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Bob Dylan’s Pastel Portraits to Be Shown at Kent State

Legendary musician Bob Dylan will have some of his visual arts output exhibited at Kent State University’s Downtown Gallery. Face Value, a collection of 12 large portraits drawn in pastel, will run Jan. 21-March 5 at the university’s Downtown Gallery, located at 141 E. Main St. in Kent. An opening reception will be held on Jan. 21 from 5-7 p.m. Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

Dylan, whose contributions to American music since the early 1960s need no introduction, also has been active in the visual arts for much of his career, a commitment that has intensified in the last decade with exhibitions at London’s Halcyon Gallery, the National Gallery of Denmark and Palazzo Reale in Milan. Dylan created Face Value for the National Portrait Gallery in London, where the series debuted in 2013.

“These portraits, like Dylan’s songs, are very much like a presentation of a series of poems,” says Anderson Turner, Kent State School of Art’s director of galleries. “Each face you encounter not only tells a story, but also reflects the artistic intensity that has carried Dylan throughout his career.”

Turner believes Dylan’s drawings avoid the trap of the celebrity dilettante and are easily recommended on their own terms. 

“This exhibit of Bob Dylan’s drawings is a way for us to engage with an artist who crosses generations and to get to know him a little bit more,” he says. “Fortunately, his drawings are worthy of investigation.”

Gallery hours are Monday-Wednesday, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday, 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-5 p.m.

For more information, contact Turner at or 330-672-1369.