School of Art

Kent State University art instructor Don King enjoys spending time outside of the classroom hunting for wild mushrooms.

When Kent State University art professor Don King spotted the tall, spongy brown sprout under a beech tree, he felt a familiar adrenaline rush – that feeling of thrill that all treasure-hunters experience when eyeing their prize.

Assistant Professor in Foundations, Mahwish Chishty has been included in a second exhibition at the Imperial War Museum in London. She also had a solo exhibition at the museum last year.  Age of Terror: Art since 9/11 will feature more than 40 British and international artists, including Ai Weiwei, Grayson Perry, Gerhard Richter, Jenny Holzer, Mona Hatoum, Alfredo Jaar, Coco Fusco and Jake & Dinos Chapman.

Peter Christian Johnson, Assistant Professor and head of Ceramics, won first place in the Sculptural category for his work “Little Gidding” at the 2017 Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics.  The Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics is the largest best of show prize in ceramics in the Western Hemisphere and boasts a Best-of-Show award of $20,000.

Jonas Sebura, professor in Sculpture has an exhibition opening at the Holding House in Detroit along with his collaborative partner, Alex Gartelmann.

Three Kent State University School of Art faculty members are being featured in the exhibition Soft Geometries, curated by Andrea Myers, professor of art at the Stark Campus. The exhibit of works by seven artists at Hammond Harkins Galleries is in celebration of the gallery’s 20th Anniversary.

Seven graduate students in the Textile program have their art on display in New York City for the second year of New York Textile Month (NYTM).  Their work will be on view at the Invisible Dog Art Center in Brooklyn from Sept. 21 - Oct. 1, 2017. Students included in the exhibition called TALENT! are: Lindsey Taylor, Allison Smith, Oxana Dallas, Becca DelPizzo, Sarah McMahon, Jasmine Kornel, and Charity Thomas.

Two recent Jewelry/Metals/Enameling alumni, Rachel Davis (MA, 2017) and Jesse Nutter (BFA, 2017) had work selected for the exhibition So Fresh + So Cleansponsored by the organization Ethical Metalsmiths.  Rachel Davis had four total pieces accepted into the exhibition and her piece “Mourning Brooch No. 4” (pictured above) won the Juror's Choice award. Jesse Nutter had two pieces accepted, including the one pictured below titled “Adrift.”  

Alumna, Katlin Rothacher has been awarded the first place “Best of Show” award in the professional category for her weaving series titled “Cosmic Figures” at the Ohio State Fair’s Fine Arts J

Matt Janke takes FOX 5 in Atlanta on a tour of his glassblowing studio.

The School of Art at Kent State University is proud to announce the hire of new Director, Marie Bukowski.  Bukowski comes to Kent State from the School of Art and Design at Southern Illinois University Carbondale where she served as Director for four years.