School of Art

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.

Assistant Professor in Print Media, Taryn McMahon, has been included in three group juried and invitational exhibitions. The first is "Tiny Acts Topple Empires," curated by Heather Darcy Bhandari, and is on display through June 2 in the Woskob Family Gallery in State College, PA.

On April 13, 2018 the School of Art hosted the Scholarship Award Ceremony where undergraduate and graduate students received over $42,000 in funds for tuition, travel study and artist residencies.  Thank you to all the donors who made this possible!

Oxana Dallas, graduate student in textiles, was recently featured in the Canton Repository for her M.A. thesis exhibition, “Augmented Reality: The Art of Story Telling Through the Blend of Digital Photography and Woven Jacquard Structure.” The exhibition, which was on view in the Crawford Gallery at the Center for the Visual Arts at Kent State University in March, featured digital jacquard weavings based on photographs she took of her friend during her battle with cancer.

Arron Foster, Assistant Professor of Print Media, will be exhibiting his work at four different galleries in April.  His work has been included in two shows at the Southern Graphics Council International (SGCI) Conference in Las Vegas from April 4-7.  He has also been included in a juried exhibition at the MINT gallery in Atlanta, Georgia titled “Interrupted.” Lastly, Foster has solo exhibition at the BOX Gallery in Akron, Ohio titled “Another Time has other Lives to Live” opening on April 13.