School of Art

Blossoming Gala: Celebrating the 50-year Legacy of Kent Blossom The Kent State University Schools of Art, School of Theatre & Dance and the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music all have one thing in common - professional summer programs which stemmed from a partnership in 1968 with the Cleveland Musical Arts Association, the parent company of The Cleveland Orchestra and...

Heather & Kusama Copyright Tokyo Lee Productions, Inc. 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...

Akron Soul Train - Alysia Klein and Charisse Harris 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.  Each artist receives a grant to...

CAN Triennial 2018 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...

Kade Marsili, BFA Exhibition 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...

Boston Mills Artfest 2017 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, Delirious Matter exhibition at Madison Square Park 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 Park's central Oval Lawn, peripheral lawns, and northern reflecting pool.  This is Al-Hadid’s first public art project.  ...

Front International Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art - July 14-September 30, 2018 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...

Dara Ronli Alper BFA Thesis Exhibition - Glass 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...

Center for the Visual Arts The 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. Both the Kent State University Center for the Visual Arts (CVA) and KSU'S Regional Academic Center in...