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Kent State Museum and Akron Art Museum Celebrate the Age of Impressionism

Posted Nov. 14, 2011

New exhibits will feature clothing and paintings from the late 19th and early 20th Centuries

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Dress and belt of point d'espirit lace, 1912,
gift of the Martha McCaskey Selhorst Collection.

The Kent State University Museum will coordinate with the Akron Art Museum to illustrate the Age of Impressionism.  A Day at the Beach explores the reality of summer tourism between the 1860s and 1910s, with a selection of actual garments that would have been worn near and at the beach.  The exhibit will be open to the public from Nov. 18, 2011, to Oct. 7, 2012, and is meant to coincide with Landscapes from the Age of Impressionism, a collection of paintings at the Akron Art Museum that runs through Feb. 5, 2012.

The Age of Impressionism dates from the mid- to late 1800s to the early 1900s.  Impressionism is described as a painting technique with a variety of soft brushstrokes and vibrant colors that began in France.  Most Impressionist painters focused on landscapes and people.  American Impressionists concentrated on beaches, factories and residences that will be reflected in the Kent State Museum and Akron Art Museum.

“The image of women at the seaside in elegant white gowns was a popular subject for Impressionist painters.  This exhibition includes a selection of garments that show the evolution of fashions during this span of time, while highlighting the enduring appeal of lightweight, lacy fabrics,” says curator Sara Hume.

The museum is located at 515 Hilltop Dr., at the corner of East Main and South Lincoln streets. The museum is open to the public Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, from 10 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.; Thursday, from 10 a.m. – 8:45 p.m.; Sunday, from noon – 4:45 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $3 for children under 18. The museum is free with a Kent State ID, and is also free to the public on Sundays, with free parking available.  For more information, call 330-672-3450 or visit