Arts and Culture

Yvonne Bandy painted the Africa mural in Oscar Ritchie when she was 19 years of age.

If you walk on the second level of Oscar Ritchie Hall, you will see a brightly colored mural that spells out the word AFRICA in large letters. Look a little closer and you will notice profiles of Black people in the large letter forms. A chain runs across the bottom of the mural to symbolize oppression.   In 1971, Yvonne Bandy, the cr...

Michelle Gullion

In her 18 years as director of collections and research for the National First Ladies Library and Museum, Michelle Gullion has amassed a treasure trove of knowledge about America’s first ladies. And while she’s been able to access inside information and artifacts on some of the nation’s most captivating first ladies, she’s most interested ...

The Kent State LARP (Live Action Role Play) Club Ohtari promotes good sportsmanship

Delonte Goodman chose to attend Kent State because of its affordability and closeness to home. But when Goodman found out that the university was home to the Kent State Pokémon League, it pushed him over the top. "One thing that also drew me into Kent State was that they had a Pokémon club,” said Goodman, a senior majoring in mechatroni...

Former Ohio Gov. Richard F. Celeste visits Kent State to sign his new book

Former Ohio Gov. Richard F. Celeste visited Kent State Tuesday for a signing featuring his new book, "In the Heart of It All, An Unvarnished Account of My Life in Public Service," in which, among other topics, he encourages young people to think about public service.  According to Celeste, if young people build a constituency for c...

Omar Salam, Sukeina

Global. Sophisticated. Highly respected. Those words describe Omar Salam, founder and creative director of the global fashion house Sukeina. The fashion designer will make a special trip from the runway to Kent State University’s Rockwell Hall as Salam has been named the 2023 inductee of the university’s School of Fashion Hall of Fame. ...

Kent State University Orchestra rehearsal for a weekend performance.

Scott MacPherson, DMA, conductor and director of choral studies, led the Kent State University Orchestra in rehearsals this week for what he called a “huge” concert this Sunday, Dec. 11, at 3 p.m. with the Kent Chorus and Chorale.  Performing works for both full symphony orchestra and strings, the Kent State University Orchest...

Kent State Today
DI and The Tower of Squares by night.

The dynamic "Tower of Squares" sculpture by Owen Morrel was installed outside the newly completed Design Innovation Hub in 2021. ...

Pieces from the Pride In Kent exhibition at the FJKluth Art Gallery

The “Pride in Kent'' exhibition, at the FJKluth Art Gallery, displays 26 pieces of art created by 11 different LGBTQ+ members and allies. The exhibition will be on display during Main Street Kent’s Rainbow Weekend, Oct. 7 and 8. The gallery was asked by Main Street Kent to create an exhibition in celebration of LGBTQ+ pride. John Aylward,...

Student Headshots

Kent, Ohio — Four members of the Kent Wind Ensemble, led by Wendy K. Matthews, Ph.D., will be part of the 2022 College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) Intercollegiate Band for the North Central Division Conference. They’ll rehearse and perform as part of the ensemble during the three-day conference running April 7-9 held a...

Headshots of Stephen Tornero and Mary Meese

Visual arts teacher Stephen Tornero and choir director Mary Meese and are among the finalists for the 2022 Stark County Art and Music Educator Awards. Both are alumni of Kent State’s College of the Arts. Presented jointly by the Canton Symphony, the Massillon Museum, and the Canton Museum of Art, the awards recognize public, private, an...