Where are the top 15 art schools in the U.S.? Not in Ohio, if we’re counting graduate programs, according to a recent survey done by the online Artsy Magazine.

Master of Fine Arts, or MFA, degrees have become necessary in an increasingly professionalized art world, the magazine declares, so it makes sense to go where you can get the most bang for your buck.

Here is the ranking of today’s top art school MFA programs, found at tinyurl.com/abjart31, with annual tuition and programs of note:

• Yale University: $36,359; painting and printmaking, photography, sculpture.

• Rutgers University: $28,000 (nonresident); painting and drawing.

• Bard College: $60,410; painting, sculpture; film and video.

• Maryland Institute College of Art: $45,290; painting, sculpture, photographic and electronic media.

• Virginia Commonwealth University: $31,608 (nonresident); sculpture, glass, graphic design.

• Cranbrook Academy of Art: $35,406; fiber, ceramics, print media.

• California Institute of the Arts: $46,830; film and video; photography and media; art and technology.

• Hunter College, City University of New York: $11,882–$14,040 (nonresident); studio art.

• Massachusetts Institute of Technology: $48,452; art, culture and technology.

• Art Institute of Chicago: $48,750; painting and drawing; film, video, new media and animation; fiber and material.

• Rhode Island School of Design: $48,210; painting, architecture.

• UCLA: $31,920 (nonresident); painting/ drawing, time-based and new media; photography, sculpture.

• Columbia University: $58,728; visual arts.

• Portland State University: $19,740 (non­resident); social practice.

• Savannah College of Art and Design: $36,765; animation, film and TV, performing arts, graphic design.

Front program director

Front Exhibition Co. named Arlene Watson director of public programs and engagement. She will be responsible for education, public programs and community engagement for the inaugural Front International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art exhibition in July 2018.

She will coordinate with the triennial’s presenting partners, including the Allen Memorial Art Museum, Akron Art Museum, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland Museum of Art, MOCA Cleveland, SPACES and Transformer Station, and organize a year’s worth of programming, beginning with artist residencies at the Glenville Arts Campus in September. http://frontart.org/

Watson had been director of development at MOCA Cleveland.

THURSDAY

Opening — The Unamericans: Photographs by Bruce Checefsky, continuing through Sept. 23 at the School of Art at Kent State University’s Downtown Gallery, 141 S. Main St., Kent. Reception 5-7:30 p.m. Sept. 7. https://bruce-checefsky.squarespace.com/the-unamericans-1/.

FRIDAY

Workshop — Celebrate Inside|Out in Middlebury and join Mary Bethel for a free rock painting art workshop at the Rock Mill Climbing, Yoga & Fitness Center, 677 Carroll St., Akron. Workshop takes place during ice cream social; free with a Rock Mill day pass or membership. 330-222-6419 info@rockmillclimbing.com. 330-376-9186.

Opening — Rodin: 100 Years at the Cleveland Museum of Art, 11150 East Blvd., University Circle. On view through May 13. 216-421-7340 or www.clevelandart.org/events/exhibitions/rodin-100-years.

Opening — Jerry Birchfield: Stagger When Seeing Visions; Scot Olson; and Liz Roberts and Henry Ross: Death Knell through Dec. 10 at Transformer Station, 1460 W. 29 St., Cleveland. 216-938-5429 or http://transformerstation.org.

SATURDAY

Opening — Micro/Macro: Views of Earth by Marilyn Bridges and Jeanette Klute through March 11 at the Akron Art Museum, 330-376-9186 or https://akronartmuseum.org/exhibitions/.

Opening — The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s at the Cleveland Museum of Art, 11150 East Blvd., University Circle. On view through Jan. 14. 216-421-7340 or www.clevelandart.org/events/exhibitions/jazz-age-american-style-1920s.

Dorothy Shinn writes about art and architecture for the Akron Beacon Journal. Send information to her at the Akron Beacon Journal, P.O. Box 640, Akron, OH 44309-0640 or dtgshinn@att.net.