School of Art

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

The finalists of the 2016 Stratosphere Juried Art Competition will have their work on display April 20-30 at Kent State University’s Downtown Gallery, located at 141 E. Main St. in Kent. A reception and awards ceremony will take place on Thursday, April 21, from 5 to 7 p.m., with competition winners announced at 6 p.m. Both the gallery and reception are free and open to the public.

Amanda Boyd, B.A. & M.A., Art Education

Art education alumna Amanda BoydAmanda Boyd is a two-time graduate of the Kent State University School of Art. She received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in art education.

Now, Boyd serves as the curriculum director for Skullz Salon’s House of Skullz, the shop’s professional development program.

Devo founder Mark Mothersbaugh, who attended the Kent State University School of Art, is collaborating with printmaking students and faculty as part of an upcoming retrospective of Mothersbaugh’s work.

Michael Loderstedt, professor of printmaking, was selected to produce 100 prints to be sold at the Akron Art Museum during “Myopia,” the first retrospective of Mothersbaugh’s work. Loderstedt then obtained approval from Mothersbaugh, his assistant and the Akron Art Museum to bring on two assistants of his own, senior printmaking students Casey Engelhart and Katie Metcalf.

Janice Lessman-Moss, professor of textile arts, was recently named the winner of a 2016 Governor’s Award for the Arts in Ohio. She is one of two artists recognized by the state in the “individual artist” category.

The Center for the Visual Arts, the new facility and home of the Kent State University School of Art, will celebrate its grand opening on May 6, 2016. The festivities begin at 3 p.m. with a short program, immediately followed by building tours, live entertainment, student exhibitions and refreshments.

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