Research and Creative Activity

The College of the Arts at Kent State University uses its distinctive and innovative resources in the visual, performing and design arts to engage in interdisciplinary research and creative activities that expand knowledge and human understanding.

Faculty, staff and students actively participate in arts-based research connected to science, education, business, communication, public health, and beyond. A highlight of recent research includes work on arts and accessibility, including projects focused on the effects of dance on Parkinson's Disease patients, the effect of music on children with autism, and the "(Dis)Abled Beauty" exhibition of uniquely designed devices used by those with disabilities.

Nationally and Internationally Recognized

College of the Arts faculty are regularly recognized for their research and creative activity excellence by organizations such as the Fulbright program, the Guggenheim Fellowship program, the Mellon-Fronteridades Creative Scholars program, the Knight Arts Challenge program, the Cleveland Arts Prize, the Cleveland Critics Circle, the Tyson Scholars of American Art Program, the Importer Support Program of the Cotton Board and Cotton Incorporated, the Ohio Arts Council, the International Foundation of Fashion Technology, the Ohio Arts Education Association, and more.

The Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities

Kent State University is a proud member of the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru), a partnership committed to ensuring the greatest possible institutional support for the full spectrum of arts and arts-integrative research, curricula, programs, and creative practice for the benefit of all students and faculty at research universities and the communities they serve.

Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities


Research and Creative Activity Information for Faculty

Kent State University provides guidance and resources for faculty pursuing research and creative activity, including on how to prepare to begin research and funding opportunities.

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Research and Creative Activity Information for Students

Kent State University provides guidance and resources for students pursuing research and creative activity, including information on funding opportunities and publishing opportunities. 

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Arts and Accessibility Research Group brings together faculty from the disciplines of art, music, theatre, dance, fashion, public health, nursing and the physical and biological sciences whose research focuses on issues of accessibility.  Examples of projects include the effects of dance on mobility in patients with Parkinson’s Disease, the effects of music on children with autism, and “(Dis)Abled Beauty,” an exhibition of uniquely designed devices used in physical impairments such as mobility, dexterity and deafness.

 

 

Projects

  • Andrew Kuebeck (Art) Elected to Board of Trustees for the Enamalist Society
  • Andrea Myers (Art) Work selected for the Capital Corporate Art Collection
  • Davin Eubanks (Art) Commissioned to create work that was gifted to His Royal Highness Prince Charles from the Premier of the Cayman Islands
  • John-Michael H. Warner (Art) Andrew Mellon Foundation fellowship recipientwhere he created works inspired by U.S. Mexican Border town of Agua Prieta
  • Peter Johnson - United State Artist Fellowship and awarded the Ohio Arts Council Individual Artists Fellowship
  • Mourad Krifa (Fashion) received $25,000 grants 
  • Tameka Ellington (Fashion), Joseph Underwood (Art) received the NEA Award $35,000 and Proctor & Gamble and L'Oreal corporate foundations $35,000
  • Tameka Ellington designed the 50th anniversary commemoration tapestry for KSU starting a nationwide Black History Month 
  • Gargi Bhaduri  (Fashion)  2 "Paper of Distinction" awards at International Textiles and Apparel Association 
  • Theodore Albrecht (Music) Awarded Prestigious Beethoven Medal in Baden, Austria
  • Beethoven's Conversation Books, translated by Theodore Albrecht (Music)
  • Bobby Selvaggio (Music) conducted the Jazz Orchestra that played for the 50th anniversary commemoration for KSU starting a nationwide Black History Month
  • Timothy Culver (Music) producing an album with renowned actor, composer and performer John Maxwell Taylor
  • Eric Van Baars and Team (Theatre and Dance) successfully raised $1 million for Porthouse Theatre campaign
  • Tammy Honesty (Theatre and Dance) 2020 Best Cultural Collaboration Award

Publications & Interviews

 

Summer Fashion School Academy is a collaboration between the School of Fashion Design and Merchandising and Art Education. The summer academy for high school students had its launch in 2015.

 

 

Interdisciplinary Research

Maker Faire Makers across all disciplines, from art and design to technology and science have the opportunity to exhibit and discuss their unique talents in one environment. The Mini Maker Faire is a collaboration of four departments and colleges across campus, and includes makers such as tech enthusiasts, crafters, homesteaders, scientists and garage tinkerers.


Wearable Technology In the expanding world of wearables, one challenge is how to tailor technology into something we’d actually want to wear. As fashion and technology merge, Kent State researchers and students from diverse fields are collaborating on innovations that could become an essential part of our everyday lives. In the expanding world of wearables, one challenge is how to tailor technology into something we’d actually want to wear. As fashion and technology merge, Kent State researchers and students from diverse fields are collaborating on innovations that could become an essential part of our everyday lives. 

 

FACULTY AWARDS

2019-20

2018-19

2017

College of the Arts Sponsored Undergraduate and Graduate Student Collaborative Research and Creative Projects

ArtsLAUNCH! Grant Competition 

Kent State University College of the Arts, in partnership with LaunchNET, announces ArtsLAUNCH!, an annual grant competition open to all undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at Kent State University.

Students may submit grant proposals in one of two categories to facilitate 1) the creation of new art, or 2) the creation of a new venture that will benefit the arts economy.

For more information, visit the link below.

Learn More About ArtsLAUNCH!


Fashion Tech Hackathon

The Fashion Tech Hackathon is hosted by the School of Fashion Design and Merchandising and Kent State’s LaunchNet, the Hackathon is a cross-curricular event allowing teams of student participants to create and innovate within the realm of wearable technology. It is presented in partnership with the Kent State Fashion School’s TechStyleLAB and LaunchNET Kent State (formerly Blackstone LaunchPad), which helps students, faculty, staff and alumni turn ideas into thriving businesses. 

Learn More About the Fashion Tech Hackathon