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Color: Geometric Variations
Prints of Sheldon Berlyn

January 7 – April 19, 2015

Featuring a selection of prints by Sheldon Berlyn who was influenced by the principles of color theory in the work of artists Johannes Itten and Joseph Albers. During a productive period between 1970 and 1980, Berlyn experimented with color and geometric shapes. Using rectilinear shapes, Berlyn’s choice of hue, intensity and value produced illusions of projecting and receding planes. The works in this exhibition speak of the artist’s choice of physiological and psychological principles of color to evoke ocular vibration and afterimage.

Opening Reception: February 6, 6-8 PM

Sheldon Berlyn, Untitled, 1980

Sheldon Berlyn, Untitled, 1980

Without Words: Bringing the Big Apple to Appalachia

February 6 – March 8, 2015

Transcending cultural and geographical boundaries, this exhibition unifies students of varying ages through the universal language of iconography. Elementary school students of Scribble Art Workshop in New York City collaborate with Ohio University art students to create a visual dialogue. Rather than pen pals this partnership paired students of various ages as paint pals to cultivate creativity and communication.

Exhibition Reception: February 6, 6-8 PM

Scribble Art Workshop, New York City, 2014

Scribble Art Workshop, New York City, 2014

Prime Collective

February 6 – March 8, 2015

This exhibition brings 17 works of art by 17 artists who combine traditional methods such as painting and drawing, as well as mixed and digital media. Influenced by individual cultures and upbringing, these works question identity, race, sexuality, and authenticity. Artists in the exhibition are Megan Beerse, Rachel Bender, Grace Brewer, John Brown VI, Isabel Castillo, Alayna Coverly, Clarissa Gucwa, Jolena Hansbarger, Hongmo Liu Emily Mantell, Adam Mayhall, Johnna Miska, Ben Piper, Asher Pollock, Tiffany Roenigk, Becky Sirc, Samantha Slone.

Exhibition Reception: February 6, 6-8 PM

Alayna Coverly, Suffocate, 2015

Alayna Coverly, Suffocate, 2015

Navajo Wearing Blankets

January 16 – March 29, 2015

This exhibition explores Navajo wearing blankets from the Museum’s collection, dating from the mid 19th century to early 20th century. By the early 1800s Navajo blankets were valuable trade items, and for this reason became known as “Chief blankets.” Navajo wearing blankets are categorized into phases, according to their design elements and when they were woven. With many variations within the phases, wearing blankets are wider than they are long, and were worn over the shoulder by both men and women.

Opening Reception: February 6, 6-8 PM

Unknown weaver, Third Phase Chief Blanket, c. 1900-10

Unknown weaver,
Third Phase Chief Blanket,
c. 1900-10

Gregory Hatch
Rainbow’s End: Quilting as You Go

January 20 – February 15, 2015

Installed in the museum’s foyer, Gregory Hatch shares a project to explore his relationship with his immediate family as a gay man. Using sewing as his artistic medium, Hatch explores his family lineage through his Midwestern identity. Aside from the works on view, the exhibition also consist of live performance during which the artist is present in his exhibition on Saturdays from 1-3 PM on January 24, 31, February 7, 14 and on Friday January 30, 6-8 PM.

Opening Reception: February 6, 6-8 PM

Gregory Hatch, Quilting as You Go, 2015

Gregory Hatch, Quilting as You Go, 2015

Jenny Holzer

August 15 – January 18, 2015

Kennedy Museum of Art, 2nd Floor
This exhibition showcases Jenny Holzer’s suite of eight posters from Truisms series from the museum’s permanent collection. Inspired by Western and Eastern texts of culture, literature and philosophy these works speak to universal truths on themes such as love, violence, and power.

Jenny Holzer, Truisms, 1977-1979

Jenny Holzer, Truisms, 1977-1979

Women III

September 5, 2014 – January 18, 2015

Third and final iteration of the Women themed exhibition series focuses on work that was made in conjunction with third wave feminism - interrogating media images with marginalized identities to demonstrate ideological constructions. Featuring artist from Kennedy Museum of Art collection and two installations by Ohio University alumni, artist Kim Abeles and an artist group The Bridge Club.
Curated by Jennie Klein, Ph.D., Associate Professor, School of Art+Design, Ohio University.
Exhibition Reception: September 19, 6-8 PM
Noon Talk: November 19, 12:10-12:50 PM

Hyeyoung Shin, Forrest II, 2012

Hyeyoung Shin, Forrest II, 2012

Kim Abeles

September 19, 2014 — January 18, 2015

Kim Abeles, a Los Angeles–based social practice artist creates large-scale community projects with focus on environmental issues. Her work includes the subjects of urban environment, feminism, aging, HIV/AIDS, labor, domestic violence, and collective memory. The exhibition frugalworld demonstrates the effects of human waste and consumption on the environment.
Exhibition Reception: September 19, 6-8 PM

