Our Kent State University College of the Arts alumni are creative leaders and innovators who transform lives through the arts around the globe. Their work and impact is visible in virtually every industry from the visual, creative, and performing arts to the fields of health, education, business, and beyond. 

Quotes from our Alumni

"I loved Kent State. I had a great experience, great professors. I can't speak highly enough of my time there. My association with Kent State helped me in finding every job I've had since I graduated because the Fashion School has a great reputation here in New York."

ZACHARY HOH B.A. '11, Assistant Designer, Natori

"I think Kent State is part of who I am now and how I express my talent. I have some great college memories of becoming an actor and I learned a lot about how to be a grownup at Kent State."

ALICE RIPLEY '86 Musical Theatre Tony Award-winning actress, Next to Normal; Tony Nominated, Side Show; and, Broadway casts of Sunset Boulevard and 2000 revival of The Rocky Horror Show

"My memories of my experience at Kent State are very positive. The orchestra, theory and jazz program and the fine faculty members (were) excellent in conveying relevant knowledge and each student received much personal attention and care."

SEMMY STAHLHAMMER M.M. '04, Performance Violin Concertmaster, Royal Swedish Opera

"Receiving my M.F.A. has opened up new opportunities for me including gallery representation, artist residencies and teaching positions. It has changed my life in that I am wholly committed to my work as an artist."

ANDREA JOKI M.F.A. '06, Painter

"Kent State gave me the strong foundation to help me succeed in making my career goals a reality. This network continues to be a positive resource long after graduation."

KRISTINE HAAG B.A. '03, Key Costumer, ABC's Scandal

"Artists need strong voices to preach not only the qualitative benefits arts and culture provide, but the quantitative, hard numbers we generate in our region and state."

LIZ MAUGANS B.F.A. '89, Painting and Printmaking Co-founder and executive director, Zygote Press; Winner, Cleveland Arts Prize; and, Workforce Scholarship, Community Partnership for Arts and Culture