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Assistant Professor in Print Media, Breanne Trammell's solo exhibition, 86 BAD VIBES, is on view at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City, NE through November 4.  This body of work features a collection of letterpress prints and drawings. “86” is a back-of-house term in restaurant culture, a way of communicating that the kitchen has run out of a certain ingredient or dish.

Print Media and Photography students Shelby Solomon and Katie Metcalf have been awarded Dennis Eckart Fund awards for their upcoming participation in the Mid America Print Council Conference October 5-8 at the University of Louisville, Louisville, KY.  The Dennis E. Eckart Endowed Student Leadership fund provides support for students seeking educational opportunities, leadership development programs, internships, community service and co-curricular experiences.

Darice Polo, Associate Professor and Division Coordinator in Drawing and Painting, will be having a solo exhibition at West Virginia University at the Laura Mesaros Gallery.  The exhibit will be on view from Oct. 13 - Nov. 11, 2016 and will include 20 of Polo's drawings, paintings, photography and video work.  She will also be giving a lecture at the university on Oct. 13 followed by student studio visits.

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The upcoming exhibition, ALLOY: From Art to Artifact, will include spoons made by current School of Art Lecturer in Jewelry/Metals/Enameling, Rachel Smith, current J/M/E undergrad, Larry Staats, and almuna from the J/M/E MFA program, Corey Ackelmire.  The exhibition will on view from Oct. 7 through Nov. 5, 2016 at the Carbondale Arts' R2 Gallery in Carbondale, CO.  

Assistant Professor in Foundations, Mahwish Chishty, is designing a central scenic element for the Company of Fools production of GROUNDED by award-winning playwright George Brant.  The play will run Sept. 28-Oct. 13 at the Liberty Theatre in Hailey, Idaho. 

Assistant Professor in Foundations, Mahwish Chishty, will have a solo exhibition at the Imperial War Museum in London from October 19, 2016 through March 19, 2017.  Chishty’s work combines silhouettes of military drones with decorative Pakistani folk art patterns to highlight the way in which the presence of foreign drones over Pakistan has become a feature of the physical, psychological and cultural environment of the country.

Breanne Trammell, Assistant Professor in Print Media, has been selected for a Juror's Award for her print "Bad As I Wanna Be (Cheetah)" (below).  The annual international juried exhibition Stand Out Prints is located at the Highpoint Center for Printmaking in Minneapolis, MN.  Seventy-two prints and objects (by 64 artists across four countries and 27 states) were selected from more than 800 submissions through an international call.

Associate Professor in painting, Gianna Commito will be showing her work in the group exhibition "New Geometries" at the Feisher/Ollman Gallery in Philadelphia, PA.  The show will run from September 15 through November 12, 2016.  (Image: Gianna Commito - Nepp, 2014, casein and marble dust ground on panel)

The School of Art's newly completed Center for the Visual Arts celebrated its grand opening on May 6. A large crowd filled the building lobby for the opening ceremony, which was followed by tours, live music, student exhibitions and a keynote lecture by visiting artist Mel Chin. Watch the video, which excerpts opening remarks by Beverly Warren (Kent State president), John Crawford-Spinelli (College of the Arts dean), Christine Havice (School of Art director) and Dennis Eckart (Board of Trustees chair):