Arts & Culture

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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...

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...