Thomas Schroth Visiting Artist Series Presents Darnell-Jamal Lisby

March 30, 2021 at 5:30 pm via Zoom

The College of the Arts is proud to continue the acclaimed Thomas Schroth Visiting Artist Series with virtual presentations this spring dedicated to the College's commitment to celebrating diversity within the Arts.

The next guest speaker of this year's series is fashion historian and curator Darnell-Jamal Lisby.

Lisby will participate in a virtual discussion on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. Admission to the event is FREE, however reservations are required.

To RSVP to attend, please visit the link below:

RSVP to Darnell-Jamal Lisby Event

About Darnell-Jamal Lisby

Darnell-Jamal Lisby is a fashion historian and independent curator. He holds a B.S. in Art History and Museum Professions and an M.A. in Fashion and Textile Studies, both from the Fashion Institute of Technology. Darnell approaches the history of fashion from an art historical context with particular interest in illuminating the impact of Blackness on fashion history in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. In addition to being one half of the Fashion Victims Podcast and his recent work to help curate the Willi Smith: Street Couture exhibition at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, he has contributed to the fashion curatorial efforts at various institutions such as the Museum at FIT and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He also contributes regularly to various academic and mainstream platforms, expanding how he educates audiences on the discipline. His credits include works for Cultured Magazine, Teen Vogue, the Fashion and Race Database, and the FIT Fashion History Timeline.  

About the Thomas Schroth Visiting Artist Series

Since 2001, the Thomas Schroth Visiting Artist Series has presented guest artists respected in the field of theatre, dance, visual arts, music and architecture including such noted artists as Tony award-winners Stephen Schwartz, the composer of "Wicked," "Into the Woodsand more; "Next to Normal" actress Alice Ripley; the Grammy-winning Emerson String Quartet; postmodern minimalist artist Richard Tuttle; artists and fashion designers Ruben and Isabel Toledo; the internationally acclaimed dance company, Ballet Florida; and actor, dancer and arts advocate Ben Vereen and the Limon Dance Group, just to name a few. 

The Schroth series was established by Cecile Draime and her late husband, Max, of Warren, Ohio, to honor their dear friend Thomas Schroth (1922-1997). A noted regional architect, Schroth designed the Butler Institute of Art’s Trumbull museum in Howland, as well as numerous other award-winning projects. Thomas Schroth spent his life in Niles, Ohio, as a prominent architect and inveterate collaborator in the artistic life of the Mahoning Valley and Northeast Ohio. A world traveler, he saw human creativity as a window framing human experience. The Thomas Schroth Visiting Artist Series brings diverse views through that window to the Kent campus and community.

The events are always free and open to the public.


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POSTED: Thursday, March 18, 2021 - 11:42am
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