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College of Arts and Sciences News

Kent State University Museum Receives Accreditation

Posted Jun. 15, 2010

During the spring semester 2010, the Kent State University Museum, which houses important collections of fashion and decorative arts, received accreditation by the American Association of Museums’ (AAM) Accreditation Commission for meeting high standards in the museum field.

This seal of approval recognizes a museum’s commitment to excellence and professional standards of operation and can bring national recognition to museums of all sizes and locations.

“AAM accreditation is emblematic of a museum meeting and exceeding the highest standards of the field, in all its operations,” said Ford W. Bell, the president of AAM. “For the Kent State University Museum to have attained accreditation for the first time represents a real achievement.  Everyone affiliated with the university and in the surrounding community can take pride that they have in their midst one of America’s best museums.”

Jean Druesedow, the museum’s director, says that this recognition gives the institution credibility.
“Accreditation means that the museum operates at the highest professional standard,” Druesedow said. “For example, when we borrow objects from other institutions, they can be confident that we will take proper care of their objects.”

To ensure that accredited museums maintain their level of professional performance, museums must complete a review every 10 years.

“Accreditation is a multiple-year process that examines every aspect of the museum's operations and governance,” Druesedow said. “It requires an extensive self-study as well as lots of documentation to support what we do and how we work.”

This is a commitment to excellence that the museum plans to uphold. “We plan to continue to work to the highest standards and continue to build the museum’s programs,” Druesedow added.

Established in October 1985, the Kent State University museum is closely linked to the Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman School of Fashion Design and Merchandising at Kent State, and it has eight galleries that feature changing exhibitions of work by many world-renowned artists and designers.  It provides students with first-hand experience with historic and contemporary fashions and costumes representing the world’s cultures. The Kent State University Museum houses an extensive collection of American glass, fine furniture, textiles, paintings and other decorative arts which combine to give context to the study of design.

For more information, visit or call 330-672-3450.

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Media Contacts:
Effie Tsengas, 330-672-8398
Bob Burford,, 330-672-8516