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Past Exhibits

Swing Night at the KSU Museum Flier

Swing Night at the KSU Museum

Friday, February 9, 2018 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Join us on Friday, February 9 from 7 - 10 pm as we celebrate the opening of the Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage and Screen exhibition with live 40s swing music provided by the KSU Jazz Band. Y-Town Swing group will be on hand to demonstrate and swing dance, while you mingle with Golden Age of Hollywood celebrities, and enjoy a full cash bar and free "bridge mix." Not to mention the Museum will be open to see "Kate."

Katherine Hepburn

Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage and Screen

Saturday, October 14, 2017 to Sunday, January 14, 2018

Upcountry History Museum - Furman University, South Carolina Katharine Hepburn (1907-2003)

Bob Mackie Red Dress

The 1980s: an Age of Excess

Friday, February 3, 2017 to Sunday, January 7, 2018

 Broadbent Gallery | Jean Druesedow, Director "The 1980s: an Age of Excess" will highlight the sparkle and glamour of the 20th century's ninth decade. Designer gowns and elegant street wear from Europe and America — including among others Yves Saint Laurent, Givenchy, Ungaro, Chanel and Christian LaCroix, Bill Blass, Oscar de la Renta, Patrick Kelly, Donna Karan, and Pauline Trigere — will be featured. Co-curated by Museum Director Jean Druesedow and Victoria Haworth, a senior fashion merchandising student at Kent State's Fashion School.

Magic Flute Logo

Magical Designs for Mozart's Magic Flute

Thursday, September 29, 2016 to Sunday, January 8, 2017

Broadbent Gallery | Judy Levin, Curator 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.

Khosi Nkosi's Designs

Fashions of Southern Africa

Friday, August 26, 2016 to Sunday, July 2, 2017

 Higbee Gallery | Sara Hume, Curator  The exhibition, Fashions of Southern Africa, brings together the work of fashion designers currently active in South Africa and Namibia to showcase 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.

Rebekah Marine


Friday, July 29, 2016 to Sunday, March 12, 2017

Stager/Blum Galleries | Tameka Ellington, PhD and Stacey Lim, Au.D., PhD, Co-Curators

Focus: Fiber 2016

Focus: Fiber 2016

Friday, February 12, 2016 to Sunday, July 3, 2016

Focus: Fiber 2016 is a juried exhibition of contemporary fiber art coordinated by Textile Art Alliance. Textile Art Alliance (TAA), an affiliate group of the Cleveland Museum of Art, is an active organization of artists, designers, craftspeople, educators and collectors with a common interest in the textile and fiber arts.

Beaded and fringed flapper dress

Flapper Style: 1920s Fashion

Friday, September 25, 2015 to Sunday, September 4, 2016

Broadbent Gallery | Sara Hume, Curator The flapper is widely seen as the epitome of 1920s glamor and decadence. The term refers to the generation of young women who came to age just as World War I ended and shocked the older generation with their short hair and short skirts, their drinking and smoking and swearing. Flappers faced a world strikingly different from the one their mothers knew and their clothing reflected this dramatic break with the past.

 @Infinitum (Create+Lead+Learn)

@Infinitum (Create+Lead+Learn)

Friday, July 24, 2015 to Sunday, January 10, 2016

Stager and Blum Galleries | Curators: Koon Hwee Kan and Janice Lessman-Moss We initiated this project as a celebration of more than three decades of diplomatic ties between the United States of America and the People’s Republic of China. This exchange exhibit serves as an experimental channel for direct connections among contemporary studio faculty members in both cultures. Gravitating toward uniqueness is typical in new artistic creation and cultural expression, which may inadvertently overemphasize contradictory outcomes stemming from differences.

Revealing clothes' hidden secrets


Thursday, March 12, 2015 to Sunday, July 31, 2016

Higbee Gallery | Sara Hume, Curator The art of creating beautiful custom clothing has always entailed beautiful workmanship that is hidden when the pieces are worn. This exhibition showcases these secret inner-workings that are usually out of sight. Weights, pockets, quilted linings, boning, ruffles and labels all come to light when the garments are flipped inside out.