Arts & Culture

A multi-generational and interactive arts festival featuring over 33 activities, live entertainment and food trucks.


In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of May 4, 1970, when Ohio National Guardsmen opened fire on Kent State University students protesting the U.S. invasion of Cambodia during the Vietnam War, killing four and wounding nine, students and faculty from Kent State’s School of Fashion Design and Merchandising are bringing attention to current social issues in the new exhibition called “Wearing Justice: Perspectives From KSU Fashion School Faculty and Students” that is on display now at the Kent State University Museum.

Toni Morrison, the bestselling author who died Aug. 5, at one time was offered a job in Kent State University’s Department of English, recalled English Professor Yoshinobu Hakutani, Ph.D.

Janice Lessman-Moss, professor of textiles in Kent State University’s School of Art, has been named Cleveland Arts Prize’s 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award winner. Cleveland Arts Prize promotes creativity in Northeast Ohio by honoring artists for artistic excellence and recognizes community leaders who help regional arts flourish.

The Kent State University Museum’s newest exhibition, “Ohio Quilts,” which is now open, features an eclectic group of historical quilts that in many ways reflects the history of Ohio dating back to the early 19th century. 

At first glance, it looks more like an art studio, make that a hot art studio ... music blaring, temperatures rising and a chatty atmosphere of collaboration. Anything but a college classroom. Most wear blue jeans and cotton shirts so they can easily sweat while perfecting their craft. In this case, glassblowing.

Kaycee Marshall, a 2019 Fashion Design major, created a line of formalwear for women in wheelchairs.

Enology students of Kent State University’s Ashtabula Campus are leaving a lasting impact with their high-quality luxury wines. One local wine connoisseur was so impressed with the wines, he featured them in a recent article in the Akron Beacon Journal. 

The Fashion School at Kent State University held its 37th annual fashion show April 26 and 27 in the school’s home of Rockwell Hall on the Kent Campus. Models worked the runway which flowed from the catwalk in the Rockwell Auditorium and out into the second-floor atrium, giving viewers an up-close glimpse at the construction of the student-made garments. 

The Roe Green series continues to prosper in 2019, bringing in actor, writer and director Ron West, ‘82, who has directed multiple pieces for The Second City in Chicago, appeared on Whose Line is it, Anyway? and worked on several other shows and projects.