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The Kent State University Museum and Akron Art Museum Celebrate the Age of Impressionism

Posted Oct. 31, 2011

PullenThe Kent State University Museum will coordinate with the Akron Art Museum to illustrate the Age of Impressionism. A Day at the Beach explores the reality of summer tourism between the 1860s and 1910s with a selection of actual garments that would have been worn near and at the beach. The exhibit will be open to the public from Nov. 18, 2011 to Oct. 7, 2012 and is meant to coincide with Landscapes from the Age of Impressionism, a collection of paintings, at the Akron Art Museum from Oct. 29, 2011 to Feb. 5, 2012.

The Age of Impressionism dates from the mid-to-late 1800s to the early 1900s. Impressionism is described as a painting technique with a variety of soft brushstrokes and vibrant colors that began in France. Most Impressionist painters focused on landscapes and people. American Impressionists concentrated on beaches, factories and residences that will be reflected in the Kent State University Museum and Akron Art Museum.

"The image of women at the seaside in elegant white gowns was a popular subject for Impressionist painters. This exhibition includes a selection of garments that shows the evolution of fashions during this span of time, while highlighting the enduring appeal of lightweight, lacy fabrics," said curator, Sara Hume.

The museum is located at 515 Hilltop Dr. at the corner of E. Main and S. Lincoln Streets. in Kent, Ohio, 44242. The museum is open to the public Weds., Fri. and Sat. from 10 a.m.-4:45 p.m.; Thurs. from 10 a.m.-8:45 p.m.; Sunday from Noon-4:45 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for Seniors, $3 for children under 18. The museum is free with a Kent State ID, free to the public on Sundays and offers free parking. For more information call 330-672-3450 or visit www.kent.edu/museum.

Opened to the public in Oct. 1985, the Kent State University Museum was founded with an initial contribution from New York dress manufacturers Jerry Silverman and Shannon Rodgers. Their gift included 4,000 costumes and accessories, nearly 1,000 pieces of decorative art and a 5,000-volume reference library. In the 1960s, Shannon Rodgers began collecting what is now considered one of the finest period costume collections in the United States, today totaling more than 40,000 pieces. The Tarter/Miller collection of some 10,000 pieces of glass formed the second major gift to the Museum. Together with the other decorative arts collected by Rodgers and Silverman, the Museum holds one of the most comprehensive teaching collections of fashionable design from the 18th century to the present.

The museum receives support from an Ohio Arts Council Sustainability Grant.

Photo Details: Dress and belt of point d'espirit lace, 1912, Gift of the Martha McCaskey Selhorst Collection, KSUM 1996.58.3ab

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For more information, contact:

Sara Hume, shume1@kent.edu, 330-672-3450
Effie Tsengas, etsengas@kent.edu, 330-672-8398