Kim Abeles, Paper Person, 2009

Kim Abeles, Paper Person, 2009

Jaimie Warren
ERMAHGERD (part 2)

September 12 – December 21, 2014

New York based contemporary artist Jaimie Warren will exhibit her photographs. Often compared to Cindy Sherman, Warren investigates the modern female identity within popular culture fragmented by internet viral memes.
Noon Talk: September 18, 12:10 – 12:50 PM
Exhibition Reception: September 19, 6-8 PM

Meet the artist!

Jaimie Warren, Self-portrait as Kali Conner, 2012

Jaimie Warren, Self-portrait as Kali Conner, 2012

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 presents 546 posters with selected proverbs from the African continent that reflect on education and learning. Also, presented are a series of posters and maps with social justice themed quotes by civil rights activists Rosa Louise Parks and Martin Luther King Jr.

Own an original letterpress poster by Amos Paul Kennedy Jr. Save-the-date for Thursday, December 4, 2014, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM for Cash and Carry event. The artist will sign and sell posters directly from the Kennedy Museum of Art walls. Posters will be sold out first come first serve basis for $20 a piece.

Artist gallery talk: September 19, 5-6 PM
Exhibition Reception: September 19, 6-8 PM
Meet the artist!

Amos Paul Kennedy Jr., No, 2013

Amos Paul Kennedy Jr., No 2013

Clarence H. White
Pictorial Images of Women

August 22 – December 14, 2014

Kennedy Museum of Art, 2nd Floor
Contemplative photographs by Clarence Hudson White depicting the life of middle class American women and their children in the early 20th century. Combined with a selection of works by his son Clarence H. White, Jr., this exhibition celebrates two highly talented photographers and educators.
Curated by Jody Lamb, Ph.D., Associate Dean of College of Fine Arts, Ohio University.
Noon Talk: November 19, 12:10-12:50 PM

Clarence H. White, A Woman, 1916

Clarence H. White, A Woman, 1916

Museum Studies Exhibition

April 4 – September 7, 2014

Two Museum Studies Exhibitions, titled Constructing Perspectives and Excessive, are featured in the Museum’s west galleries. Each exhibition was developed by one of two cohorts comprised of Ohio University students enrolled in Museum Fundamentals II, which is a practicum course offering students the opportunity to engage in museum practices. Constructing Perspectives seeks to consider whether boundaries are flexible or impermeable, and to what extent they are negotiated. Excessive explores the relationship between the indulgent fulfillment of perceived needs and the potential detrimental outcomes.

Chris Burden
Atomic Alphabet
1980, Photo etching, soft ground etching and handcoloring

Burhan Doğançay
Green Door MiG
1993, Acrylic

The Arts of Africa

March 7 – June 1, 2014

This exhibition presents 11 masks from West and Central Africa from Kennedy Museum of Art collection and is organized in conjunction with ayearlong celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Ohio University African Studies Program.

Yaka Mask with Male Figure, Yaka People, Collection Kennedy Museum of Art

Emerging Artists: High School Photography Exhibition

March 20 – May 28, 2014

Kennedy Museum of Art, 2nd Floor

A juried exhibit of photographs by students from Lancaster High School instructed by Shannon Fish and Alex Kaparos.

Rust in Life - Paige Stover - 2013 - digital photograph
Paige Stover
Rust in Life,
2013, digital photograph

Improvisations: Jazz Photographs by Herman Leonard

January 17 – May 4, 2014

From the Kennedy Museum of Art permanent collection, this exhibition features American photographer Herman Leonard. The 1947 Ohio University graduate is known for his unique images of jazz icons such as Miles Davis, James Moody, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan and Chet Baker.

Herman Leonard
Billie Holiday - NY, 1949 – 1949
Gelatin silver print

Honey for the Heart

Through May 2014

A selection of puppet heads from the Honey for the Heart annual collaborative project in Athens, Ohio. Sponsored by Ohio University's Learning Community Programs and Arts for Ohio, this project invites Ohio University and Athens community to make larger-than-life puppets from recycled materials. The 2013 artists in residence were Robert Lockheed, Wendy Minor Viny, Patty Mitchell, and Daniel Polnau.

Honey for the Heart, 2013
Parade photo documentation

2014 Ohio University School of Art + Design Faculty Exhibition

January 17 – March 16, 2014

This biennial exhibition presents original artwork by School of Art + Design faculty from a wide range of mediums including graphic design, painting, sculpture, prints, photography, drawing, ceramics, video, and installation art.

