School of Art

Dr. Joseph Underwood at his exhibition The View From Here in Senegal KENT, Ohio – Kent State University’s School of Art is pleased to announce that Dr. Joseph Underwood, professor of art history, was selected as one of the 2020 recipients of the Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant. “Forging a New Contemporary: Art from Senegal in Transnational Networks, 1974–1984” was one of six book projects...

Dr. Joseph Underwood at his exhibition The View From Here in Senegal Carly Sherman, undergraduate art education student, was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Ohio Art Education Association (OAEA) this year. She was among two winners for pre-service OAEA members. The scholarships were awarded based on an essay with the theme "Art Strong," a digital portfolio of artwork, teaching...

Katie Bulter paintings of fish for Miami University Young Painters Competition Katie Butler, MFA candidate in painting, was selected for Miami University’s annual Young Painters Competition. As one of ten artists selected, Butler’s work will be shown at the Hiestand Galleries at Miami University from January 19 - February 25, 2021. No reception will be held. Awards and public viewing hours will be announced at a later...

Katie Bulter paintings of fish for Miami University Young Painters Competition Simon Tatum, MFA candidate in sculpture and expanded media, was selected for a group exhibition “Interior & Interiority” at the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands. The exhibition was curated by Guest Curator Emé Paschalides and features work by 19 contemporary artists as well as historical works from...

Artwork by Micah Kraus and Taryn McMahon Three School of Art faculty and one alumnus are being featured in the Akron Art Museum exhibition “Making Your Mark.” This exhibition features art nine artists living and working in Northeast Ohio. The artworks are contextualized by the artists’ own words, glimpses into their studios, and tools of their craft. The exhibition features artwork...

Stills from FEAST: a ballet Corrie Slawson, MFA alumna and part-time professor in painting and drawing, is serving as the Executive Producer of “FEAST: a ballet” which will make its online debut the day after Thanksgiving on Nov. 27. The original concept for the ballet was derived from Slawson’s sculptural work and she also created the costumes and set pieces for the...

Two paintings one by Gianna Commito geometric shapes in pink and grey, and Shawn Powell, a black and white striped umbrella. Painting professors Gianna Commito and Shawn Powell are showing their work at the upcoming Small Works exhibition at Cleveland’s Abattoir Gallery. School of Art alumni Grace Summanen, Billy Ritter and Hildur Jonsson are also included in the exhibition. Abattoir Gallery held a socially distanced opening on Nov. 20 through Nov. 22.. The show will...

Artworks by Meagan Smith and Chandler Brutscher Three School of Art alumni and one current graduate student have been awarded prizes in the 2020 Waterloo Arts Juried Exhibition, juried by Arnold Tunstall. Jacob Sagan (B.F.A. Sculpture ’20)  was awarded Second Best of Show, Emily Schmidt (B.F.A. Textiles ’19) was awarded Outstanding Work in Sculpture and...

Glassblowing process, flame being held to glass bubble on blowpipe Navigating the pandemic restrictions in all of the School of Art studio art classes this semester has been challenging to both faculty and students. A large part of the adaptation is the requirement for everyone across campus to maintain 6 feet of physical distance when possible and wear face coverings at all...

Two prints by J. Leigh Garcia - a decorated water jug and a scene of a truck dragging tires on sand with figures appearing in the sand. J. Leigh Garcia was featured on the cover of the September issue of Akron Life Magazine. Garcia was one of five artists interviewed for the article "Visionaries" that focuses on local artists who use their artwork to raise awareness about issues important to them. Following the roots of her own biracial ancestry,...