School of Art

On April 14, 2017 the School of Art hosted the Scholarship Award Ceremony where undergraduate and graduate students received tens of thousands of dollars in funds for tuition, travel study and artist residencies.  Thank you to all the donors who made this possible!

First Year Scholarship    
$1,000    Melissa Jose    
$1,000    Jenna Miley    
$1,000    Emma Werley    

Every year, Kent State University invites an exciting array of visiting artists to speak at the School of Art. This year, the summer workshop program, Kent Blossom Art, will include nine national artists who will give talks about their work for free at the Center for the Visual Arts, located at 325 Terrace Drive in Kent, Ohio.  All lectures are open to the public and take place in room 165 starting at 6:00 p.m.  The schedule is as follows:

Thursday, May 18 - Karyn Olivier (Sculpture)

The fourth annual Undergraduate Research Symposium held on March 21, 2017 at Kent State University and boasted the largest turnout yet, with nearly 250 students presenting their work.  The School of Art is proud to announce that Mycala Nichols, senior B.F.A. student in the Jewelry/Metals/Enameling program, received a first place award and a $200 cash prize for her presentation and research on 3D printing in the Art and Fashion category.

Seeds of Colonialism, a solo exhibition of silk-screened posters by Associate Professor in Drawing, Darice Polo, will be on view at Some Time Gallery at 2882 W. 32nd St in Cleveland from January 6 – January 28. 2017. The exhibition opens on Friday, January 6, 2017 from 5 – 8 pm. The posters were printed in collaboration with Ping Pong Press.

Katlin Rothacher earned her B.F.A.

Joanne Arnett, assistant professor at the Kent State University Fashion School, received the Brandford/Elliot Award (B/EA) for Excellence in Fiber Art during the Textile Society of America (TSA) Biennial Symposium in Savannah, GA on Oct. 22, 2016.  This prestigious award is presented biennially at the Textile Society of American Symposium to an emerging artist on the strength of their work; nominated and selected by a board of professional artists in the field.

Davin Ebanks, assistant professor and head of Glass at the School of Art, has been awarded second place in the juried exhibition GATHERING:  Contemporary Glass from the Heartland at Ball State University in Indianapolis, Indiana from Sept. 27 – Oct. 28, 2016. The exhibit showcased the best of emerging and established glass artists from Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Wisconsin—the heartland of America. This year, 63 works of art by 31 artists were included.

Darice Polo, Associate Professor in Drawing and Division Coordinator received one of the 2016 Creative Workforce Fellowships from the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture in Cleveland.  Polo was one of forty Cuyahoga County recipients of the prize this year.

Assistant Professor in Ceramics, Peter Christian Johnson, will be having a solo exhibit at the Ferrin Contemporary from Nov. 18 - Dec. 31, 2016.  Ferrin Contemporary, a contemporary ceramic art gallery, is located on the campus of MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA.  POISE: Peter Christian Johnson will feature Johnson's most recent work.