Faculty Noon Talks will be held at Kennedy Museum of Art on January 23 and 30, February 6 and 20, and March 13.

John Sabraw
Cadiz, 2013
Oil on Canvas

Confrontation : Deviation

January 17 – March 2, 2014

Featuring works by 12 undergraduate students completed in an advanced painting course under the leadership of John Sabraw, the School of Art + Design Associate Professor of Painting + Drawing. Working through the expanded notion of painting and drawing, the media ranges from traditional painting methods to mixed media, digital projection and installation. The individual works concentrate on principles of identity, sexuality, authenticity as well as the inevitable.

Isabel Castillo
Entwined, 2013
Oil on Muslin

Navajo Saddle Blankets from the Edwin L. and Ruth E. Kennedy Southwest Native American Collection

August 23 – February 23, 2014

Navajo weaving has a long and rich history that has produced objects ranging from wearing blankets to floor rugs to wall hangings. Saddle blankets are unique in this history in that they have been continuously produced as utilitarian objects. The Navajo saddle blankets in the Museum’s collection include rare examples of Germantown Sunday Saddle Blankets from the late 1800s and early 1900s, woven with yarns from the woolen mills of Germantown, Pennsylvania, which circulated in the Southwest during the latter part of the 19th century.

Prints from the Permanent Collection Selected by Donald Roberts

September 6 – January 5, 2014

To trace the development of Kennedy Museum of Art’s print collection, Donald Roberts, Professor Emeritus of Art, was invited to select prints he feels best highlight the collection. Robert’s first hand account as an artist, educator, and facilitator will allow the viewer to not only understand the foundation of the collection but also will reflect on the history of the medium itself. Artists included are for example Michael Rothenstein, Josef Albers, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Christo, David Hockney, Jennifer Bartlett, Sol Lewitt, and Yvonne Jacquette.

The Trisolini Print Project

September 6 – January 12, 2014

Designed to complement Prints from the Permanent Collection Selected by Donald Roberts, this exhibition features a selection of works from The Trisoloni Print Project and include artists Michael Singer, Robert Stackhouse, Bruce Nauman, Harvey Daniels, Andrew Leicester, Richard Artschwager, John Willenbecher, Donald Harvey, and Richard Fleishner.

A Space in Time: Works by Donald Roberts

September 20 – January 5, 2014

This exhibition features two bodies of work by artist and Ohio University emeritus professor of art, Donald Roberts. One section showcases selected paintings, drawings and sculpture representing an earlier period when the artist explored perspective and hardedge geometric forms. A larger selection highlights more recent paintings and drawings. Organic form, color and ambiguous space are “pushed and pulled” to experimental and expressive limits. Roberts’ works reveals his strong relationship with nature and admiration for artists including, but not limited to, Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866– 1944), Arshile Gorky (American, 1904–1948) and Michael Singer (American, 1942 – Present).

FANTASTIC! The Comic Art of Sandy Plunkett banner

FANTASTIC! The Comic Art of Sandy Plunkett

January 25 – June 2, 2013
Reception: January 25, 6 – 8 pm

Featuring some 50 works, the exhibition traces Sandy Plunkett’s career from his early days within the industry to more recent commercial and independent works that display his highly fluid, often romantic stylization.
Guest Curator: Dave Filipi, Wexner Center for the Arts, Director of Film/Video

Download the exhibition brochure.

FANTASTIC! The Comic Art of Sandy Plunkett
Related Events

Guest Curator Walk & Talk
January 25, 5 – 6pm

Opening reception
January 25, 6 – 8pm

“Black Comic Book Superheroes”
Lecture by Michael Gillespie, Assistant Professor in School of Interdisciplinary Arts, School of Film, and Department of African American Studies at Ohio University
Thursday, February 21, 6 – 7 pm, KMA

Noon Talk: Gallery Q & A with Sandy Plunkett
Wednesday, March 13, 12:10 – 12:50 pm, KMA

$45/workshop (includes materials)
Teens and Adults
Free for OU students with pre-registration funded by Arts for Ohio

1. Rendering for Comics
Saturday, March 16, 1 – 3 pm
Introduction to traditional methods of rendering for comic strips and comic books using India ink. Tools will include dip pen nibs, markers and brush with attention paid to rendering for good reproduction.
Registration deadline: March 8

2. Comic Page Layouts
Saturday, April 13, 1 – 3 pm
Translate a story idea into a comic. This workshop looks at the basics such as perspective and composition, and how to use them for clarity and dramatic effect. Participants are encouraged to bring samples of their work for critique.
Registration deadline: March 29

Maximum 15 students per workshop. Priority registration will be given to OU students. Workshops take place at Kennedy Museum of Art, located on The Ridges in Athens, Ohio.

