Arts & Culture

Aerial photo of Porthouse Theatre We are thrilled to announce that Porthouse Theatre, Kent State University's summer professional theatre, will hold a full season of live theatre during the summer of 2021.  The 2021 season is designed with coronavirus-related restrictions and precautions in mind and will feature productions of Quilters, BKLYN, and Altar Boyz, all of which...

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Image of theatre and stage with red seats and a curtain across the stage Over the span of 20 years, Yuko Kurahashi, Ph.D, professor in the School of Theatre and Dance at Kent State University, spent much of her time observing, researching and studying the life of Ping Chong. This research has been brought together in a book describing Ping Chong's contributions as an artist. Located in...

"The Unbought Collection" by Jordan Bigelow. She was awarded the Virgil Abloh™️ “Post-Modern” Scholarship in partnership with FSF. Two seniors from the Kent State University School of Fashion were announced as Fashion Scholarship Fund (FSF) 2021 scholarship recipients. Fashion design seniors Jordan Bigelow and Mattney Yates used their creativity and knowledge to develop case studies focused on current world issues. This year, FSF awarded scholarships to 120 students all over...

Screenshot of Nicholas Harper from WTVG 13ABC A Kent State University alumnus is using his fashion education to create custom pieces like wedding dresses, masks and suits from his own store in Toledo, Ohio. Recently featured on WTVG 13ABC, Nicholas Harper, a fashion design alumnus, can alter anything from formal gowns to dress shirts. His process starts with a design on paper and only takes a...

Detail of Romanian ensemble from Transylvania As of Feb. 2, the Kent State University Museum has reopened to the public and is excited to announce its newest exhibition, “Stitched: Regional Dress Across Europe.” This is the first new exhibition to open in 2021. “Stitched” will be on display from February 2021 through December 2021, and it features 75 pieces exclusive to the museum’s...

Kent State students performing in Thai Ensemble Kent, OH — Kent State University's Thai Ensemble, one of only three in the United States academic system, has continued to learn and practice Thai classical music through the COVID-19 pandemic. Housed in Kent State's Glauser School of Music and led by Assistant Professor Priwan Nanongkham, Ph.D., the ensemble was recently featured in a piece by...

Alumna Stacy Alan and Husband Jason on the Set of CW’s “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” Stacy Alan never expected her life to revolve around magic. This 2006 graduate of Kent State University, who uses the stage name “Alan” and identifies herself a mentalist, has always had a passion for the mind and dedicated her life to studying and analyzing how the mind works, starting with her BA in psychology. Once she met her now-husband...

The U.S. Constitution on a U.S. Flag Christopher Banks The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution grants us five freedoms: the freedom of religion, speech, press, petition and assembly. Each of these freedoms collectively gives us the right to be ourselves – expressing ourselves and enriching the nation through the free exchange of ideas. But there...

Poetry Book Cover Created by Alumnae Meredith Balogh and Rachel (Lysa) Anderson Pamela R. Anderson-Bartholet, AAB ‘89, MA ‘94, MFA ‘12, has a long history at Kent State, graduating from the university three times before working for Kent State. In August, she added a new feather to her cap when The Poetry Box published her first complete collection of poetry, “Just the Girls: A Kaleidoscope of Butterflies; A Drift of...

Glassblowing process, flame being held to glass bubble on blowpipe Navigating the pandemic restrictions in all of the School of Art studio art classes this semester has been challenging to both faculty and students. A large part of the adaptation is the requirement for everyone across campus to maintain 6 feet of physical distance when possible and wear face coverings at all...