Print Media & Photography is an interdisciplinary area at Kent State University that focuses on print in an expanded field and provides the opportunity for students to deeply engage with all the traditional printmaking techniques (silkscreen, lithography, relief, and intaglio), photo-processes, and digital and post-digital processes. We are located in a newly renovated facility, the Center for Visual Arts, with state-of-the-art ventilation, equipment, and lots of natural light. Full time faculty Taryn McMahon and Arron Foster are active artists who have exhibited widely.
Students are encouraged to work in a cross-disciplinary environment with other areas that include Sculpture and Expanded Media, Ceramics, Glass, Jewelry Metals and Enameling, Textiles, Painting, and Drawing. Students also have access to a range of new tools in the ARTech Studio housed in the Center for Visual Arts. MFA candidates benefit from interacting with Visiting Artists as part of our renowned Lecture Series and Kent Blossom Art programs. Visiting Artists have included Enrique Chagoya, Anita Jung, Melissa Brown, Randy Bolton, Amy Cutler, Wayne Thiebaud, Alex Katz, Dennis Oppenheim, Carolee Schneeman, Vito Acconci, Chris Burden, Antony Gormley, Peter Halley, James Siena, Mel Chin, and many more nationally and internationally acclaimed artists. Travel Study opportunities are available to New York, Italy, China, and more.
A limited number of Graduate Teaching Assistantships are available, which provide MFA students with the opportunity to teach as well as a tuition waiver and stipend. Our alumni have secured full time teaching positions, founded non-profit printshops, worked as master printers, and founded independent galleries, in addition to being active artists.
Located in Kent, OH, the School of Art at Kent State University provides ample access to cultural institutions and opportunities in close proximity to Cleveland, Akron, and Pittsburgh. An active student print club provides students the opportunity for funding to travel to SGC International and MAPC Conferences as well as other activities. There is a robust printmaking community here and we are looking for applicants who will be successful in our program!
Applications are due February 2nd.