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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.

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Janice Lessman-Moss headshot in front of weaving

Janice Lessman-Moss Awarded United States Artists Fellowship

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.

Kent State National Ceramics Invitational 2019 featuring Soojin Choi, Gabrielle Graber, Andrew Stansbury, and Michelle Laxalt.

Kent State National Ceramics Invitational

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. 

Sharon Massey, Aqueduct

Sharon Massey Artist Talk

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.

Kent Blossom Art Intensives

Kent Blossom Art Intensives 2019

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.

Beyond Borders Mahwish Chishty

Beyond Borders

Guggenheim Fellow Mahwish Chishty’s latest project calls attention to the plight of people who live near contentious border crossings.


By Jan Senn
Photo by Bob Christy, BS '95

The View From Here - Camara Guèye, Village Promenade, 2012

The View From Here: Contemporary Perspectives from Senegal

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.