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You can conduct the KSU Orchestra The Kent Creativity Festival announces 2019 artists and performers for September event! The Kent Creativity Festival, sponsored by the City of Kent and the Kent State University College of the Arts will present the annual outdoor hands-on arts festival on Saturday, September 28 from 11 am – 5 pm on the Lester A. Lefton Esplanade between Kent...

Image of three paintings in a gallery by MFA student Katie Butler and a picture of Katie on the right. Art is a way to contextualize the political climate and make sense of a tumultuous world. MFA candidate in painting and graduate teaching assistant, Katie Butler, has confronted the COVID-19 pandemic and related political issues in her work over the course of the past year. Her still life depictions of fish, a departure from her beginnings in...

Image of three paintings in a gallery by MFA student Katie Butler and a picture of Katie on the right. You might have heard of a group called AfriCOBRA (African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists) and its legacy in African American art history. What you might not know is that one of its earliest members was Kent State alumnus Nelson Stevens, an artist who earned his M.F.A. in Studio Art and Art History from the School of Art in 1969. Born in Brooklyn,...

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A weaving by Meagan Smith, a colorful nature painting by Kasey Kania, and a sculpture of a breakfast table setting by Maureen Chisholm Every year, School of Art majors, minors, and graduate students submit their best artwork to the Student Annual juried exhibition, which is curated by a guest juror. This year, the guest juror was Claudia Berlinski, Director of the McDonough Museum of Art at Youngstown State University. The show, which consists of 32 artworks selected from 161...

Georgio Sabino III at his exhibition of photography standing in front of a photograph of President Barack Obama. It is not often that you have the opportunity to photograph figures such as Oprah Winfrey or to meet former President Barack Obama, but Georgio Sabino III’s career has led him to do so. Owner of GS3 Innovations, LLC, he earned his B.A. in Fine Arts from Kent State University in 1999 and went on to earn his M.A. in Art Education from the Cleveland...

Georgio Sabino III at his exhibition of photography standing in front of a photograph of President Barack Obama. KENT, Ohio –  The Kent State University School of Art will present several virtual lectures with internationally-known visiting artists and scholars this April. These virtual talks will include appearances from Rachel Eulena Williams, Glenn Adamson, Dawit L. Petros, and Naeem Mohaiemen. These lectures are free and open to the public and will...

Fran Ugalde Z. in the Cummings Center by some Native American artifacts. She is installing some of those artifacts on the left from a ladder. Kent is surrounded by opportunities for community engagement— just ask School of Art alumna Francisca Ugalde Zapico. She graduated from Kent State University with her B.F.A. in Painting in 2005 and earned her M.A. in Arts Administration from The University of Akron. She currently works as a curator at the Institute for Human Science and Culture...

The storefront of Squirrel City Jewelers in downtown Kent and an example of a ring made by the owner with a blue sapphire and diamonds. If you take a stroll down Acorn Alley, you will find a charming shop called Squirrel City Jewelers owned by Kent State alumnus Michael Faehnel. Michael earned his B.F.A. in Jewelry/Metals/Enameling and Glass from the School of Art and decided to stay local after he graduated in 2004. He said he loves the “balance of playful curiosity, civic and...

Four images of accepted exhibition submissions Kent State School of Art professors Joseph L. Underwood, assistant professor of art history, and J. Leigh Garcia, assistant professor of print media and photography, collaborated to co-curate an international, outdoor art exhibition. They have partnered with The Global Understanding Research Initiative (GURI) on a juried exhibition entitled...

School of Art Collection and Galleries

MFA artwork for the thesis exhibitions in spring 2021 The Kent State University School of Art Collection and Galleries will present multiple exhibitions this spring that showcase student artwork. These exhibitions include the Student Annual (March 19 - May 1, 2021), 15 M.F.A Thesis Exhibitions (March 23 - April 2, 2021), and 20 B.F.A Thesis Exhibitions (April 6-8, 2021), all focusing on School of Art...