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Sarah Schlosser with her work - a large book. A second photo is of her making handmade paper outdoors.

Alumna Sarah Schlosser, '17 Awarded Fulbright Research Grant

Kent State University School of Art alumna Sarah Schlosser, ’17 has been awarded the prestigious Fulbright Study/Research grant for 2021-22. This grant will support her research in Book Arts to study natural dyes in India. Sarah earned her B.F.A. in Studio Art with a concentratio...
Drawings on silk by Rebecca Cross - a finished piece on the left and the artist in process on the right

Alumna Rebecca Cross Shows Solo Exhibition at Massillon Museum

The Massillon Museum is currently showing a solo exhibition titled “Suspended Animations” featuring Rebecca Cross, M.F.A. ’07, on view through June 16. The exhibition, which is on view in the museum's Studio M gallery, includes a series of drawings on silk and a sculptural instal...

Alumnus Joe Karlovec Exhibits Solo Show in Myrtle Beach

The Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum will be showing a solo exhibition by Joe Karlovec (M.F.A. '15 Painting) “Private Property" this summer from June 8 through September 4, 2021.
Omid Tavakoli in front of his work at his MFA thesis exhibition

Alumnus Omid Tavakoli Featured on ideastream

Omid Tavakoli, M.F.A. '19 Print Media and Photography, was interviewed about his life and art for ideastream in April. The article “Equity in Art: Balancing Biracial Identity" centers around about his experience being a biracial artist. He also talks about his time studying at Ke...
Simon Tatum and Davin Ebanks headshots and an installation view of the Cayman Islands Biennial, an art gallery with works of art hanging on the walls.

Davin Ebanks and Simon Tatum Featured in Cayman Islands Biennial

Davin Ebanks, assistant professor of glass (M.F.A. ‘10), and recent alumnus Simon Tatum, who earned his M.F.A. in sculpture and expanded media this spring, are being featured in the second Cayman Islands Biennial, entitled "Reimagined Future(s)."

Recent Art History Graduate Earns CMA Internship

Kent State University School of Art graduate Brianna Robinson recently earned the role of Object Conservation Intern at the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA). Brianna earned her B.A. in Art History and Sociology from Kent State in the fall of 2020.

Nelson Stevens (MFA '69) and the AfriCOBRA Movement

You might have heard of a group called AfriCOBRA (African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists) and its legacy in African American art history. What you might not know is that one of its earliest members was Kent State al...
Three artworks by School of Art faculty

Six Faculty, Four Alumni Receive Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Awards

Ten Kent State University School of Art faculty and alumni have been awarded the Ohio Arts Council’s Individual Excellence Awards for 2021. Full...
Davin Ebanks standing in front of his glass sculpture, a circular glass shape that has realistic water ripples texturing the surface

Davin Ebanks Opens Solo Exhibition at The Sculpture Center

Davin Ebanks, assistant professor of glass, has a solo exhibition at the Sculpture Center in Cleveland on view Jan. 29 through Mar. 13, 2021. “Nowhere is Blue” includes new glass sculptures created by Ebanks that serve as metaphors for the subjective nature of identity and person...
Artwork by Micah Kraus and Taryn McMahon

Faculty and Alumnus Featured in Making Your Mark

Three School of Art faculty and one alumnus (Micah Kraus, B.A. Art Education ’99, M.A. Printmaking ’01) are being featured in the Akron Art Museum exhibition “Making Your Mark.” This exhibition features art nine artists living and working in Northeast Ohio.