Kent Blossom Art Intensives Visiting Artist Lecture Series Returns on June 1

KENT, Ohio – Kent State University School of Art is excited to announce the 2022 Kent Blossom Art Intensives (KBAI) visiting artist lecture series. After a two-year hiatus, KBAI has returned to the Kent Campus. The program offers a two-week experience for students and individual artists to create a body of artwork under the guidance of resident Kent State faculty and an exciting array of visiting artists from around the country. In addition to working closely with KBAI participants, visiting artists give public presentations on their work.

The summer 2022 artist talk schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, June 1 at 5 p.m. - Kathryn Polk, visiting artist in print media
Thursday, June 2 at 5 p.m. - Douglas Rieger, visiting artist in sculpture and expanded media
Friday, June 3 at 5 p.m.  - Omar Velázquez, visiting artist in painting
Saturday, June 4 at noon  - Althea Murphy-Price, visiting artist in print media
Wednesday, June 8 at 5 p.m.  - Nash Quinn, visiting artist in jewelry/metals/enameling
Thursday, June 9 at 5 p.m.  - Chris Mahonski, visiting artist in sculpture and expanded media
Friday, June 10 at 5 p.m. - Gina Beavers, visiting artist in painting

All visiting artist lectures will take place in Room 165 at the Center for the Visual Arts, 325 Terrace Drive, Kent, Ohio. This lecture series is free and open to the public.

Parking: Free parking is available for these events only behind the Center for the Visual Arts (325 Terrace Drive) in the R19 lot and the adjacent R2 lot by the Business Administration Building (475 Terrace Drive). Metered parking is also available along Terrace Drive.

About Kent Blossom Art Intensives: Kent Blossom Art Intensives (KBAI) are a series of two-week studio art intensives conducted each summer since 1968 at Kent State University. Similar to an artist residency, participants create a self-directed body of artwork under the guidance of resident School of Art faculty and talented visual artists from around the country. These studio intensives offer in-depth discussions, professional mentorships and unforgettable experiences to all that participate.

Each course is specific to one medium and the offerings change annually. KBAI provides students and individual artists with two weeks of focused learning, experimentation and creation under the guidance of experienced artists from around the country. Students may continue their explorations of the medium most familiar to them; experienced artists are equally encouraged to discover new modes of creating.  We are proud to invite an outstanding roster of visiting artists to complement the instructional insights of our resident faculty. Visiting artists also present public talks on their work, giving KBAI participants and the greater public an opportunity to learn more about contemporary issues and ideas in the visual arts.


About the School of Art:  The School of Art at Kent State University was established in 1941 and maintains a tradition of excellence in visual arts education, creation, scholarship, and leadership. Its undergraduate and graduate programs in the visual arts offer a range of directions and opportunities in the fields of art education, art history, and a comprehensive array of studio disciplines including painting, drawing, print media & photography, sculpture, ceramics, glass, jewelry/metals/enameling, and textiles. The School of Art Collection and Galleries consist of six exhibition spaces located on the Kent campus and downtown Kent and a collection of over 4,000 artworks and objects. The School of Art is located at the Center of the Visual Arts at 325 Terrace Dr. in Kent. The 27,900 square-foot facility — twice the length of a football field —had its grand opening in 2016 and houses all School of Art studios and classrooms under one roof.



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POSTED: Thursday, May 19, 2022 - 11:48am
UPDATED: Tuesday, June 21, 2022 - 11:03am