Arts & Culture

Kent State Bill Auld, associate professor of Theatre at Kent State Tuscarawas, leant his flying skills to MTV's "My Super Sweet 16" this past spring to help twin recording artists SiAngie make an epic entrance to their 16th birthday party. Auld flew to Philadelphia where he was responsible for flying the twin sisters in on two LED-lit "clouds" as they made...

Grammy winner Rick Springfield will perform as part of the Kent State Tuscarawas Performing Arts Center On Aug. 18, the Kent State University at Tuscarawas Performing Arts Center’s 2017-2018 season launches with comedian Lucas Bohn, the first of 25 diverse and high-quality performances. The season also will feature concerts, Broadway shows, family shows and additional comedy. “This season is highlighted by multiple award-winning...

Glassblowing at Kent State University What he learned at Kent State University, Matt Janke takes joy in teaching others. Janke opened his own glassblowing studio in Atlanta, after moving to the area in the 1980s. He has since shared his passion for the vibrant colors and unique shapes that magically emerge when extreme heat mixes with a lot of creativity.  Janke credits his skills...

David Hassler, director of the Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University, reads a poem during the River of Words poetry reading in the center’s Poetry Park. The Poetry Coalition, of which the Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University is a founding member, will benefit from a $200,000 grant from the Ford Foundation. To be given over two years, the grant, which will be administered by the Academy of American Poets, will enable the founding members of the coalition to produce national programs on themes...

Kent State University students model original designs created by Fashion School students during the school’s 2017 spring fashion show. Kent State University’s School of Fashion Design and Merchandising has once again been named among the nation’s elite, according to new rankings from Fashion-schools.org. For fashion merchandising, the school has been rated No. 3 nationally (top 2 percent of schools considered), No. 3 nationally among public schools and colleges (top 4...

Pictured are clothing on display as part of the Kent State University MuseumThe Kent State University Museum presents its "Fashions of the Forties” exhibit that features a variety of different looks that typified the 1940s. The exhibit runs through March 2018.    

Traveling Stanzas Poetry kiosks written for Traveling Stanzas through Kent State University’s Wick Poetry Center, in the College of Arts and Sciences, have found their home in downtown Kent for months and recently expanded to eight Kent Campus locations. Traveling Stanzas first began in 2009 as a community arts program and was a collaboration between the Wick...

“YOU, ME, US, WE,” an exhibit and silent auction at the Downtown Gallery. A painting. A drawing. A sculpture. Kent State University students, faculty and alumni are using the universal language of art, in its many forms, to send a positive message of hope. Together, the university art community created “YOU, ME, US, WE,” an exhibit and silent auction at the Downtown Gallery in Kent. The money raised went to support...

The crew at Kent State’s Costume Shop are hard at work creating costumes for Porthouse Theatre’s production of “9 to 5.” On a morning in early June, the Costume Shop at Kent State University’s Center for the Performing Arts was filled with sounds—sewing machines buzzing, radio blasting, women chattering and laughing. With less than a week to go before Kent State’s Porthouse Theatre opened its 49th season with the musical “9 to 5”—based on the hit 1980...

The set of "Family Ties" at Human Race Theatre Company. Photo by Tamara Honesty. Kent State University School of Theatre and Dance professor Tamara L. Honesty is helping bring a beloved 1980s television series to the stage in the Human Race Theatre Company's world premiere production of "Family Ties." Honesty serves as scenic designer for the production which runs June 1-25 at Human Race's venue in Dayton, Ohio and continues...