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School of Art Collection Development Guidelines

General Department Information

School of Art Goals:
"The mission of the School of Art is to provide a comprehensive and superior professionally-oriented education in the study and practice of the visual arts that will complement university studies in the liberal arts, humanities and sciences."

Undergraduate Goals: The degree program for undergraduate arts majors is committed to liberal education as a necessary ground and complement to the development of perception, intellect, imagination and skill in the visual arts; to knowledge of the history of the visual arts as a basis for aesthetic sensibility and personal expression; to development of skill in the use of traditional and experimental media; to the practice and communication of the unity of form, meaning and value in art, craft and design; and to excellence in curricula and instruction.

Graduate Goals: The School of Art offers graduate degrees in art education, art history and the following studio areas: ceramics, drawing/painting, glass, jewelry/metals/enamels, printmaking, sculpture, and textile arts.

School of Art Areas of Concentration: Fine arts studio (printmaking, sculpture, painting); art history; crafts (jewelry, textiles, glassmaking, ceramics); photography and art education.

Degree's Offered:

  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Fine Arts
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts

Special Programs within the School: Kent/Blossom Art Program in crafts, design and fine arts.

School of Art's Website

Scope of Coverage

The following subject areas are collected at the research level: Art education theory and practice, design theory; aesthetics; Pre-Columbian/African/Oceanic/Native American art history; the history of northern and southern renaissance art; American art; performance art; European art history of the Romanesque, Byzantine, and Middle Ages; contemporary art (painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, crafts and performance art).

The following subject areas are collected at the advanced instructional level: Ceramics, glass, photography, printmaking, drawing, textiles, jewelry/metalwork/enamel, sculpture, painting, art education studies, feminist theory and women and minority artists.

The following subject areas are collected at the initial study level: Some general interest fine arts titles are collected at this level in order to provide resources for non-fine arts majors, high school students, and the larger university community in order to meet interdisciplinary studies. These include art appreciation; art history surveys; museum guides; artists' biographies; histories of art collections, connoisseurship and arts' patronage; community and federally sponsored arts' programs; arts' careers; artists' legal concerns; safety issues and hazardous materials for artists.

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Apply the Following Parameters to the Above Scope of Coverage Areas

Language: Primary emphasis on English language materials and translations with special consideration given to relevant art historical studies in modern European languages.

Date of Publication: Emphasis on current scholarship with special consideration given to classic reprints of important research materials not held or incomplete at the Kent State University Libraries.

Geographical Guidelines: Primarily western European art history with special interest in world-wide ethnic arts and crafts.

Society of Publishers Emphasis:

  • University Presses
  • Exhibition catalogs
  • Museum and gallery publications

Multiple Copies: Under special circumstances only.

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Material Types
Recent Acquisitions!

Journals, encyclopedias, handbooks, polyglot glossaries, monographs in Series, dissertations, exhibition catalogs, catalogues raisonnes, facsimiles, electronic and multimedia formats; photographs; prints.


Books: Research Level Collection of scholarly works in defined subject areas.

Audio Visual Materials: Selectively acquired on request.

Theses and Dissertations: Selective acquisition of dissertations and theses at they relate to the curricula of studies and graduate and faculty research needs.

Microform Reproductions: Selectively acquired as they relate to the research level.

List of current serial subscriptions.

Online Services and Electronic Resources: Since they are ever-changing and transient every effort will be made to refer the research to the Library Subject Liaison's Art Page for updates.

Interdisciplinary Relations

Materials related to subjects closely aligned to fine arts such as comparative literature, cultural and ethnic studies, anthropology, pan-African and women's studies, theater, dance, and film; architectural and interior design history, fashion design history, modern foreign languages; and social and cultural history.

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