For more information call 740.593.0953 or email


February 8 – August 25, 2013

This exhibition features work that explores and investigates the possibilities for the figurative form in ceramics and sculpture from the Kennedy Museum of Art Permanent Collections.


Recent Acquisitions

February 8 – August 25, 2013

New works obtained by Kennedy Museum of Art from International Academy of Ceramics.


Reflections: Works by Will Barnet

February 15 – August 18, 2013

This exhibition features a selection of Will Barnet's two-dimensional works on paper and canvas, created between 1971 and 1998. Motivated by Barnet's interest in American Romantic literature and inspired by strong family ties, the figurative pieces imply private and recluse moments.


George Segal: Blue Jean Series

March 15 – August 11, 2013

While the late American artist George Segal is best known for his life-size plaster sculptures, he also worked in other media such as painting, photograph, drawing and printmaking. This exhibition features a selection of prints from the "Blue Jean Series" created in 1975.

George Segal, Girl in Blue Jeans: Back View, 1975. Etching

Navajo Germantown Samplers

August 25 – March 10, 2013

Small-scale weaving samplers from the Edwin L. and Ruth E. Kennedy Southwest Native American Collection, which incorporate multiple design styles in a singular weaving.

Germantown Sampler on a Loom

Unknown Weaver
Germantown Sampler on a Loom, c. 1895
Wool, cotton
Collection Kennedy Museum of Art
Gift Edwin L. and Ruth E. Kennedy

Multi-pattern Navajo Weavings

October 5 – February 3, 2013

Large-scale weavings, from the Edwin L. and Ruth E. Kennedy Southwest Native American Collection, which incorporate multiple design styles in a singular weaving.


Women Artists

September 21 – January 27, 2013
Reception: September 21, 6 — 8 pm

Exhibition will showcase artwork from the Kennedy Museum of Art Collections made by women after 1970s. Works will include artists such as Nancy Graves, Alice Aycock, Nancy Holt, and Jennifer Bartlett. Curated by Jennie Klein, Ph.D., School of Art Associate Professor

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Susan Rothenberg, Pinks (2), 1980, Woodcut and monotype

Susan Rothenberg (b. 1945)
Pinks (2) (from Pinks Series of 2), 1980
Woodcut and monotype
Collection Kennedy Museum of Art
Purchased with the aid of funds from the NEA

Contemplative Cameras

September 7, 2012 – January 13, 2013

Bringing together the work of three artists from the Kennedy Museum of Art Permanent Collections, Kenji Kawano, A.J Meek, and Frederick Schreiber, this exhibition features black and white photography inspired by the artists’ observations and experiences, as well as their need to call attention to notions of visibility—whether those be through an analysis of the world around us, or capturing those who have been forgotten.

A. J. Meek, Mr. Wilron Pryor with Cat, 1984, Gelatin silver print

A. J. Meek (b. 1941)
Mr. Wilron Pryor with Cat, Rosedale, LA, 1984
Gelatin silver print
Collection Kennedy Museum of Art
Gift of the artist

Teec Nos Pos: Navajo Weavings from Kennedy Museum of Art Collection

May 4 – September 28, 2012

This exhibition highlights the bold geometric design of Teec Nos Pos weavings from the Museum's collection. Teec Nos Pos, a Navajo community in northeastern Arizona, means "Ring of Cottonwood Trees."

Unknown Weaver
Germantown Outline Rug
c. 1930-40
Collection Kennedy Museum of Art

Butterflies in Our Midst

April 27 – September 9, 2012

Opening Reception: April 27, 6 – 8 PM

A family-friendly exhibition that features diverse collections showcasing butterflies, ranging from collections of Kennedy Museum of Art and Huntington Museum of Art, to specimens from Ohio University's Zoology Museum, and butterfly-inspired artwork of over eighty community artists. Butterfly imagery is to be found in jewelry, weaving, prints, photography, painting, ceramics, and collages.Visitors are invited to make an origami butterfly and either take it home or leave it to be included in an ongoing collaborative installation in the gallery. During the opening reception, origami artists Anne Roberts and Monica Salisbury will present butterfly origami folding techniques.

