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Kent State’s School of Art Downtown Gallery Presents Imprint

Imprint Exhibition
The Imprint exhibition opens on Aug. 31.
The Kent State University School of Art Galleries is pleased to announce an exhibition of sculpture by Kent State alumnus Eric England, Imprint. The Imprint exhibition opens on Aug. 31 and runs through Sept. 24 at the Downtown Gallery. A reception will be held on Thursday, Sept. 1, from 5 -7 p.m.

England received a B.F.A. in sculpture from Kent State in 1987. He has been teaching art at Howland High School in Warren, Ohio, since 2002. England’s current body of work, which he refers to as Talismans, combines comic book superheroes with ancient African carvings and American Indian totems to explore the human struggle between the body’s physical limitations and the mind’s infinite imagination.

The Kent State University School of Art’s Downtown Gallery is located at 141 East Main St. in Kent. Gallery hours are Wednesday - Friday 12 -5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. For additional information, please visit or contact the Downtown Gallery at 330-676-1549.
Posted Aug. 29, 2011

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Last Chance to See "Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage and Screen" at Kent State University Museum

Katharine Hepburn Exhibit
The acclaimed exhibit "Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for
Stage and Screen" at the Kent State University Museum
will close Sept. 4. Pictured are Jean Druesedow, director
of the Kent State University Museum and curator of the
exhibit, with John Crawford, dean of the College of the Arts.

The acclaimed exhibit "Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage and Screen" at the Kent State University Museum showcases the screen legend's performance clothes, which include stage and film costumes spanning Miss Hepburn's career, as well as apparel she wore for publicity purposes. Only two weeks remain to see the acclaimed exhibit. The exhibit, which opened last October, closes on Sept. 4.

Katharine Hepburn is universally recognized among the greatest actresses of all time. She was nominated by the Motion Picture Academy a record 12 times in the best leading actress category and won four Oscars - for “Morning Glory” (1933), “Guess Who's Coming to Dinner” (1967), “The Lion in Winter” (1968), and “On Golden Pond” (1981). This record has never been equaled.

"Katharine Hepburn has had a profound impact on American popular culture and fashion, and has influenced generations of women," says Jean Druesedow, director of the Kent State Museum and curator of the exhibit.

"On screen and off, she epitomized the modern American woman – smart, independent, active, honest, feisty, and outspoken,” says Druesedow. “In terms of fashion, Katharine Hepburn blazed trails by popularizing slacks for women, wearing or adapting men's suits as women's apparel, and helping internationalize what is now called 'The American Style.'"

The museum acquired Miss Hepburn's performance clothes in 2008 from the star's estate. Before her death in 2003, she had made clear her collection of performance clothes should be given to an educational institution instead of being sold at auction. The Kent State University Museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums, and is known internationally for its costume and fashion collections. The result was a perfect fit.

"Katharine Hepburn's costumes were designed or overseen by some of the greatest 20th century designers for fashion, stage and film," says Druesedow. "Valentina, Adrian, Irene, Muriel King, Cecil Beaton, Coco Chanel, Walter Plunkett, Edith Head, Patricia Zipprodt, Jane Greenwood, Noel Taylor - it's an 'A' List all the way."

Though the collections' ownership is indisputable - they were literally hanging in Katharine Hepburn's closets - the museum had to correctly identify which movie or play the garments came from since they were untagged. Movie frames, stage stills and publicity shots of Miss Hepburn helped immensely and are displayed alongside the costumes.

As the title of the exhibition suggests, the costumes are presented according to genre, with "screen" including film and television. A series of Miss Hepburn's iconic beige trousers, linen vests and tailored jackets will be placed as guideposts through the exhibit.

For more information, call 339-672-3450, visit or go to the Kent State University Museum Facebook page.

Posted Aug. 22, 2011

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The e-Inside newsletter is an excellent way to share news about faculty and staff accomplishments, regional campus news and information about upcoming events.

If you have a news item or event that you would like to share with the Kent State community, consider submitting it to e-Inside. Send your news and announcements for consideration to

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Plenty of advance notice is appreciated. The deadline for copy is Tuesday at 5 p.m. for the issue of the following week.

Posted July 4, 2011

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Kent State Football Home Opener Set for Sept. 10

Football Season Opener
Golden Flashes home opener set for Saturday, Sept. 10,
against Louisiana.

The Kent State University football team kicks off the 2011 season on Sept. 3 at Alabama (12:20 p.m. ET/SEC Network) before returning home to host Louisiana at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10, at Dix Stadium. The Golden Flashes return 14 starters and 44 letter winners under the direction of first-year head coach Darrell Hazell.

The Sept. 10 home-opener will have a couple of special tie-ins as it is both Heroes' and Champions Night. Kent State is honoring servicemen and women as well as local police, fire and rescue personnel. In addition, halftime will feature a parade of all of the Flashes' Mid-American Conference and national championship teams and individuals.

For ticket information, call 330-672-2244 or stop by the Athletic Ticket Office in the M.A.C. Center.

Posted Aug. 29, 2011

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