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Exhibitions Archive

Selections from the Collection

May 17, 2019 - August 4, 2019
A variety of artwork selected from the museum collection, focusing on larger scale paintings and prints, and featuring many works that have rarely been exhibited. ... Read More

Merging Concepts V

April 17, 2019 - September 8, 2019
Merging Concepts is an annual exhibition created by the students in the Museum Studies Certificate program for their practicum project. Drawing from collections across the university and community, this exhibition explores the connections between seemingly unrelated artifacts. ... Read More

Emerging Artists High School Photography Exhibition

March 21, 2019 - May 12, 2019
Emerging Artists is an annual exhibition featuring photography by students in a different regional high school each year. 2019 highlights the work of Federal Hocking High School students from Stewart, OH, instructed by Ellen Hadley and Sonja Coble. Join us for an opening reception Thursday, March 21, 5 - 6:30 pm. The exhibition continues through May 12, 2019. ... Read More

The Absence of the Syrian Artist

February 4, 2019 - March 10, 2019
Presentation & Reception: Thursday, February 7, 5:30 – 7 pm. The Absence of the Syrian Artist is a visual art installation curated by Basil Masri Zada that presents the work of a group of Syrian artists who have experienced the Syrian crisis since 2011 and are now living in different locations. ... Read More

School of Art + Design Faculty Exhibition

January 25, 2019 - May 5, 2019
The School of Art + Design Faculty Exhibition is a biennial showcase of current work from art faculty members teaching at the main Athens campus as well as the regional campuses. This exhibition features exciting new works from 33 artists in a wide variety of media. ... Read More

Carrie Mae Weems: The Usual Suspects

January 11, 2019 - March 31, 2019
On January 11, Kennedy Museum of Art will open Carrie Mae Weems: The Usual Suspects. The exhibition includes recent photographic and video works questioning stereotypes that associate black bodies with criminality. Comprised of three associated works, All the Boys and The Usual Suspects examine the racial stereotypes at the heart of deaths of black men and women at the hands of police, and confronts the viewer with the fact of judicial inaction. The third piece, People of a Darker Hue, is a meditative compilation of video, found footage, narration, and performance commemorating these deaths. ... Read More

A Story of Flying: 20 Years of Passion Works

October 12, 2018 - January 6, 2019
An immersive multi-media installation occupying three galleries, this exhibition celebrates the 20th anniversary of Passion Works Studio, a collaborative community art center encouraging people of all abilities to work and thrive within partnerships celebrating the power of creativity, connection and purpose. Nationally recognized for its work in empowering and validating the differently abled, Passion Works Studio had its first ever exhibition at Kennedy Museum of Art in 1998. Gallery Walk and Talk Friday October 12, 5:15 - 6PM, Opening Reception 6-7:30. ... Read More

Border Crossing: Video Installations by Dictaphone Group

September 21, 2018 - December 16, 2018
Kennedy Museum of Art hosts two video installation works by Beirut-based Dictaphone Group on the subject of border crossings: Stories of Refuge and Nothing to Declare. The museum will host Tania El Khoury, co-founder of Dictaphone Group to discuss these two projects as well as her solo practice. ... Read More

The Athens Asylum History Exhibit

June 29, 2018 - December 31, 2018
In celebration of the Asylum complex's 150th anniversary, Kennedy Museum of Art has partnered with the Southeast Ohio History Center in creating an exhibit on its history. In addition to a new permanent exhibit near the front entrance of the museum, upstairs is a display of blueprints and architectural drawings of a few of the additions and renovations that have occurred over the years. Also shown are archive images of the Amusement Hall that used to occupy two floors at the rear of the central administration building, and concept sketches for future renovations to that space. ... Read More

A Sudden Garden: Haitian Art from the Huntington Museum of Art

May 5, 2018 - September 30, 2018
A Sudden Garden features 51 works of 36 Haitian artists from the collection of the Huntington Museum of Art in West Virginia. Most of these paintings date from the period known as the Haitian Renaissance, which saw a blooming of pictorial art by untrained artists working at Le Centre D' Art in Port au Prince from the 1950s through the '60s. ... Read More

Merging Concepts IV:Communication Through the Ages

April 20, 2018 - September 9, 2018
Opening Reception Friday, April 20, 7-8PM. Gallery Walk & Talk with student curators Wednesday, April 25, 2-3PM. This annual exhibition is curated, designed and installed by students in the Museum Studies Certificate Program, drawing from collections across the campus and community. This exhibition explores forms of communication through history. ... Read More

Emerging Artists High School Photography Exhibition

March 30, 2018 - May 13, 2018
Emerging Artists is an annual exhibition featuring photography by students in a different regional high school each year. 2018 highlights the work of Athens High School students from Athens, OH, instructed by Ellen Gagliano. Join us for an opening reception Thursday, March 29, 5-6:30 pm. ... Read More

