School of Art

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

Dr. Robin Vande Zande, Professor in Art Education at Kent State University (pictured left), has been awarded two high honors for her outstanding accomplishments in higher education.  She was one of three recipients for the Kent State Alumni Association’s Distinguished Teaching Award, which she accepted along with Zhiqiang Wang (Chemistry, Geauga Campus) and Gary Koski (Biological Sciences, Kent Campus).  Dr.

Nikki Couppee (MFA Jewelry/Metals/Enameling, 2011) has been selected to exhibit work in Munich as part of the 2018 Schmuck Exhibition.  Couppee is one of 65 artists from 21 countries were selected from 912 applicants for the 59th installment of this international jewelry exhibition. Schmuck is a special show of the International Trade Fair for the Skilled Trades taking place in Munich in March each year since 1959.

Kent State University art instructor Don King enjoys spending time outside of the classroom hunting for wild mushrooms.

When Kent State University art professor Don King spotted the tall, spongy brown sprout under a beech tree, he felt a familiar adrenaline rush – that feeling of thrill that all treasure-hunters experience when eyeing their prize.

Assistant Professor in Foundations, Mahwish Chishty has been included in a second exhibition at the Imperial War Museum in London. She also had a solo exhibition at the museum last year.  Age of Terror: Art since 9/11 will feature more than 40 British and international artists, including Ai Weiwei, Grayson Perry, Gerhard Richter, Jenny Holzer, Mona Hatoum, Alfredo Jaar, Coco Fusco and Jake & Dinos Chapman.

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