School of Art

Photo of Bob DylanLegendary musician Bob Dylan will have some of his visual arts output exhibited at Kent State University’s Downtown Gallery. “Face Value,” a collection of 12 large portraits drawn in pastel, will run Jan. 21-March 5 at the university’s Downtown Gallery, located at 141 E. Main St. in Kent, Ohio. There will be an opening reception on Jan. 21 from 5-7 p.m.

Bob DylanLegendary musician Bob Dylan will have some of his visual arts output exhibited at Kent State University’s Downtown Gallery in early 2016. “Face Value,” a collection of twelve large portraits drawn in pastel, will run Jan. 21 - March 5 at the Downtown Gallery, located at 141 E. Main St. in Kent. There will be an opening reception Jan. 21 from 5 to 7 p.m.; both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

Davin Ebanks, assistant lecturer in glass (and Kent State M.F.A. alumnus), has been named a recipient of the Silver Heritage Cross, awarded by the Cayman National Cultural Foundation for creativity in the arts. The Silver Cross recognizes artists who have consistently preserved and celebrated Caymanian cultural heritage in their creative practice over the course of 10 years or more. Recipients are first nominated, then chosen by a panel. It is considered one of the highest honors for a Caymanian citizen.

What was once an old, abandoned woodshed from the early 1900s, eventually evolved into a controversial and well-known piece of art.

 

 

“Nobody was planning on a world-famous work of art,” said Brinsley Tyrrell, Kent State University professor emeritus. “It happened and became famous.”

Nikki Couppee, M.F.A. ’11

Work by jewelry artist Nikki Couppee

Artist Nikki Couppee examines questions of authenticity and status in her jewelry making. “I seek to create opulent jewelry that is reminiscent of royal jewelry but made out of quotidian materials instead of precious gems and metals,” she says. “Plexiglass, brass and found objects stand in for gemstones, gold and pearls in my asymmetrically designed pieces.”

The Ohio Art Education Association honored two faculty members and one student from Kent State during their annual professional development conference, held in Dayton on Nov. 7.

Associate Lecturer Juliann Dorff received the Higher Education Division Award, while Assistant Professor Linda Hoeptner Poling was named an Outstanding Art Teacher for the northeast region. Meanwhile, senior art education major Cody Knepper was awarded the $2,000 top scholarship by the Ohio Art Education Association Foundation; he was also the Student Chapter Division Award recipient.

The completed first phase of the new Center for the Visual Arts opened for classes at the start of the fall semester. Ceramics, glass and jewelry/metals/enameling — the so-called “fire arts” — along with printmaking, were the first disciplines to migrate fully to the new building, joining the sculpture program, which held the fort in the former Art Annex during construction. They will be joined in the spring semester by art education, art history, drawing, painting, textiles and the School of Art Galleries.

Picasso and Celestina: The Artist's Vision of the Procuress by Carol SalusCarol Salus, associate professor of art history, is the author of the new book "Picasso and Celestina: The Artist’s Vision of the Procuress," published earlier this year by Juan de la Cuesta Hispanic Monographs.

The Kent State School of Art’s Downtown Gallery will spotlight work by Cleveland artist Darius Steward in an upcoming solo exhibition. “BAC N 4th” will run Nov. 17 - Dec. 19, with a reception Thursday, Nov. 19, from 5 to 7 p.m. Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

We share with great regret the news that longtime art history faculty member Gingr Vaughan died suddenly last week. Gingr, who received her M.F.A. in printmaking from Kent State in 1984, began teaching here the following year.

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