The Kennedy Museum of Art
Photos by Bill Graham and Rick Fatica
Native American weavings at a recent exhibit. Museum intern Brian Schauer talks about Native American tapestry at a Saturday workshop for children in the region.
Museum Director Kent Ahrens and a bird in flight at an exhibition by ATCO, Athens County's sheltered workshop, and the Ohio Arts Council.
The Kennedy Museum of Art at Ohio University opened the doors to its exhibition galleries in October 1996, and today the museum is dedicated to enhancing the cultural life of the campus and region by "providing exhibitions of the highest possible quality and a wide variety of learning opportunities," says Kent Ahrens, its director.

Located in the former central administration building of the Athens Mental Health Center, the 130-year-old structure sits atop The Ridges overlooking the Athens campus from across the Hocking River. Much of the first floor of the museum has been converted into attractive gallery space, and the architectural firm of John Waite Associates of Albany, N.Y., is studying the three unrenovated floors to recommend future improvements.

Work by the late internationally known artist Roy Lichtenstein will be among selections from the mu seum's permanent collection of prints on display at one of several exhibits this spring.
The permanent collections at Ohio University's first art museum focus on the Native American weavings and Southwestern jewelry donated by the late Edwin L. and Ruth E. Kennedy, and the contemporary print collection. The Foster and Martha Harmon Collection of American Art is on long-term loan to the Kennedy Museum.

Coinciding with changing exhibitions, the museum staff offers free Saturday morning workshops and gallery tours for area schoolchildren.


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