Arts & Culture

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...

Ohio Quilts Exhibit - Keckley Quilt The Kent State University Museum’s newest exhibition, “Ohio Quilts,” which is now open through April 12, 2020, features an eclectic group of historical quilts that in many ways reflects the history of Ohio dating back to the early 19th century.    This exhibition assembles quilts reflecting a variety of techniques, including appliqué,...

Students Work Together in the Hot Shop to Transfer Melted Glass Onto Functional Object     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. There's no app...

Kaycee Marshall, center, and her models show off the collection of formal wear she created for women in wheelchairs. Recent Kent State University graduate Kaycee Marshall was featured on “Today with Hoda & Jenna,” the fourth hour of the NBC morning show on May 31. Ms. Marshall graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Fashion Design on May 12. The Indiana native was born with sacral agenesis and scoliosis and has been confined to a wheelchair her entire...

Kent State Ashtabula Enology students of Kent State University’s Ashtabula Campus are leaving a lasting impact with their high-quality luxury wines.    Local wine connoisseur and writer for the Akron Beacon Journal Phil Masturzo recalled in his article “Fun food pairings make KSU wines shine,” that upon sampling two Kent State Ashtabula Wines, he thought, why...

Yayra Tamakloe 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...

The Roe Green Visiting Director Series brings in guest professional directors to work in residency with students and direct one of the School’s Main Stage productions. Roe Green -- local arts patron, activist and CEO of the Roe Green Foundation -- decided 16 years ago that she wanted to give back to Kent State University. Through her generosity and passion for the arts, Ms. Green, along with her foundation, established the Roe Green Visiting Director Series for the School of Theatre and Dance.  The Roe Green...

Fashion Timeline Imagine stepping into a role that had been filled for 30 years by the previous occupant. Where would you start? How would you make your mark? For Sarah Rogers, director of the Kent State University Museum, this was the challenge and opportunity of a lifetime. “It is all about trying things,” said Ms. Rogers. “It is about thinking of things to...

KSU alumnus and gay rights activist Michael Chanak Jr. KSU alumnus and gay rights activist Michael Chanak Jr. was determined to make a difference at his workplace, and his dedication to change prompted a global company to redefine diversity. Mr. Chanak, BS ’71, credits his time at Kent State for giving him the fighting spirit he needed later in his life, when he became the unlikely lone gay voice to...