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The Kent State University Museum announces the appointment of Sarah J. Rogers as its new director. Ms. Rogers has been active in the arts and nonprofit arena for more than 25 years in a variety of roles, which include curating, museum management, fundraising, communications and marketing, donor relations and community engagement.

Kent State University’s Fashion School of Design and Merchandising will again have garments on display at the Cleveland Botanical Garden (CBG) during their 2018 Orchid Mania exhibition from Jan. 27 – March 11.  The display is part of an annual school-sponsored competition which is directed towards junior-level design students charged with conceiving of fabric and garment designs that inspired by the exquisite flora, the Orchid. Faculty member Betsy Carr coordinates the event.


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The Kent State University Museum invites you to the fourth annual Fashion Meets the Botanicals at the Cleveland Botanical Garden on Saturday, March 4, from 3 to 5 p.m.

The Kent State University Fashion School and Museum will host a lecture by the ALLELES Design Studio team in connection with the museum’s current exhibition “(dis)ABLED BEAUTY: The Evolution of Beauty, Disability and Ability.” The lecture, with remarks by ALLELES Art Director McCauley Wanner and Technology Director Ryan Palibroda, will take place on Friday, February 17, at 3 p.m. in the museum’s Murphy Auditorium.

Evening Gown, Bob Mackie, American late 1980s, Gift of Leamond Dean KSUM 1999.22.0001The Kent State University Museum will highlight the lively and extravagant fashions of the 1980s in an upcoming exhibit. “The 1980s: An Age of Excess” opens Friday, February 3 in the museum’s Broadbent Gallery and is co-curated by Museum Director Jean Druesedow and Victoria Haworth, a senior fashion merchandising student at Kent State's Fashion School.

The Kent State University Museum celebrates "Magical Designs for Mozart's 'The Magic Flute'" — open through January 8, 2017 — with a series of tie-in events highlighting Mozart's opera and the artists who have interpreted it.

Mozart’s opera “The Magic Flute” provides the basis for an exhibition of costumes and theatrical designs at the Kent State University Museum. “Magical Designs for Mozart’s ‘Magic Flute,’” curated by theatrical and opera designer Judy Levin, is open at the museum September 29, 2016 - January 8, 2017 and is sure to enthrall opera, theatre and design enthusiasts alike.

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The Kent State University Museum brings the work of contemporary fashion designers from two southern African nations to Ohio in a new exhibition.

Fashions of Southern Africa is curated by Sara Hume, Ph.D., and runs Aug. 26, 2016-July 2, 2017, in the museum’s Higbee Gallery. The museum also will host a free preview reception from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 25. Please call 330-672-0300 to RSVP.