Alumni News

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Stills from FEAST: a ballet

Alumna Corrie Slawson Produces FEAST Ballet

Corrie Slawson, MFA alumna and part-time professor in painting and drawing, is serving as the Executive Producer of “FEAST: a ballet” which will make its online debut the day after Thanksgiving on Nov. 27.
Two paintings one by Gianna Commito geometric shapes in pink and grey, and Shawn Powell, a black and white striped umbrella.

Faculty and Alumni in Small Works Exhibition at Abattoir Gallery

Painting professors Gianna Commito and Shawn Powell and School of Art alumni Grace Summanen, Billy Ritter and Hildur Jonsson are showing their work at the upcoming Small Works exhibition at Cleveland’s Abattoir Gallery.
Artworks by Meagan Smith and Chandler Brutscher

Alumni and Grad Student Take Home Prizes in Waterloo Arts Juried Exhibition

Three School of Art alumni and one current graduate student have been awarded prizes in the 2020 Waterloo Arts Juried Exhibition, juried by Arnold Tunstall.
Diana Al-Hadid (left) and her sculpture Phantom Limb on the right

Diana Al-Hadid Featured on Vogue Italia Cover

Internationally known sculptor and Kent State alumna Diana Al-Hadid (BA ’03, BFA ’03) was on the cover of Vogue Italia, as one of the "100 People, 100 S...
Headshot of Maria Iafelice

Alumna Maria Iafelice Receives Ohio Museums Association Award

Maria Iafelice (BA ’09, MA ’13, Art Education) was awarded Emerging Professional of the Year from the Ohio Museums Association. This award recognizes exceptional pr...
Dan Alexander in front of his glass artwork, images of glass art by Dan, a blue vase and a tall cup with lid

Alumni Spotlight - Dan Alexander

In his professional career as a glassblower, Kent State University alumnus Dan Alexander has done a lot in the decade since graduating with a B.F.A. in Craft in 2010.
button created by Jerry Casale - Kent Students Medical Fund

Remembering May 4 - An Interview with Devo's Jerry Casale

“I had always been making art and music but the events of May 4th and beyond galvanized my creativity, infusing it with an existential anger and urgency that would otherwise not have happened. In short Devo and the idea of De-evolution as a manifesto would not exist without that...
Members of the band mr. Gnome, including art eduction alumna Nicole Barille; image of a woman and man standing in a frame of gold leaves

Alumni Spotlight - Nicole Barille

The journey towards a professional career in the arts is different for everyone. For Kent State University alumna Nicole Barille, an art degree laid the groundwork for success in an unexpected way, lending inspiration and creative direction to her music. You may not need a degree...
Jennifer Ling Datchuk portrait by Clint Datchuk

Kent State Alumna Jennifer Ling Datchuk Awarded $50k Fellowship

Alumna Jennifer Ling Datchuk has been awarded the coveted United States Artist Fellowship in Crafts. Datchuk received her BFA in Crafts from Kent State in 2004 with a concentration in ceramics.