Digital Exhibits

This page includes digital exhibits from the School of Art, DI Hub, KSU Museum, University Libraries, May 4 Visitor Center, as well as faculty curated projects. If you would like to submit a digital exhibit for inclusion on this site, please complete the Qualtrics survey.

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Why Florence

A Community Poem to Celebrate the Kent State University Florence Center.

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Lafayette Tolliver Photographs

This exhibit features the photographs of Lafayette Tolliver, a Kent State University alumnus who attended the university from 1967-1971, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in photojournalism. Tolliver served as one of the founding members of Black United Students (BUS). His photographs document Black student life in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

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Some days

A community poem, “Some Days,” to honor the vital work of our caregivers during this unprecedented time of crisis, created in partnership with Kent State University College of Nursing.

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50 Years: Long Live the Memory: Civil Rights, Black Power, and Anti-War Actions: Orangeburg, Kent, and Jackson, 1960-1967

This exhibit highlights social activism occurring in and around three state universities during the years leading up to the shootings at South Carolina State (Orangeburg), Kent State (Ohio), and Jackson State (Mississippi). Showcased here are selected key events in each of the three institutions' immediate environments indicating a growing level of Civil Rights actions, anti-war protests, and the development of a Black Power movement occurring from 1960 through 1967.

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Pledge

A community poem inspired by Gary Snyder's "For All" meant to inspire allegiance to the broad scientific community or to the land we occupy.

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Black Student Movements: Orangeburg, Kent and Jackson State

This exhibit was part of the May 4th 50th Commemoration Events at Kent State University. It focuses on student activism at three campuses: South Carolina State College (now University) in Orangeburg, South Carolina, Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, and Jackson State College (now University) in Jackson, Mississippi. Showcased in this exhibit is the activism of those Black students at all three campuses and images of the shootings which occurred there.

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Nurturing, Positivity, and Strength: Artists Donald Black Jr and Dareece Walker explore the role of Black Fathers in America

An exhibition highlighting two Black artists who are working to express everyday aspects from their own lives that might be easily overlooked thus creating a more accurate represen­tation of Black fathers in America.

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Alma Flor Ada Ephemera

This virtual exhibit showcases ephemera made by students in response to Alma Flor Ada's work. Over the course of her long career, she has inspired and touched countless lives. This exhibit highlights letters and artwork created in response to three of her novels and her visits to various classrooms. All items in this exhibit were donated by Alma Flor Ada from her private collection to the Reinberger Children's Library Center at Kent State University. 

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Tim Stover: Linear Integration

The intent of this body of work is to study the effects of contrasting colors, textures, and shapes. While approaching the sculptures, viewers begin to notice internal structures appearing and disappearing with each step. Sharp angles allow the transparent lines to merge and overlap - only to separate and become invisible. These illusions are created using a tedious process of assembling blocks with colored adhesives. Then, cutting the blocks into sections, the grain is revealed by the paper-thin lines of color. Alone, the patterns are amazing, but the shapes remain extremely geometric. Wedging the patterns between castings, I can create drastic color gradations melded within the translucent beauty of the glass.

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Kid Book Reviews

Videos of children reviewing children's books.

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Constructed Answer

A contemporary metals exhibition inspired by tragedy, trauma and violence that celebrates the resiliency of the human spirit. Curated in response to a Commemorative Medallion made by Philadelphia College of Art students (now University of the Arts) in honor of the students who perished at Kent State University on May 4th, 1970.

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Spotlight on Special Collections & Archives at Kent State

An online exhibit featuring selected highlights from major collections in Special Collections and Archives in celebration of our 50th Anniversary.

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Acquiring History: The 50 Year Legacy of Robert Smithson’s Partially Buried Woodshed at Kent State University

Fifty years ago, one of the most influential artists of the last hundred years did a short artist’s residency at Kent State University at the behest of students who were interested in his work. This exhibition is an exploration of the work created and the legacy of this historic work of art.

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The Art of the Picture Book at the Reinberger Children's Library Center

The Reinberger Children's Library Center's collection of limited edition prints and original picturebook art represents the shared commitment to the art of the picturebook and its everlasting impact on the world of children. The collection, which is housed in the Marantz Picturebook Collection for the Study of Picturebook Art, is made up of donations from Guy and Carol Wolfenbarger, Alma Flor Ada, Isabel Campoy, Will Hillenbrand, Rosemary Wells, Yuyi Morales and more.

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Re-emergence

A group exhibition of select northeast Ohio artists.

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DI HUB 3D walkthrough model

Experience an immersive digital 3D 'walkthrough' of the Design Innovation Hub at Kent State University.

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The 2020 Kent State Ceramics Invitational

An exhibition celebrating the distinct vessels of Sanam Emami, Adam Posnak, Hannah Thompsett, and Brooks Oliver.

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TEXTURES: the history and art of Black hair

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. The exhibition is organized by the KSU Museum with KSU faculty and co-curators, Dr. Joseph L. Underwood, Assistant Professor of Art History and Dr. Tameka N. Ellington, former Interim Assistant Dean of the College of the Arts and Associate Professor of Fashion Design.

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Amos Paul Kennedy Jr.

American printer, book artist and papermaker best known for social and political commentary, particularly in printed posters.

