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Dan Alexander in front of his glass artwork, images of glass art by Dan, a blue vase and a tall cup with lid In his professional career as a glassblower, Kent State University alumnus Dan Alexander has done a lot in the decade since graduating with a B.F.A. in Craft in 2010. From humble beginnings in the hot shop at Hale Farm and Village, he has since traveled the world as an educator and demonstrator for the Corning Museum of Glass, working with some of...

A screen shot of the online store for the ARTshop, a fox print, a ceramic vase and a pillow made of woven textiles The School of Art’s ARTshop has opened an online store for purchase of student-made artwork, creating a convenient way for the public to support students. The KSU ARTshop opened in 2017 at the Center for the Visual Arts as a student-run retail shop where students can sell their work while refining their entrepreneurial skills. Patrons can browse...

button created by Jerry Casale - Kent Students Medical Fund Most Northeast Ohio residents have at least a passing familiarity with Devo, the visually-driven, post-punk brainchild of Kent State University School of Art alumni Jerry Casale, Bob Lewis and Mark Mothersbaugh. Perhaps less commonly known is the story of exactly how the band came to be. Devo’s creation was...

Painting graduate student in her studio Kent State University School of Art is proud to announce that our M.F.A. program has again been ranked among the top in the country by U.S. News and World Report. Kent State climbed four spots to #110 in 2020 from the 2016 ranking of #114. We are honored that our world-renowned graduate faculty and students are being recognized for their talent and...

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Gallery view of the 2020 Student Annual The 2020 Student Annual was cut short this year because of the pandemic but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate our talented students! Every year, we invite a juror from an outside organization to select the work included in the Student Annual show as well as several prize winners. This year, Christy Davis, Curator of Exhibitions at the Canton...

Members of the band mr. Gnome, including art eduction alumna Nicole Barille; image of a woman and man standing in a frame of gold leaves The journey towards a professional career in the arts is different for everyone. For Kent State University alumna Nicole Barille, an art degree laid the groundwork for success in an unexpected way, lending inspiration and creative direction to her music. You may not need a degree to rock, but it helps. Nicole graduated from Kent State in 2004 with...

Case and McMahon Andrea Case sits at a table in Kent State’s Center for the Visual Arts, carefully contemplating the silhouettes of leaves printed in bold contrasting colors on the paper in front of her. “As a non-artist, I still feel comfortable having an opinion about this art, and trying to figure out what it means, and if I like it,” she said. “But I...

Richard Agbeze (grad student) portrait and an image of his artwork, a realistic pencil drawing of a boy M.A. Art Education candidate and international student Richard Agbeze is happy to have our faculty as his mentors as he realizes his purpose as an art educator. Richard is in his second year of the program and is currently doing research that focuses on the implementation of addressing subjects of social justice in...

John-Michael Warner, Mary Jenea Sanchez and Gabriela Muñoz Dr. John-Michael Warner, assistant professor of art history, was awarded the Andrew W. Mellon-Fronteridades Fellowship for U.S.-Mexico border research. The fellowship was awarded through the University of Arizona’s Confluence Center Creative Scholars program. The Mellon Foundation-Confluence Center initiative addresses gaps in knowledge such as...

Textiles included in the Heights Arts Exhibition, Point-Line-Pattern-Plane Heights Arts in Cleveland Heights, Ohio is currently showcasing Point - Line - Pattern - Plane, a selection of textiles curated by Kent State University professor of textiles, Janice Lessman-Moss. This exhibition highlights the work of fiber artists working in Northeast Ohio who utilize a foundation of traditional fiber arts techniques and...