School of Art

The Kent Creativity Festival announces 2019 artists and performers for September event!

Art education alumnus, Dillon Sedar (B.A. ‘13, M.A. ’17), was named the Arts Educator Honoree at Summit Artspace’s Arts Alive award ceremony in June 2019. He was one of three finalists for the award category. According to Summit Artspace’s website, the Arts Alive Awards “were created to recognize gifted artists, talented art educators and change-making advocates and volunteers at an inspiring celebration of achievement. They bring art to life and help shape our community’s culture.” Mr.

Senior art education major, Christina Timmons has received a Director’s Fellowship at the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) for the summer of 2019. Ms. Timmons is one of four undergraduate students from around the country chosen for the program, which aims to diversify the pool of emerging museum professionals.  Two of the fellowships are reserved for top candidates who are attending historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and two for students from non-HBCUs. 

Jolynn Santiago (B.F.A. Jewelry/Metals/Enameling ’13) was recently awarded an 11-month residency at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Tennessee. 

Dr. Shana Klein, Assistant Professor of Art History, received the Farris Family Innovation Award to help fund her book project, “The Fruits of Empire: Art, Food, and the Politics of Race in the Age of National Expansion.” Dr. Klein is one of the first recipients to receive this award outside the scientific community. 

Twelve Kent State University School of Art alumni and one faculty member have been selected for acquisitions and commissions for the art collection located at Summa Health System’s new patient tower in Akron, including Diana Al-Hadid and Don Drumm. 

Seven Kent State University School of Art faculty and alumni have been awarded Ohio Arts Council’s Individual Excellence Awards for 2019.  This award includes a grant of $5000 for each individual artist or is split between collaborators.  Seventy-eight artists received funding for this year’s grant cycle.  Faculty members Peter Christian Johnson, Mahwish Chishty and Paul O’Keeffe (professor emeritus) were among the awardees.  Four alumni were also included on the list: Corrie Slawson, Rachel Smith,

Assistant Professor of Art History, Joseph Underwood and Assistant Professor of Foundations, Mahwish Chishty received awards recognizing their outstanding research from Kent State University.  Ms. Chishty received the Outstanding Research and Scholarship Award and Dr. Underwood received the Outstanding New Faculty Research and Scholarship Award.  Sponsored by the University Research Council and the Division of Research and Sponsored Programs, this award is intended to recognize Kent State’s exceptional researchers and scholars.

An exhibition curated by the School of Art’s gallery director, Anderson Turner, will feature assistant professor of ceramics, Peter Christian Johnson as well as five other artists who live in the Midwest.  “Drafting Dimensions” will be on view at the Canton Museum of Art from May 3 through July 21, 2019.  An opening reception will take place on Friday, May 3 from 5-8 p.m.