Arts & Culture

The Great Gatsby Book Cover “The Great Gatsby,” a book many read in high school. We remember the green light on the dock, the passion and the tragedy. What many didn't know – until recently – was that the story was also printed in the newspaper. Department Chair and Professor for the Department of English Robert Trogdon, Ph.D., discovered a previously unknown...

Kerry Jo Bauer working on The Dark Crystal The work of a School of Theatre and Dance faculty member at Kent State University is featured in a new Hollywood blockbuster. Assistant Professor of Costume Technology Kerry Jo Bauer served as a costumer for Netflix and the Jim Henson Company’s “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance,” which premiered this month exclusively on Netflix.  ...

Alumnus Eric Meek Blowing Glass When Kent State University alumnus Eric Meek is not working in a glass art studio, one may find him on the small screen sharing his expertise in the new Netflix series called “Blown Away.”   The competition-based reality show features 10 highly skilled glass artists who compete to win the show’s prize, Best in Blow. Meek, who received his...

Beading on a garment representing "culture" and a Kent State University patch on jeans representing the "counterculture" are included in the Kent State University Museum Almost 50 years ago, the shootings of Kent State University students by the Ohio National Guard brought to a head the cultural divides that had split the nation. The Kent State University Museum’s exhibition, “Culture/Counterculture: Fashions of the 1960s and ’70s,” opening Sept. 20, explores the sharp contrast between supporters of the...

Kerry Jo Bauer working on The Dark Crystal The work of a School of Theatre and Dance faculty member at Kent State University is featured in a new Hollywood blockbuster. Assistant Professor of Costume Technology Kerry Jo Bauer served as a costumer for Netflix and the Jim Henson Company’s “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance,” which premiered this month exclusively on Netflix.  ...

Christopher J. Coles Kent State University jazz ensembles instructor, Christopher J. Coles, creates art and music in remembrance of the racially motivated Charleston shooting. The unforeseen occurrence created a turning point for Coles that led to the creation of the “Nine Lives Project.”   The “Nine Lives Project,” which initially consisted of himself and one...

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Kent State Kent State University is pleased and proud to announce the return of “We the People,” a photography exhibition that shines a light on our common humanity. The exhibition will return to the Kent Campus, on the Lefton Esplanade, from Sept. 6-30, overlapping with the Kent Creativity Festival, and will include featured events like speakers,...

Shown is "Make Amerikkka Great Again" (2019), designed by Kent State University Fashion School student Colin Isaacs. 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...

Pictured is author Toni Morrison in a photo released by her publisher Alfred Knopf in 2012. 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. Hakutani, who wrote part of his dissertation on Morrison’s writings, recalled meeting the late author at Howard University in Washington, D.C. The encounter...

Janice Lessman-Moss headshot in front of weaving 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.  Lessman-Moss...