School of Art

Oxana Dallas, graduate student in textiles, was recently featured in the Canton Repository for her M.A. thesis exhibition, “Augmented Reality: The Art of Story Telling Through the Blend of Digital Photography and Woven Jacquard Structure.” The exhibition, which was on view in the Crawford Gallery at the Center for the Visual Arts at Kent State University in March, featured digital jacquard weavings based on photographs she took of her friend during her battle with cancer.

Arron Foster, Assistant Professor of Print Media, will be exhibiting his work at four different galleries in April.  His work has been included in two shows at the Southern Graphics Council International (SGCI) Conference in Las Vegas from April 4-7.  He has also been included in a juried exhibition at the MINT gallery in Atlanta, Georgia titled “Interrupted.” Lastly, Foster has solo exhibition at the BOX Gallery in Akron, Ohio titled “Another Time has other Lives to Live” opening on April 13.

Kent State University professor, Dr. Robin Vande Zande, has received three awards this year from the National Art Education Association (NAEA) for outstanding achievement in the field of art and design education.  She has been recognized as the 2018 National Higher Education Art Educator and the 2018 Western Region Higher Education Art Educator in addition to being inducted as a NAEA Distinguished National Fellow.

Jonas Sebura began as Assistant Professor at the School of Art in 2016 in the sculpture area and students have been benefiting from his contemporary view of art making in a revamping of courses within the discipline.  Sebura brings an expertise in the “expanded media” aspect of sculpture to Kent State, teaching courses that focus on time-based, socially engaged and site-specific artworks.  His own work touches on themes of religion/belief systems, skateboarding culture and male relationships, often collaborating with his good friend and fellow artist, Alex Gartelmann. Learn more in this Q&A.

Mahwish Chishty, Assistant Professor in Foundations, was invited to do a SWAP (SPACES World Artists Program) residency at SPACES Gallery in Cleveland. The artist residency results in a solo exhibition at the gallery from January 26 – March 23, 2018.  Chishty’s project titled “Naming the Dead” is a sound installation with participants who are school-age children.  

Michael Loderstedt, retired professor in printmaking at the School of Art, has work included in the Cleveland Print Room’s fifth anniversary show Anthropocene, a new exhibition that examines how humans affect the environment. Loderstedt is showing work along with former Clevelander, photojournalist Tom Laffay; and Oscar Palacio, a native Colombian who lives in Boston.

Gianna Commito, Associate Professor in Painting at Kent State's School of Art, has a solo exhibition at Rachel Uffner Gallery in New York City featuring a new body of work.  The exhibition will be on view from January 5 - February 25, 2018. 

Taryn McMahon, Assistant Professor in Print Media, will be having a solo exhibition called Vanishing Points at the Thompson Gallery on the Furman University campus in South Carolina. The exhibition will be on view January 15 - February 15, 2018. The exhibition includes an installation of eight large-scale printed banners created specifically for Thompson Gallery. Twelve additional works on paper will also be on view.

The Collective Arts Network (CAN) has picked a diverse team of four curators for its big regional triennial exhibition next summer, with two Kent State University School of Art alumni on the list.  MFA alumnus Curlee Raven Holton, executive director of the University of Maryland's David C.

Senior Lecturer in Art Education, Juliann Dorff, was inducted into the Ohio Art Education Association’s (OAEA) group of Distinguished Fellows for 2017.  The OAEA Distinguished Fellow is a prestigious position bestowed upon members of the Association.  These OAEA members have made long term, marked contributions to the Association and to the advancement of art education at the regional, divisional, local, state and national levels.  Being named a Distinguished Fellow is viewed as a way to additionally honor art educators for exceptional

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