Annual Art Rental Program kicks off at the Center for the Visual Arts

The Art Rental show at the CVA Gallery May 30, 2017.

Cody Patton

The Center for the Visual Arts began its annual Art Rental Program in the CVA gallery Tuesday, offering works from alumni, professors and local artists.

Since 1974, the Art Rental Program has provided “easy access for campus organizations and offices to enjoy some of the incredible artwork from the School of Art Collection,” according to Kent State’s website.

From May 30 to June 9, the Center for the Visual Arts displays art by Kent State alumni, current and emeritus professors and local artists.

 “It’s great because it provides work for artists and gives back to the University,” said Lindsey James, a curatorial assistant at the Center for the Visual Arts. “I love doing it.”

The program rented out three pieces on the first day, James said.

Offices across Kent’s main campus have taken advantage of the opportunity. One such is the Office of the Provost, which rents pieces every year.

Lashonda Taylor,  the director of university ceremonies, participated in selecting the pieces for her department in the Office of the Provost last year.

“Well, we were looking to brighten up the office,” she said. “It was actually a pretty exciting experience for everyone, and when we moved buildings, we negotiated to have the art moved with us because we loved it so much.”

Taylor said she appreciated the customer service and how friendly everyone was at the gallery. She said she also enjoys that the art rotates yearly because of the rental process.

“Even when we have to turn (the pieces) in, I know they’ll have some great things to (offer),” Taylor said.

Though well-received by those who know about it, some, like senior public health major Kaitlin Grant, are not aware of the program. 

Grant, who works as a student employee in the lobby of Lincoln Hall, said she thinks some art could brighten her workplace.

“It’s a smart and good idea,” Grant said. “It’s nice, and if we have the budget, it sounds awesome.”

The rental program charges $50 per art piece for the year.

“We’re providing enough options that anyone can find a good fit for their own space,” James said. “We just want our everyday to become part of their everyday.”

Cody Patton is the diversity reporter, contact him at [email protected]