College of the Arts

Janice Lessman-Moss headshot in front of weaving Janice Lessman-Moss, professor of textiles in Kent State University’s School of Art, has been named Cleveland Arts Prize’s 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award winner. Cleveland Arts Prize promotes creativity in Northeast Ohio by honoring artists for artistic excellence and recognizes community leaders who help regional arts flourish.  Lessman-Moss...

Ohio Quilts Exhibit - Keckley Quilt The Kent State University Museum’s newest exhibition, “Ohio Quilts,” which is now open through April 12, 2020, features an eclectic group of historical quilts that in many ways reflects the history of Ohio dating back to the early 19th century.    This exhibition assembles quilts reflecting a variety of techniques, including appliqué,...

Dr. Kent McWilliams-Director, School of Music Kent, Ohio – After a national search, the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music and the College of the Arts at Kent State University are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Kent McWilliams as the next Director of the School of Music. Formerly, Dr. McWilliams served as a Professor of Music and Associate Dean of Fine Arts at St. Olaf College in...

Dillon Sedar receives the Arts Alive Arts Educator Award from Summit Artspace.  He holds the award surrounded by Summit Artspace employees.  Arts Alive logo is on the right. Art education alumnus, Dillon Sedar (B.A. ‘13, M.A. ’17), was named the Arts Educator Honoree at Summit Artspace’s Arts Alive award ceremony in June 2019. He was one of three finalists for the award category. According to Summit Artspace’s website, the Arts Alive Awards “were created to recognize gifted artists, talented art educators...

Artist residencies - Studio Kura (left) and Arquetopia Foundation (right) Textiles graduate students, Meagan Smith and Diana Pemberton, both received Kent State University’s International Travel Award from the Graduate Student Senate to study textiles at international artist residencies this summer. Ms. Smith was awarded a residency for the month of July 2019 through Studio Kura’s...

Christina Timmons, Director Senior art education major, Christina Timmons has received a Director’s Fellowship at the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) for the summer of 2019. Ms. Timmons is one of four undergraduate students from around the country chosen for the program, which aims to diversify the pool of emerging museum professionals.  Two of the fellowships are reserved...

An MFA Acting candidate performs in "Emilie: La Marquise du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight" The School of Theatre and Dance's M.F.A. in Acting for the Returning Professional program was recently recognized as one of the "5 Most Underrated MFA Acting Programs" by OnStage Blog.  In deciding its rankings, OnStage Blog considered programs' facilities, cost, faculty, admissions, curriculum, career and alumni support, and performance...

A Kent State University fashion design student works on a collection. The world-renowned fashion publication The Business of Fashion recently named Kent State University's School of Fashion Design and Merchandising as one of the best fashion schools in the world for 2019.   After taking a pause in 2018 to reevaluate their approach to fashion school rankings, The Business of Fashion decided to take a new...

Kimberly Karpanty performs in MONSOON School of Theatre and Dance professor Kimberly Karpanty will perform a self-choreographed solo work, MONSOON, at Cleveland Public Theatre's annual DanceWorks series of contemporary dance. MONSOON is produced by Karpanty's dance company, Travesty Dance Group. MONSOON reveals parallels between the catastrophic storm and human experience, from...

Gregory King    Assistant professor of Dance Gregory King has been named a Provost Faculty Associate for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for 2019-2020 by Provost Todd Diacon and Vice President of DEI Alfreda Brown. According to Kent State's Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the purpose of the Provost’s Faculty Associates for DEI is to support...