Kent State’s performing and visual arts have a reach far beyond the borders of Ohio. There’s always something new to experience at the many arts events held at Kent State and at off-campus locations year-round; many student-run productions, exhibitions and events. See some of our student arts performances in the links below.

Featured Live Experiences

 

  • TEXTURES  synthesizes research in history, fashion, art, and visual culture to reassess the “hair story” of peoples of African descent. Long a fraught topic for African Americans and others in the diaspora, Black hair is here addressed by artists, barbers, and activists in both its historical perceptions and its ramifications for self and society today. Combs, products, and implements from the collection of hair pioneer Willie Morrow are paired here with masterworks from artists including James Van Der Zee, Sonya Clark, Lorna Simpson, Mary Sibande and Zanele Muholi.

  • KSU Downtown Gallery
    March 15 - May 14, 2022

    Luanne Redeye grew up on the Allegany Indian Reservation in Western New York. It is from here where she draws inspiration incorporating community and family members into her paintings, which gives her works a strong personal and emotional component. 

    “As a figurative artist my work is an intersection of autobiography and community. I depict my culture and the relationship between perception and experience through genre scenes and portraits of people from my home reservation in New York." - Luanne Redeye

Featured Digital Experiences

 

  • This exhibit focuses on the lives, not the deaths, of Sandy Scheuer, Bill Schroeder, Allison Krause, and Jeff Miller. They were brothers, daughters, students, friends, boyfriends, girlfriends, and much more in between. We hope that everyone can see a little bit of themselves in them.

  • The May 4th augmented reality experience is designed to engage and immerse users as they journey through the events of May 4th, 1970 and reflect on its meaning for today. The experience invites users to view multiple perspectives of the Kent State shootings through the lens of augmented reality using historical imagery, audio, and related experiences that highlight past and current humanitarian struggles.