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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:

Associate Professor in Art Education, Dr. Linda Hoeptner Poling has been named the 2018 Ohio Art Educator of the Year by the Ohio Art Education Association.  Additionally, she will also be inducted as an OAEA Distinguished Fellow, a prestigious position for members who have made long-term marked contributions to the Association and to the advancement of art education. 

Kent State University President Beverly J. Warren recently presented 13 Kent State faculty members with the 2018 President’s Faculty Excellence Award, which recognizes exceptional performance that leads to the achievement of national or international recognition in the faculty member’s discipline.  Dr. Robin Vande Zande (Art Education) and Mahwish Chishty (Foundations) both received this prestigious honor.  

Darice Polo, Associate Professor in Drawing, will be featured in a curated group exhibition, Ohio Artists for Freedoms at the Art Academy of Cincinnati.  Curated by Emily Hanako Momohara, this exhibition is part of the For Freedoms 50 State Initiative—a non-partisan, nationwide campaign to use art as a means of inspiring broad civic participation.

Evening to include Grammy-nominated, Tony-winning performers and significant modernist artist 

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