50 Year Journey: Ron Kroutel Paintings

January 20, 2018 - April 22, 2018
A retrospective exhibition featuring 36 works spanning the career of Ron Kroutel, Emeritus Professor of Art at OU's School of Art + Design. These works trace the artist's personal journey of self discovery and sense of place after coming to Athens to live and work in 1966. ... Read More

Tactic II

October 26, 2017 - December 17, 2017
The exhibition Tactic II showcases selected ceramic artists representing a growing shift toward the incorporation of non-ceramic materials in ceramic art. ... Read More

Expression and Repression: Contemporary Art Censorship in America

October 26, 2017 - December 17, 2017
This Honors Tutorial College student thesis exhibition explores how selected contemporary artists have been affected by censorship after the height of the "culture wars" (1980s to 1990s) in the United States. ... Read More

Sighting Progress: The Voinovich School 10th Anniversary Photojournalism Exhibition

October 20, 2017 - April 1, 2018
Sighting Progress brings together for the first time the images showcasing the legacy and impact of Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, to mark the tenth anniversary celebration of its founding. The exhibition features photography by Voinovich School Photojournalism Fellows, a partnership with the School of Visual Communications, to visually share the stories of select projects from throughout the School’s 10-year existence. ... Read More

House Proud: Portraits of the American Home

September 22, 2017 - December 17, 2017
House Proud explores the visual culture of homeownership and homemaking within the United States. Selected materials will include photographs from the Kennedy Museum’s collection, archival photographs, historical film and television footage, and a new photo series commissioned specifically for the exhibition. ... Read More


April 28, 2017 - October 15, 2017
Kennedy Museum of Art marks 20 years by recounting the story of exhibiting Navajo weavings from its unparalleled Southwest Native American Collection. ... Read More

Merging Concepts III

April 13, 2017 - September 10, 2017
An exhibition curated, organized, designed and installed by Ohio University students in the Museum Studies Certificate program. ... Read More

Emerging Artists

March 16, 2017 - May 14, 2017
Emerging Artists is an annual exhibition featuring photography by students in a different regional high school each year. 2017 highlights the work of Alexander High School students from Albany, Oh, instructed by Jessica Medley. Join us for an opening reception Thursday, March 16, 5:30-6:30 pm. ... Read More

Land & Sea: Visions of New England

January 13, 2017 - April 16, 2017
An exhibition of late 19th and early 20th century landscape painting focusing on New England by some of America's finest and most popular painters from this period, including Childe Hassam, Winslow Homer, George Inness, John Marin, Willard Metcalf, Edward Potthast, John Singer Sargent and John Sloan. The work of a few select French avant-garde artists including Eugene Boudin, Charles-Francois Daubigny and Auguste Renoir are included to provide context for the experimental styles and new subjects that innovative American artists examined while searching for a relevant contemporary voice through landscape. ... Read More

Warrington Colescott: The History of Printmaking and Other Travels

January 6, 2017 - March 26, 2017
Known for his colorful and satiric etchings, Warrington Colescott invites us to join him on an adventure to witness key moments in printmaking history. ... Read More

Ohio University Art and Design Faculty Biennial Exhibition

September 16, 2016 - December 23, 2016
To help celebrate Kennedy Museum of Art's 20th anniversary, the scope of this exhibition has been expanded to include art and design faculty teaching at Ohio University's five regional campuses. ... Read More

In The Blink Of An Eye: Photographs by David Currie

June 17, 2016 - September 11, 2016
During his career, photographer David Currie has sought out what he calls epiphanies, when certain objects, moments, incidents and relationships “seem to contain a significance beyond any logical, rational explanation,” in his words. In seeking to capture those moments he has moved among various styles as well as formats. These selections are from a large gift of photographs to Kennedy Museum of Art from Mr. Currie, an Ohio University alumnus. ... Read More

Staff Picks: Prints from the Kennedy Museum Collection

June 17, 2016 - August 28, 2016
An exhibition of 44 contemporary prints in all media selected by the staff of Kennedy Museum of Art. ... Read More

Luminaries: Small Portraits by Harvey Breverman

May 13, 2016 - October 28, 2016
Over his long career, drawing from life has been the cornerstone of Harvey Breverman’s artistic practice. As a faculty member at the University of Buffalo, he had plentiful opportunities to make sketches of the poets, writers, and scientists who were his peers, as well as the many distinguished lecturers who visited the university. Deeply connected with arts and letters, Breverman’s portraits are intense studies of people he admires, revealing his fascination with character. These powerful small prints come directly from the sketches made in the presence of his subjects. ... Read More

Merging Concepts

April 15, 2016 - September 18, 2016
This transdisciplinary exhibition was planned and executed by students in the 2015-2016 Museum Studies Certificate Program. A major component and goal was to produce an exhibition that introduced objects from various collections within the region. Together, the objects lend themselves to an array of storytelling possibilities. ... Read More

