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Kent State Downtown Art Gallery Announces 2010 Fall Exhibits

Posted Aug. 13, 2010

The Kent State University School of Art's Downtown Gallery annunces its fall schedule of exhibits. The Downtown Gallery is located at 141 E. Main Street in Kent. Exhibitions and the opening and closing receptions are free and open to the public. For more information visit or call 330-676-1549.

Speak Peace: American Voices Respond to Vietnamese Children's Paintings
Sept. 1 through 25, 2010
Reception: Thursday, Sept. 16, 5-7 p.m.

Kent State University's School of Art Galleries and Wick Poetry Center, in collaboration with Soldier's Heart, a veteran's return and healing organization, have created Speak Peace: American Voices Respond to Vietnamese Chldren's Paintings. A collaborative, international art project, Speak Peace encourages creative dialogue between image and world, fostering cross-cultural understanding and reconciliation.

Speak Peace features original poems written by American children, veterans, and established poets in response to Vietnamese children's paintings of peace and war collected by the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam. As a traveling art exhibit, Speak Peace will tour nationally for two to three years and then return to the U.K., and finally the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam. A project website (to be launched in September 2010) will offer free curricula and serve as an archive for new poems and reflections written by children, veterans, and community members around the country in response to the exhibit.

Showcasing the visions of Vietnamese children and the power of poetry to promote healing and reconciliation, this international collaborative project offers a timely testament to the emotional truth of war and peace.

Jewelry/Metals/Enameling Alumni Exhibition
Oct. 2 through 30, 2010
Reception: Saturday, Oct. 2, 5-8 p.m.

This group exhibition features selected works of alumni of the Kent State University School of Art Jewelry/Metals/Enameling program. Professor Kathleen Browne, the head of the program, connected with her graduates and chose the works for the exhibition, which will include works for sale.

Lesley Sickle M.F.A. Exhibition
Nov. 3 through 13, 2010
Reception: Friday, Nov. 5, 5-8 p.m.

An M.F.A. candidate in the School of Art Printmaking program, Lesley Sickle's work demonstrates new directions in print content and technique.

Small Works Competition and Holiday Sale
Nov. 24 through Dec. 24, 2010
Reception: Friday, Nov. 26, 5-7 p.m.

The Small Works Competition is an exhibition open to students, faculty, alumni and regional artists, without entry fee. "Small work" is defined as roughly 12"x12"x12" or less. Prizes will be awarded by the show's juror on the night of the reception.

During the Holiday Sale, the retail space of the gallery is set up with merchandise from local and regional artists, students, faculty and alumni, offering the community unique gift opportunities for the holidays.

For more information contact:
Anderson Turner, 330-672-1369 or
or Effie Tsengas, 330-672-8398 or