College of the Arts

On a morning in early June, the Costume Shop at Kent State University’s Center for the Performing Arts was filled with sounds—sewing machines buzzing, radio blasting, women chattering and laughing.

With less than a week to go before Kent State’s Porthouse Theatre opened its 49th season with the musical “9 to 5”—based on the hit 1980 movie starring Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda—members of the costume crew were working way more hours than 9 to 5 to meet their deadline.

What’s it really like to build costumes from scratch for a mainstage musical?  The sights and sounds of Kent State University’s Costume Shop are as much of a production as the show itself.

Nikki Couppee, M.F.A. alumna in Jewelry/Metals/Enameling '11, has a solo exhibition titled Lucent at Cincinnati's Ombre Gallery from June 8 - July 16, 2017.  Couppee examines questions of authenticity and status in her jewelry making.

Angela Ritossa is getting ready to compete in the Miss U.S. Supranational pageant later this month.

International Print Center New York (IPCNY) recently announced the fifty-sixth presentation of its New Prints Program, a biannual, juried open call for prints. Undergraduate student in Print Media and Photography, McKinzie Trotta, was accepted into this exhibition with her print titled “Half Night,” which was created in professor Breanne Trammell’s silkscreen course this past semester.

Kent State sophomore fashion design and business student Madeline Mehler launched a business that creates a more sustainable, lower carbon-footprint approach to making clothes.

Kent State University’s School of Fashion Design and Merchandising has once again been named among the nation’s elite, according to new rankings from

For Fashion Merchandising, the school has been rated #3 Nationally (top 2 percent of schools considered), #3 Nationally among public schools and colleges (top 4 percent of schools considered), and #1 in the Midwest.

The School of Theatre and Dance celebrated the culmination of the 2016-2017 academic year on Saturday, May 6 with the School's annual banquet, planned and sponsored by Alpha Psi Omega. 

During the evening's event, the School of Theatre and Dance announced that the following students had received scholarships and awards: 

School Scholarships and awards

School of Theatre and Dance Academic Achievement Award
Theatre: Katelyn Cassidy, Talia Cosentino
Dance: Ashley Buersmeyer

The 2017 Piano Institute, in association with the Piano Division of the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music at Kent State University, will present a series of master classes and recitals from June 9-18 on the university’s campus and culminate with the June 18 gala concert at Severance Hall’s Reinberger Chamber Hall in Cleveland. This program is a highly intensive and prestigious festival for talented piano students in grades 7-12. The June 18 gala concert will feature 14 highly gifted pre-collegiate pianists from the United States, China and Italy.

Fashion School alumnus Michael Cunningham reflects on his career path and more in this video. Michael is head designer and creative director at Joan Vass and also teaches at the Fashion School's NYC Studio.