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New Kent State Museum Exhibit Focuses on Collecting

Posted Aug. 23, 2010

The Kent State University Museum is currently featuring the exhibit Collectors and Collecting in the museum’s Tarter/Miller, Mull and Palmer Galleries. The exhibit reassembles groupings of objects from the Kent State University Museum’s permanent collection based on their provenance from individual, private collections to explore the idea of collectability and highlight the range of motivations and objects that can inspire collectors.

Among the collections on view are Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman’s Chinese blue-and-white porcelain, inkwells, miniatures and wax seals; Jabe Tarter and Paul Miller’s lamps and beaded purses; Paige Palmer’s Ohio art pottery; and Robert and Carolyn Bemis’ Meissen porcelain.

“Museum exhibitions often aim to create a narrative about the function and production of the objects on display,” said Sarah Hume, curator of the Kent State University Museum. “However, this exhibition explores the peculiar phenomenon of collecting – this passion some people have to amass related objects.”

The Collectors and Collecting exhibit will be on display through June 24, 2011.




Horn-shaped Inkwells



Snuff Boxes

The Kent State University Museum is located in Rockwell Hall at the corner of East Main Street and South Lincoln Street in Kent, Ohio. The Kent State University Museum offers free parking and is handicapped accessible. For more information, call 330-672-3450 or visit

Monday and Tuesday:
Wednesday: 10 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Friday and Saturday:
10 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.



General Admission:
Senior Citizens:
Students & Children:
$3 (7-18 years old)
Children younger than 7:
Students, Staff & Faculty:
Free with Kent State University I.D.
Sundays: Free

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Media Contacts:
Effie Tsengas,, 330-672-8398
Sara Hume,, 330-672-3450
Emily Vincent,, 330-672-8595

For a full listing of Arts events, please visit the College of the Arts on the web.