Witnessing the Anthropocene

March 24, 2016 - May 1, 2016
Inspired by contemporary science, nine artists create an evocative multimedia exhibition exploring the correlation between human and environmental systems. ... Read More

Emerging Artists: Meigs High School Photography

January 22, 2016 - March 20, 2016
This annual juried exhibition features the photography of selected high school students at Meigs High School. ... Read More

Hidden Mother

January 22, 2016 - May 1, 2016
Hidden Mother presents a survey of the nineteenth-century child portraits known as “hidden mother” photographs, a widespread but little-known 19th-century studio practice. ... Read More

Encounters Beyond Borders: Contemporary Artists from the Horn of Africa

January 22, 2016 - May 29, 2016
Featuring the work of eight contemporary artists from the Horn of Africa who all live in Europe and North America, the exhibition explores how these artists refigure indigenous artistic content. ... Read More

Insights: The School of Art + Design Faculty Collection

September 25, 2015 - March 27, 2016
This first exhibition of the collection showcases paintings and prints by current and emeriti professors. The range of approaches with respect to subject matter, content and technique clearly illustrates the diverse and dynamic character of the School’s faculty. ... Read More

Two Grey Hills Navajo Weavings

September 15, 2015 - December 23, 2015
This exhibition features a small selection of weavings by master weavers from the 1970s and 1980s, as well as a “pre-regional” 1910 weaving from the Edwin L. and Ruth E. Kennedy Southwest Native American Collection, and recent 21st century additions to the permanent collections of Kennedy Museum of Art. ... Read More

Art as Information: Maps, Plans and Diagrams

July 17, 2015 - January 10, 2016
This exhibition explores how art conveys information through data, text, the body through physical records, spatial information through maps and the self-reflexive intentions of the artists through plans. ... Read More

Earth Stories

April 24, 2015 - September 6, 2015
Earth Stories is a collection of twenty-four extraordinary works by Studio Art Quilt Associates’ studio artists in celebration of SAQA’s 25th anniversary. Each artist was asked to select a project they believe in and create a work of art embodying the positive, non-political goals of the project. ... Read More

American Art Glass: 1970 – 1990

January 30, 2015 - June 28, 2015
Drawn from the collections of Huntington Museum of Art and Kennedy Museum of Art, this exhibition’s focus was on the first generation of studio glass artists who began working after Harvey Littleton’s 1962 glass workshops at the Toledo Museum of Art. ... Read More

Navajo Wearing Blankets

January 16, 2015 - April 5, 2015
This exhibition featured Navajo wearing blankets from the Museum’s collection, dating from the early 19th to late 20th century. ... Read More

Color: Geometric Variations/ Prints of Sheldon Berlyn

January 7, 2015 - April 19, 2015
This exhibition featured a selection of prints by Sheldon Berlyn influenced by the principles of color theory in the work of artists Johannes Itten and Joseph Albers. ... Read More

Zuni Fetish Carvings

December 19, 2014 - May 31, 2015
Drawn from the Museum’s Southwest Native American Collection, this exhibition showcased Zuni animal carvings, often believed to house the spirit of the animal they represent. ... Read More

Amos Paul Kennedy Jr.: Lyrics of My People

September 19, 2014 - January 4, 2015
Letterpress printer Amos Paul Kennedy Jr., an artist based in Detroit, Michigan presented 546 posters with selected proverbs from the African continent that reflect on education and learning. ... Read More

The Bridge Club: The Trailer

September 19, 2014 - January 18, 2015
The Trailer is a mobile installation and touring series of live performances centered around and inside of a vintage camping trailer and addresses simultaneous and conflicting desires for adventure and security, experience and memory. ... Read More

Kim Abeles - frugalworld

September 19, 2014 - January 18, 2015
The exhibition frugalworld demonstrates the effects of human waste and consumption on the environment. ... Read More

Jaimie Warren ERMAHGERD (part 2)

September 12, 2014 - December 21, 2014
An exhibition of New York based contemporary artist Jaimie Warren. ... Read More

Women Artists in the Kennedy Museum of Art Collection – Part III

September 5, 2014 - January 18, 2015
Third and final installment of the women-centered exhibition series focused on work in Kennedy Museum collections that was made under the influence of third-wave feminism (1990 - present). ... Read More

Clarence H. White: Pictorial Images of Women

August 22, 2014 - December 14, 2014
Photographs by Clarence Hudson White depicting the life of middle class American women and their children in the early 20th century. ... Read More

Jenny Holzer: Truisms

August 15, 2014 - January 18, 2015
This exhibition featured Jenny Holzer’s suite of eight posters from the Truisms series in the museum’s permanent collection. ... Read More