Recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s top graduate programs in the visual arts, the School of Art provides endless opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students delving into studio art, art history and art education. Students are supported and challenged by a world-class faculty, who stimulate individual and collaborative creativity in the classroom, studio and gallery spaces. An accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, the School of Art lies in the heart of the vibrant Northeast Ohio arts community and also offers travel-study to New York, Chicago, Florence and Beijing. All studios and classrooms are located in the new Center for the Visual Arts.
Janice Lessman-Moss, Professor of Textiles, was recently awarded a United States Artists Fellowship in Craft, which includes $50,000 in unrestricted funds. United States Artists, a Chicago-based organization, awards “up to fifty $50,000 unrestricted fellowships to the most compelling artists working and living in the United States, in all disciplines, at every stage of their career,” based upon the belief that artists play an essential role in our society and need to be supported.
The Kent State National Ceramics Invitational features artists Soojin Choi, Gabrielle Graber, Andrew Stansbury, and Michelle Laxalt. The exhibition will be on view from February 21 through March 23, 2019 with an opening reception on Friday, February 22 from 5-7 p.m.
Join us for the next First Friday Lecture Series artist talk with jeweler and metalsmith, Sharon Massey. The talk will take place on Friday, March 1 from 12 – 1 p.m. in room 165 at the Center for the Visual Arts on Kent campus. All artist and scholar talks are free and open to the public.
Applications for Kent Blossom Art Intensives 2019 are now open! Open to undergraduate and graduate students as well as individual artists. This year we are offering two-week intensives in painting, ceramics, glass, print media, sculpture and expanded media, jewelry/metals/enameling, and textiles. Deadline to apply is April 30.
Featuring work created since 2010, this exhibition offers a wide panorama of art practice from the perspective of artists—individuals who uncover aspects of their own identity as they reflect on contemporary life in Senegal. Collectively, their work acts as a portrait of how one African country can inspire creative minds, balancing universal questions with local characteristics.
Whether you are just starting out or are an experienced art educator interested in enhancing your knowledge and skills, you will work with a support system of faculty, advisers, and peers who will help you succeed. You will take courses in art and design education, studio, and art history through a liberal arts education.
The art history major examines both the creative expressions of individual artists and the cultures that supported them, encompassing both Western and non-Western traditions. In addition, students enrolled in the degree program will have a wellspring of forms, symbols and ideas to stimulate their own creative endeavors. The program provides a strong foundation for the successful pursuit of advanced degrees and other opportunities in the field, including teaching, research, publishing and curating.
The Studio Art major offers abundant opportunities for students to work in a variety of media with guidance from our talented faculty. Studio concentrations include Ceramics, Drawing, Glass,Jewelry/Metals/Enameling, Painting, Print Media and Photography, Sculpture and Expanded Media, and Textiles. Students are encouraged to work across disciplines and employ a contemporary approach to art making, helping them define what it means to be an artist and a maker in the 21st century.