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Dillon Sedar receives the Arts Alive Arts Educator Award from Summit Artspace.  He holds the award surrounded by Summit Artspace employees.  Arts Alive logo is on the right.

Alumnus Receives Arts Educator Award from Summit Artspace

Art education alumnus, Dillon Sedar (B.A. ‘13, M.A. ’17), was named the Arts Educator Honoree at Summit Artspace’s Arts Alive award ceremony in June 2019. He was one of three finalists for the award category.
Jolynn Santiago artwork, marking time and vestige

Alumna Jolynn Santiago Awarded Arrowmont Artist Residency

Jolynn Santiago (B.F.A. Jewelry/Metals/Enameling ’13) was recently awarded an 11-month residency at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Tennessee. 
Alumna Diana Al-Hadid speaking in front of her artwork installed at Summa Health Systems

Kent State Alumni and Faculty Artwork Chosen for Summa’s New Patient Tower in Akron

Twelve Kent State University School of Art alumni and one faculty member have been selected for acquisitions and commissions for the art collection located at Summa Health System’s new patient tower in Akron, including Diana Al-Hadid and Don Drumm. 
Natalie Friedl in the classroom, recipient of the NCAEA Elementary Art Educator of the Year

Alumna Natalie Friedl Awarded NCAEA Elementary Art Educator of the Year

Art Education alumna, Natalie Friedl (’04), has been awarded the North Carolina Art Education Association’s Elementary Art Educator of the Year award for 2018-19.  She will receive her award during the NCAEA Professional Development Conference November 1-4, 2018 in Asheville, NC....
Heather & Kusama Copyright Tokyo Lee Productions, Inc.

Heather Lenz Finds Great Success with Yayoi Kusama Documentary

Heather Lenz, School of Art alumna, was recently featured on WVIZ’s ideastream radio show for her documentary film, Kusama – Infinity. The film, which is about the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, was written, directed and produced by Lenz. The documentary was shown at the Sundance...
Nikki Couppee jewelry

Nikki Couppee Selected for 2018 Schmuck Exhibition

Nikki Couppee (MFA Jewelry/Metals/Enameling, 2011) has been selected to exhibit work in Munich as part of the 2018 Schmuck Exhibition.  Coupp...