Upcoming Exhibitions

Merging Concepts

Merging Concepts: In These Moments 

When given only a moment of a story, we are invited to imagine its whole. 

April 19 - September 8, 2024 
Opening Reception Friday April 19, 2024, 5:30-7 pm 
Gallery Talk Wednesday, April 24, 2-3 pm 

Merging Concepts is an annual exhibition curated by students in the Museum Studies Certificate program. In this iteration, In These Moments, we explore how storytellers capture emotions, recall events, and create works of art to visualize a narrative. 


Finding Aid
Finding Aid, 2016, Artist Book by Sauda Mitchell, Wood, cotton fabric, metal, Mahn Center for Archives & Special Collections

Merging Concepts IX: Then and Again


Exhibition: April 14 - September 11, 2023
Opening Reception: Friday, April 14 • 5:30-7:00 PM

Centering Black Artists
In Hand

September 22, 2023 – March 31, 2024

How does material knowledge transfer between people, between people and objects, and between objects and places?  In Hand, curated by Kate Hampel and Sam Dodd, creates a dialog between two contemporary artworks to show how artists and historians engage with the built world. Hand Pressed Souvenirs (2009 -), by Los Angeles artist Nicole Seisler, invites participants to join on a local walk with blocks of wet porcelain in-hand, which they use to make impressions of architectural details that visually and culturally define a location. 

Merging Concepts IX: Then and Again

Merging Concepts IX: Then and Again

April 14 — September 11, 2023

The ninth annual exhibition of the Kennedy’s Merging Concepts Series is inspired by two primary objects on loan from the Ohio University Libraries. The exhibition explores the big idea “Illuminate the realities of the past to connect to the present” and is supported by additional objects and documents from the collections of the program’s partners.

Gesture of the Still Image 

Gesture of the Still Image 

January 17 - March 26, 2023 

Gesture of the Still Image is a selection of photographs and related mediums from KMA’s collections chosen for their portrayal of the human body in a moment of movement and emotion stilled by an artist’s lens. Within this exhibition one can witness the way an image tells a story in a single frame and allows the viewer a glimpse into the human condition. Work chosen by KMA graduate assistant Ashley Kouri, an MFA candidate in Photography and Integrated Media, spans over a century of the history of photography from the pictorialism of Clarence White to contemporary imagery recently purchased by the Museum. The addition of photographs by Lissa Rivera and Lalla Essaydi expands the ratio of female-identifying to male-identifying artists both in the exhibition and KMA collections.



January 17-August 6 2023

The exhibition CONVERSATIONS…, curated by student staff in the education department of the Kennedy Museum of Art, begins with the notion that we often create individual meaning from simple visual connections between objects. Those connections are expanded conceptually by further investigating an artist or artwork and then deepened by inviting others from different discipline areas, backgrounds, or experiences, to engage in conversation around works that have been intentionally paired.