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The School of Art is pleased to announce the scholarship winners for the spring 2019 cycle.  Students are chosen for scholarships based on portfolios, written essays, GPA and financial need, depending on the individual scholarship specifications. The fall 2019 scholarship applications will open on January 18, 2019 with a deadline of March 8, 2019.  Scholarship awards are available for students in all School of Art majors as well as incoming freshmen. For more information, please visit our scholarship website

The Ohio Art Education Association (OAEA) named the Kent State University Stark Campus as one of the Distinguished Buisinesses/Organizations for Art Education in 2018.  The award was presented to Professor Jack McWhorter, who teaches painting and drawing at the Stark campus, at the OAEA conference on November 9, 2018.  McWhorter and the Stark campus were recognized for their diligent and continual work in hosting the regional Scholastic Art Awards.

Assistant professor in art history, Shana Klein focuses on American art and also researches representations of food and social politics in art.  Recently, she spoke at a symposium about a paper she wrote about race and violence in representations of watermelon. 

The School of Art at Kent State University is now hiring three full-time tenure-track faculty positions in printmaking, art history, and sculpture and expanded media.  The School of Art offers a long tradition of imagination, thought, skill, and achievement in the visual arts.

Two undergraduate students in the Jewelry/Metals/Enameling program, Alyse Hanna and Ashley Smith, have been selected to have their work published in the book “The Art of Fine Enameling: Revisited” by Karen Cohen, which is scheduled to be published in November 2019.

Art Education alumna, Natalie Friedl (’04), has been awarded the North Carolina Art Education Association’s Elementary Art Educator of the Year award for 2018-19.  She will receive her award during the NCAEA Professional Development Conference November 1-4, 2018 in Asheville, NC. 

Peter Christian Johnson, Assistant Professor in Ceramics, has a solo exhibition called "Acts of Contrition” at Sculpture Space NYC.  "Acts of Contrition" explores the tension between toil and collapse, between precision and failure.  It is a meditation on entropy that uses architecture as a foil to examine human nature and the dichotomy of creation and destruction. The exhibition is on view through November 17, 2018.  

Dr. Joseph Underwood, Assistant Professor of Art History, has curated an exhibition called The View From Here: Contemporary Perspectives From Senegal, which is traveling to multiple locations in the U.S. after its debut in Dakar in May.  Featuring work created since 2010, this exhibition offers a wide panorama of art practice from the perspective of artists—individuals who uncover aspects of their own identity as they reflect on contemporary life in Senegal. Three art history students, Abby Hermosilla, Rachel Lieberman and Brooke Pandrea, assisted Underwood with curatorial work including writing and research. The exhibition will travel to Kent State in January 2019.

Current graduate student in Jewelry/Metals/Enameling, Erica Hoosic was awarded the Juror's Choice Award in Ethical Metalsmiths Students’ "So Fresh + So Clean" online exhibition. Two alumni, Felicia Severn (BFA ’17) and Amanda Stumpf (BFA ’16), were also included in the exhibition.

Multiple School of Art faculty and alumni were invited to participate in the exhibition “Full Fathom Five” organized by the Progressive Art Collection.  “Full Fathom Five” is a peer-selected invitational exhibition of 30 artists working in Northeast Ohio whose artworks collectively demonstrate the depth of studio strategies at work in our coastal region.  Three School of Art alumni, including Hildur Ásgeirsdóttir Jónsson, David King and Eli Gfell, are featured as well as five faculty:

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