School of Art

The National Art Education Association has named Juliann Dorff, Senior Lecturer in Art Education at Kent State University, the recipient of the 2019 NAEA, The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), VSA Beverly Levett Gerber Special Needs Lifetime Achievement. This award recognizes an NAEA/SNAE member whose exemplary lifetime career has made a unique and lasting impact on art education’s important role in the lives of people with special needs.

Part-time faculty in painting and M.F.A. painting alumnus, Charles Basham will showing his work alongside former student and B.F.A. painting alumna, Eileen Dorsey in Recent Landscapes at the Massillon Museum from March 2 though April 20, 2019.  An opening celebration will take place on Saturday, March 2, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. with a reception for the artists in Studio M gallery.

Kent State University School of Art Collection and Galleries has acquired an important piece of art history, thanks to the research of Assistant Professor, Dr. John-Michael Warner. Dr. Warner has been working on a new book focusing on the stories and relationships forged during the creation of Running Fence: A Project for California by well-known land artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude. A section of the fabric measuring 18 feet by 60 feet was recently donated by Beagle Brodsky, a onetime employee at the Running Fence Corporation, a business developed exclusively for the implementation of this project. Brodsky was hired to help install and de-install the fence. 

Mahwish Chishty, Assistant Professor of Foundations, is exhibiting in a group show called PERILOUS BODIES at the new Ford Foundation Gallery in New York City.  The exhibition will be on view from March 5 through May 11, 2019.  

Janice Lessman-Moss, Professor of Textiles, was recently awarded a United States Artists Fellowship in Craft, which includes $50,000 in unrestricted funds.  United States Artists, a Chicago-based organization, awards “up to fifty $50,000 unrestricted fellowships to the most compelling artists working and living in the United States, in all disciplines, at every stage of their career,” based upon the belief that artists play an essential role in our society and need to be supported.

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.

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