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School of Art Collection Room 144, Center for the Visual Arts The Kent State School of Art Collection started when author James A. Michener donated the proceeds from his book about the May 4, 1970 shootings—Kent State: What Happened and Why—to the Kent State University School of Art in 1971.  He had spent several months in Kent researching...

Concrete books sit in a Kent State University courtyard, designed by artist and professor Brinsley Tyrrell. The sun is shining, the temperature is rising and school is out. It is summer and that means soaking up the rays and catching up on all that reading you did not have time for during the year. What books are you planning to read? For some suggestions, we asked around Kent State University's Campuses: Todd Diacon,...

Kayaks line the shore of the Cuyahoga River in Kent, Ohio, as part of Crooked River Adventures, which is run by the Kent State Student Recreation and Wellness Center. Nearly a half century ago, sparks from a passing train not only set fire to oil-slicked debris on the Cuyahoga River, which sent flames five-stories high, it ignited the river’s reputation as one of the most polluted in the United States. Since then, clean-up efforts have helped return the river to its natural state, and now visitors will have...

Oxana Dallas MA thesis exhibition, weaving Oxana Dallas, graduate student in textiles in Kent State University's School of Art, was recently featured in the Canton Repository for her M.A. thesis exhibition, “Augmented Reality: The Art of Story Telling Through the Blend of Digital Photography and Woven Jacquard Structure.” The exhibition, which was on view in the Crawford Gallery at the...

Kent State earns international distinction for its ice sculpture in Harbin, China. The details are stunning. The size - mammoth. The temperature - frigid. They are some of the most awe-inspiring creations made out of mother nature’s most exquisite winter ingredients: snow and ice. Equally impressive are the artists, architects and engineers who take that snow and ice and design and build structures for the “Extraordinary ICE...

Kent State University employees Dustin Lee and Jon Jivan enjoy making movies in their spare time. Surrounded by movie posters, scale models and old filming equipment, Dustin Lee, ’07, and Jon Jivan, ’08, sit in their Kent Campus offices creating video content to promote Kent State University. This past month, Mr. Lee and Mr. Jivan, who are graduates of Kent State’s digital media production program, filmed and edited the university’s...

The exhibition "Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage and Screen" is currently on display at the Kent State University Museum. Most people know the Kent State University Museum for its amazing fashion and clothing collection, but among its 30,000 pieces are unique finds in and out of the fashion world that continue to wow members of the Kent State and Kent communities.   Among the many distinctive items, the museum has 3,200 pieces of American collectible glass from Jabe...

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Photo by Melissa Olson Herrick Conservatory   In the dead of winter, Kent State’s greenhouse complex teems with life. Home to a diverse array of plants—and some fish—the facility is also filled with people. Students and faculty members from the biological sciences department conduct research there, students from other majors come to study and sketch, and...

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Photo by Melissa Olson My Grandfather           whose stories were large like a tree’s shadow under which many people could rest         who walked slowly like a turtle reflecting kindness         who was over one hundred and like a precious suitcase contained wealthy things         whose heart was open like a flower on which bees could land to...

Don King displays wild mushroom he discovered on a recent hunt. Kent State University art instructor Don King enjoys spending time outside of the classroom hunting for wild mushrooms. When Kent State University art professor Don King spotted the tall, spongy brown sprout under a beech tree, he felt a familiar adrenaline rush – that feeling of thrill that all treasure-hunters experience when eyeing their...