School of Art

The upcoming exhibition, ALLOY: From Art to Artifact, will include spoons made by current School of Art Lecturer in Jewelry/Metals/Enameling, Rachel Smith, current J/M/E undergrad, Larry Staats, and almuna from the J/M/E MFA program, Corey Ackelmire.  The exhibition will on view from Oct. 7 through Nov. 5, 2016 at the Carbondale Arts' R2 Gallery in Carbondale, CO.  

Assistant Professor in Foundations, Mahwish Chishty, is designing a central scenic element for the Company of Fools production of GROUNDED by award-winning playwright George Brant.  The play will run Sept. 28-Oct. 13 at the Liberty Theatre in Hailey, Idaho. 

Assistant Professor in Foundations, Mahwish Chishty, will have a solo exhibition at the Imperial War Museum in London from October 19, 2016 through March 19, 2017.  Chishty’s work combines silhouettes of military drones with decorative Pakistani folk art patterns to highlight the way in which the presence of foreign drones over Pakistan has become a feature of the physical, psychological and cultural environment of the country.

Breanne Trammell, Assistant Professor in Print Media, has been selected for a Juror's Award for her print "Bad As I Wanna Be (Cheetah)" (below).  The annual international juried exhibition Stand Out Prints is located at the Highpoint Center for Printmaking in Minneapolis, MN.  Seventy-two prints and objects (by 64 artists across four countries and 27 states) were selected from more than 800 submissions through an international call.

Associate Professor in painting, Gianna Commito will be showing her work in the group exhibition "New Geometries" at the Feisher/Ollman Gallery in Philadelphia, PA.  The show will run from September 15 through November 12, 2016.  (Image: Gianna Commito - Nepp, 2014, casein and marble dust ground on panel)

The School of Art's newly completed Center for the Visual Arts celebrated its grand opening on May 6. A large crowd filled the building lobby for the opening ceremony, which was followed by tours, live music, student exhibitions and a keynote lecture by visiting artist Mel Chin. Watch the video, which excerpts opening remarks by Beverly Warren (Kent State president), John Crawford-Spinelli (College of the Arts dean), Christine Havice (School of Art director) and Dennis Eckart (Board of Trustees chair):


Six visiting artists will present lectures as part of the summer 2016 Kent Blossom Art workshops. All lectures take place at 6 p.m. in the Center for the Visual Arts, Room 165, and are free and open to the public. Click on each date below for additional information on the artist's visit.

The Center for the Visual Arts, the new home of Kent State University’s School of Art, celebrated its grand opening on May 6. The festivities began with a short program, immediately followed by building tours, live entertainment, student exhibitions and refreshments.

Concluding the grand opening events, a lecture by distinguished visiting artist Mel Chin was held at 6:30 p.m. in Room 165. The opening program and events, as well as the keynote lecture, were free and open to the public.

Photo 1 of the Center for the Visual ArtsNew building unites all School of Art disciplines under one roof