School of Art

Joanne Arnett, assistant professor at the Kent State University Fashion School, received the Brandford/Elliot Award (B/EA) for Excellence in Fiber Art during the Textile Society of America (TSA) Biennial Symposium in Savannah, GA on Oct. 22, 2016.  This prestigious award is presented biennially at the Textile Society of American Symposium to an emerging artist on the strength of their work; nominated and selected by a board of professional artists in the field.

Davin Ebanks, assistant professor and head of Glass at the School of Art, has been awarded second place in the juried exhibition GATHERING:  Contemporary Glass from the Heartland at Ball State University in Indianapolis, Indiana from Sept. 27 – Oct. 28, 2016. The exhibit showcased the best of emerging and established glass artists from Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Wisconsin—the heartland of America. This year, 63 works of art by 31 artists were included.

Darice Polo, Associate Professor in Drawing and Division Coordinator received one of the 2016 Creative Workforce Fellowships from the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture in Cleveland.  Polo was one of forty Cuyahoga County recipients of the prize this year.

Assistant Professor in Ceramics, Peter Christian Johnson, will be having a solo exhibit at the Ferrin Contemporary from Nov. 18 - Dec. 31, 2016.  Ferrin Contemporary, a contemporary ceramic art gallery, is located on the campus of MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA.  POISE: Peter Christian Johnson will feature Johnson's most recent work.

Assistant Professor in Print Media, Breanne Trammell's solo exhibition, 86 BAD VIBES, is on view at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City, NE through November 4.  This body of work features a collection of letterpress prints and drawings. “86” is a back-of-house term in restaurant culture, a way of communicating that the kitchen has run out of a certain ingredient or dish.

Print Media and Photography students Shelby Solomon and Katie Metcalf have been awarded Dennis Eckart Fund awards for their upcoming participation in the Mid America Print Council Conference October 5-8 at the University of Louisville, Louisville, KY.  The Dennis E. Eckart Endowed Student Leadership fund provides support for students seeking educational opportunities, leadership development programs, internships, community service and co-curricular experiences.

Darice Polo, Associate Professor and Division Coordinator in Drawing and Painting, will be having a solo exhibition at West Virginia University at the Laura Mesaros Gallery.  The exhibit will be on view from Oct. 13 - Nov. 11, 2016 and will include 20 of Polo's drawings, paintings, photography and video work.  She will also be giving a lecture at the university on Oct. 13 followed by student studio visits.

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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.