School of Art

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 

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.