School of Art

Heather Lenz, School of Art alumna, was recently featured on WVIZ’s ideastream radio show for her documentary film, Kusama – Infinity. The film, which is about the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, was written, directed and produced by Lenz. The documentary was shown at the Sundance Film Festival and the Cleveland International Film Festival this past spring. 

Akron Soul Train recently announced their roster of 2018-19 fellows, which include current graduate student in painting, Alysia Klein and M.F.A. alumna in painting, Charisse Harris.  They are among eleven total visual artists and two musicians who received the honor this year.  

The School of Art at Kent State University is happy to announce that the curators for the CAN Triennial have included multiple faculty, alumni and one current graduate student in the exhibition.  The CAN Triennial coincides with the FRONT International Triennial for two weeks in July as an effort to show the type of art being created in the Cleveland region.  The exhibition will be on view from July 7 - 29, 2018 at the 78th Street Studios. 

Recent B.F.A. graduate, Kade Marsili, was accepted into the prestigious XL Catlin Art Prize with his painting, “Boy Sitting Infront of a Tiger Tapestry.”  Developed in partnership with the New York Academy of Art, the XL Catlin Art Prize is open to figurative paintings, drawings and prints created by undergraduate and graduate art students.  The competition aims to focus on the reemergence of figurative art in the contemporary art world.

Kent State University School of Art students will be selling their work at the Boston Mills Artfest this year at both the June and July shows.  Students have the opportunity to sell their artwork in a professional setting for the fourth year in a row thanks to a generous donor, Kady Pownall, who supports Kent State’s participation in Artfest.  

Diana Al-Hadid (B.F.A. Sculpture, B.A. Art History ’03) has a new public art exhibition in Madison Square Park called “Delirious Matter.”  Six sculptures are on view through September 3, 2018 throughout Madison Square Parks’ central Oval Lawn, peripheral lawns, and northern reflecting pool.  This is Al-Hadid’s first public art project.  

Gianna Commito, Professor in Painting at the School of Art, will be exhibiting her work as a part of the FRONT International Triennial in Cleveland this summer.  She is one of 114 artists participating in the exhibition and one of only 13 who are from Northeast Ohio. FRONT is a summer-long exhibition of contemporary art from around the world on view from July 14 to September 30 in Cleveland, Akron and Oberlin.

Undergraduate student, Dara Ronli Alper, was awarded a residency at Autonoma Factory in Murano, Italy, a city known for its rich history in the glass industry. The residency was awarded from the Pilchuck Glass School supported by Laguna B to only six candidates from around the world.  She and the five other intermediate to advanced glassblowers are spending two weeks in the city, learning from the Venetian maestros with guidance from glass artist, Andy Paiko from April 30 – May 11, 2018.

CVA InteriorThe Center for the Visual Arts, which had its grand opening in 2016, was recently awarded the ALA (Association of Licensed Architects) Merit Award in the Institutional category.  The 2017 ALA awards honored two Payto Architects projects.