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Digital Green Book

The Digital Green Book Project collects the oral history of Northeast Ohio barbers and salon artists, with video interviews and related exhibition materials. Create and share your own response to the TEXTURES exhibition in the Digital Green Book.

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The Mid America Print Council Members Exhibiton

The 2020 members exhibition of this educational and community-based organization that focuses on all print related arts.

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Forever Chanel: Coco + Karl

A study of designs under the Chanel label by both Coco Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld reveals a story of invention and reinvention.

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Into the Wind, the Veils

Into the Wind, the Veils is a survey of photography, digital collage, and performance/videos by Franco-Moroccan artist Mehdi-Georges Lahlou whose themes include religiosity and queerness.

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Culture/Counterculture: Fashions of the 1960s and 70

A look at how the generational divide between the Baby Boomers and their parents shaped the fashions of the 1960s and '70s.

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2021 Biennial Faculty Show

A 2021 group exhibition of work by retired, current, and part-time faculty.

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Fashions of Southern Africa

A celebration of contemporary fashion designs of South Africa and Namibia. The Kent State University Museum presents Fashions of Southern Africa, an exhibition that brings together the work of fashion designers currently active in South Africa and Namibia. The display of over thirty ensembles and accessories explores the ways that people in southern Africa dress, make clothes and think about fashion. The exhibition looks beyond a simple binary between “western fashion” and traditional African dress to see that there is original distinctive fashion in Africa.

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Flapper Style: 1920s Fashion

A look beyond the quintessential beaded dress to explore the range of influences on fashion of the Jazz Age.

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Inside Out: Revealing Clothing's Hidden Secrets

A close examination of the secret inner-workings of custom made clothing that are usually out of sight when the garments are worn.

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The 1980s: An Age of Excess

A look back at the fashionable excesses of the 1980s

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Magical Designs for Mozart's Magic Flute

An exploration of costume designs from 18 different productions of Mozart's Magic Flute. Magical Designs for Mozart’s Magic Flute is an exhibition conceived and curated by distinguished theatrical and opera designer Judy Levin to compare scenic and costume designs of this much loved opera. These selected productions, extolled for their remarkable visual achievements, speak to the many interpretations given to the opera by scholars over the years, as well as the role of the creative teams in shaping each production.

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Shifting Paradigms: Fashion + Technology

A selection of clothing, accessories and online business models that utilize cutting edge technology. The exhibition is divided into four sections. Generative Technology uses algorithmic patterns on a computer to create surprising design outcomes. Democracy of Preference presents mass customization tools that allow consumers to co-create with brands and designers one-of-a-kind, individualized products. Technology and Expression examines a designer’s ability to utilize technology in new and exciting ways, expanding notions of creativity and communication. The DIY portion of the exhibition explores the making of fashion technology by showcasing toolkits and materials that anyone can use in their own creations and designs.

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Mapping May 4

An interactive map of stories about what happened across Kent on May 4th, 1970 and the days leading up to it.

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"Listening to Liberty" Exhibition

This is a brief video 'fly-through' of the "Listening To Liberty" exhibition that was installed in the DI HUB at Kent State University in November of 2020. The exhibition showcased the range of technology innovations that Kent State provided to create deep audience engagement as part of the "Sisters In Liberty" exhibition that was installed in the National Immigration Museum on Ellis Island, NY in 2019/2020. The original exhibition was proposed and conducted in partnership with the Cathedral Santa Croce in Florence, Italy.

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Keeping Kent Open

Immediately following the Kent State shootings, President Robert White ordered that the University close and an injunction was then granted to that effect. However, the faculty voted to complete their courses by any means necessary. This exhibit features legal documents, news clippings, letters, and oral histories surrounding the effort to keep Kent State open.

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Armed with Our Voices

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the May 4 tragedy, the Wick Poetry Center, with its partners, developed an interactive exhibit, encouraging visitors to explore the history of student protest and the timely themes of peace and conflict transformation.

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Augmented Reality May 4 Site

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.

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Remembering May 4

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.

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Campus Strike Papers: The Aftermath of May 4 1970

In the aftermath of the shootings of May 4, 1970, Kent State University Libraries sent letters to colleges and universities across the nation requesting campus strike newspapers and related documents to be archived for future research. This virtual exhibit highlights a selection of the responses that are found in the Campus Strike papers in Special Collections & Archives.

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The Truth Demands Justice: A Snapshot History of the May 4th Task Force

This exhibition features posters, flyers, and other items created by the May 4th Task Force, a student-run organization founded in 1975 to raise awareness among students, faculty, administrators, and the general public about the Kent State Shootings of May 4, 1970.

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Global Peace Poem

A global community poem in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Kent State University’s May 4 shootings. We invite people from around the world to contribute a line or stanza to a Global Peace Poem titled “My Voice.”

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The May 4th Augmented Reality Experience

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.

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Poets for Science

Poets for Science is a participatory exhibit exploring the connection between science and poetry, curated by Jane Hirshfield.

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Black Voices Matter

A community poem in support of racial justice at Kent State University and around the globe. Collaboration between the Wick Poetry Center, the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and the Department of Pan-African Studies at Kent State University.

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Earth Stanzas

On the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, we launched Earth Stanzas, eight poems that engage the beauty, depth, and interconnectedness of the Earth and invite readers to respond with their own poetic voice.