Arts & Culture

Herrick Conservatory  

In the dead of winter, Kent State’s greenhouse complex teems with life.

Home to a diverse array of plants—and some fish—the facility is also filled with people. Students and faculty members from the biological sciences department conduct research there, students from other majors come to study and sketch, and student members of the Herrick Conservatory and Sustainability Club help with its upkeep. 

illustration by Zuzana Kubišová ’17My Grandfather


        whose stories were large
like a tree’s shadow
under which many people
could rest

        who walked slowly like a turtle
reflecting kindness

        who was over one hundred
and like a precious suitcase
contained wealthy things

Kent State University art instructor Don King enjoys spending time outside of the classroom hunting for wild mushrooms.

When Kent State University art professor Don King spotted the tall, spongy brown sprout under a beech tree, he felt a familiar adrenaline rush – that feeling of thrill that all treasure-hunters experience when eyeing their prize.

Theodore Albrecht, Ph.D., professor of musicology in Kent State University’s Hugh A. Glauser School of Music, has been awarded the Beethoven Medal in recognition of his musicological contributions to the study of composer Ludwig van Beethoven.

World Music Instruments

Room C 304, Center for the Perfoming Arts  

At the end of each semester, members of Kent State’s world music ensembles demonstrate what they’ve learned in a World Music Concert—an enlivening evening of music and dance organized by the Ethnomusicology Program in the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music

illustration by Zuzana Kubišová ’17Altar Boy at the Grand Tetons

by Regis Louis Coustillac

When did I begin to dance past
the path of broken branches,
so satisfied with wandering lost
beneath an empty barrel of dying stars?

Take part in the Kent Creativity Festival on Saturday, Sept. 30, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Lester A. Lefton Esplanade. 

The Kent Keyboard Series opens its 2017-2018 season with pianist Cahill Smith on Sun., Oct. 15 at 5 p.m. in Ludwig Recital Hall. Now in its 16th year, the Kent Keyboard Series has hosted an impressive roster of guest pianists from around the country including Eduardus Halim, Peter Takács and Sandra Shapiro, along with Kent State faculty members Jerry Wong and Donna Lee. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 330-672-2787 (ARTS) or at

The head of Kent State’s Textile Arts Program, Janice Lessman-Moss has spent 35 years elevating woven cloth into high art.  

By Laura Billings Coleman / Kent State Magazine

He was a music pioneer, a world-famous composer, and a beloved member of the Kent State University community for more than four decades. On Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, Halim El-Dabh passed away at the age of 96.

El-Dabh’s interest in music started at the age of 11 when he experimented with the sound of wind and scrap metal to scare the beetles away from his family’s crops in Egypt. Over time, his curiosity for music grew, as did his talents, opportunities and performances.