School of Art

Janice Lessman-Moss headshot in front of weaving Janice Lessman-Moss, professor of textiles in Kent State University’s School of Art, has been named Cleveland Arts Prize’s 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award winner. Cleveland Arts Prize promotes creativity in Northeast Ohio by honoring artists for artistic excellence and recognizes community leaders who help regional arts flourish.  Lessman-Moss...

Dillon Sedar receives the Arts Alive Arts Educator Award from Summit Artspace.  He holds the award surrounded by Summit Artspace employees.  Arts Alive logo is on the right. Art education alumnus, Dillon Sedar (B.A. ‘13, M.A. ’17), was named the Arts Educator Honoree at Summit Artspace’s Arts Alive award ceremony in June 2019. He was one of three finalists for the award category. According to Summit Artspace’s website, the Arts Alive Awards “were created to recognize gifted artists, talented art educators...

Artist residencies - Studio Kura (left) and Arquetopia Foundation (right) Textiles graduate students, Meagan Smith and Diana Pemberton, both received Kent State University’s International Travel Award from the Graduate Student Senate to study textiles at international artist residencies this summer. Ms. Smith was awarded a residency for the month of July 2019 through Studio Kura’s...

Christina Timmons, Director Senior art education major, Christina Timmons has received a Director’s Fellowship at the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) for the summer of 2019. Ms. Timmons is one of four undergraduate students from around the country chosen for the program, which aims to diversify the pool of emerging museum professionals.  Two of the fellowships are reserved...

Jolynn Santiago artwork, marking time and vestige Jolynn Santiago (B.F.A. Jewelry/Metals/Enameling ’13) was recently awarded an 11-month residency at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Tennessee.  Each year, five artists working in different media are selected to participate in the program, which was established in 1991.  According to the website, the program provides early career,...

Fruits of the Tropics, lithograph, 1871, Currier and Ives Dr. Shana Klein, Assistant Professor of Art History, received the Farris Family Innovation Award to help fund her book project, “The Fruits of Empire: Art, Food, and the Politics of Race in the Age of National Expansion.”  This three year fellowship is offered to full-time tenure-track (not yet tenured) faculty at Kent State University to...

Alumna Diana Al-Hadid speaking in front of her artwork installed at Summa Health Systems Twelve Kent State University School of Art alumni and one faculty member have been selected for acquisitions and commissions for the art collection located at Summa Health System’s new patient tower in Akron.  According to Summa’s website, the new patient tower on the Summa Health System - Akron Campus...

Peter Christian Johnson, Paul O Seven Kent State University School of Art faculty and alumni have been awarded Ohio Arts Council’s Individual Excellence Awards for 2019.  This award includes a grant of $5000 for each individual artist or is split between collaborators.  Seventy-eight artists received funding for this year’s grant cycle.  Faculty members Peter Christian...

Mahwish Chishty and Joseph Underwood research awards Assistant Professor of Art History, Joseph Underwood and Assistant Professor of Foundations, Mahwish Chishty received awards recognizing their outstanding research from Kent State University.  Ms. Chishty received the Outstanding Research and Scholarship Award and Dr. Underwood received the Outstanding New Faculty Research and Scholarship Award. ...

Drafting Dimensions, Peter Christian Johnson An exhibition curated by the School of Art’s gallery director, Anderson Turner, will feature assistant professor of ceramics, Peter Christian Johnson as well as five other artists who live in the Midwest.  “Drafting Dimensions” will be on view at the Canton Museum of Art from May 3 through July 21, 2019.  An opening reception will take...