School of Art

School of Art

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...

Portrait of Lori Kella Lori Kella, part-time professor of photography at the School of Art, was selected for the inaugural exhibition at The Momentary, a new contemporary art space at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas. Kella is one of 60 artists selected from around the country and one of three from the state of Ohio...

Michael Loderstedt in the Photocentric Gallery space in Waterloo Professor Emeritus and alumnus Michael Loderstedt is opening an art photography gallery in Cleveland this December called Photocentric. The gallery is located in the Waterloo Arts District of Cleveland at 15515 Waterloo Rd. and E. 156th St. (formerly the “Gold Building”). Photocentric has 1000 sq. ft. of newly renovated, well-lit gallery space...

Ohio Art Education Association students with their awards Two Kent State University undergraduate art education students received significant awards at the 2019 Ohio Art Education Association (OAEA) Conference in Columbus. Amelia Golec received the Pre-Service Division Award for the state of Ohio and Megan Carney received a $1000 scholarship from the Ohio Art Education Foundation (OAEF) for an essay she...

Taryn McMahon with Knight Arts Challenge Award for Power of Print: Resistance and Revolution conference in 2020 Taryn McMahon, Assistant Professor of Print Media and Photography, was recently awarded $30,000 in support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge in Akron for an upcoming printmaking conference that will be held on Kent State University’s campus as well as various locations in Akron.   The Mid America Print...