'Butterflies' by Alexander Calder (1974)

Alexander Calder, Two Butterflies, 1974
Collection Kennedy Museum of Art

Exhibition Events

Blooms & Butterflies
March 10 – September 3, 2012
Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Garden
Columbus, Ohio

Wings: Butterfly Origami and Specimen
May 1 – June 29, 2012
Athens Public Library, Athens, Ohio


Beautiful Butterflies and Botanicals
Selections from the Mahn Center for Archives and Special Collections
April 15 – August 31, 2012
Alden Library, 5th floor, Robert E. and Jean R. Mahn Center for Archives and Special Collections, Ohio University

Butterflies by Athens High School Students
April 27 – September 9, 2012
The Tower Lounge, Kennedy Museum of Art, The Ridges

Women Artists in the Kennedy Museum of Art Collections - Part I

December 16, 2011 – August 5, 2012

The three-part exhibition Women Artists in the KMA Collection will highlight paintings, prints, and 3-D work made by women artists in the 20th century. Part I will explore the work of women artists who began their career prior to the feminist movement in art in the 1970s. The work included in Part I is for the most part abstract and in the form of paintings, drawings and prints. This exhibition will place these artists within the larger art world context in which they worked, exploring the relationship between gender, art making, and abstraction.

'Lunar Circuit 1' by Helen Gerardia

Helen Gerardia, Lunar Circuit 1
Collection Kennedy Museum of Art

Sha Sha Higby: Costumes and Drawings

April 20 – August 12, 2012 — NOW OPEN
Opening Reception: April 26, 8 – 9:30 PM

This exhibition presents sculptural costumes and drawings by international performance/sculptural artist, Sha Sha Higby, who is known for her evocative and haunting performances using the exquisite and ephemeral body sculpture she meticulously creates herself and moves within. Elaborate sculptural costume, dance, and puppetry explore magic and emotion, creating an atmospheric world within the borders between death and life. (see event flier)

Sha Sha Higby, Glass Cloud
Mixed media performance costume

Ceramics from the Frederick & Kazuko Harris Library Collection

April 27 – August 26, 2012
Opening Reception: April 27, 6 – 8 PM

This exhibition features a selection of ceramic vessels and sculptural works from the Ohio University Alden Library Frederick & Kazuko Harris Collection. The collection, named for the donor and artist who compiled it, is composed of fine arts books, master watercolors, ink drawings and personal sketchbooks, and also includes artwork Dr. Harris assembled by other artists in a range of media, from delicate rare ceramics to works on paper.

Plate, Late Edo Period, Stoneware
Frederick & Kazuko Harris Library Collection
Ohio University

Selected Navajo Pictorial Weavings from the Edwin L. and Ruth E. Kennedy Southwest Native American Collection

April 27 – August 26, 2012
Opening Reception: April 27, 6 – 8 PM

This exhibition presents a small selection of Navajo pictorial weavings from the Museum's collection and provides a glimpse into the development of this style of weaving.

Laura Nez, Pictorial Wall Hanging, Navajo, c. 1990
Collection Kennedy Museum of Art

2012 Ohio University School of Art Faculty Exhibition

December 16, 2011 - April 15, 2012

Reception January 6, 2012, 6 – 8 PM

During this special year of celebrating the 75th College of Fine Arts anniversary, the biennial Ohio University School of Art Faculty Exhibition features works by School of Art teaching, Emeriti and retired faculty. The presented artwork mediums range from painting, sculpture, ceramics, prints, and photography to graphic design, drawing, and new media like video and installation art.

'Mexico/Sun Suite: 2 Boats' by Karen Nulf (2006)

Karen Nulf, Mexico/Sun Suite: 2 Boats, 2006

Recent Acquisitions

November 18, 2011 - April 8, 2012

This exhibition highlights works recently purchased by Kennedy Museum of Art or donated by private collectors over the last three years. These works were accessioned into the collection for their uniqueness, intrinsic beauty and profoundly expressive qualities. Fourteen artists are represented through prints, photographs and ceramics, and include Harvey Breverman, Sidney Chafetz, Josh Copus, Stephen Houseknecht, Matthew Hyleck, James Laker, Lindsay Oesterritter, Allegra Marquart, Chunwoo Nam, Charles Roth, Hyeyoung Shin, Brenda Stynes, Evan Summer, SunKoo Yuh.

'Untitled' by Charles Roth (1974)

Charles Roth, Untitled, 1974
Collection Kennedy Museum of Art

Emerging Artists: High School Photography Exhibition

January 19 – April 8, 2012

Opening Reception Thursday, January 19
5 – 7 PM

Featuring photographs by students from Athens High School, instructed by Martie Rector, and Federal Hocking High School, instructed by Sonja Coble and Ellen Hadley.

Two photographs from the exhibition

Callie Blazier, Untitled, 2011, Athens High School (left)
Sarah Keirns, Peek-a-boo, 2011, Federal Hocking high School (right)

Photographic Images: A Local to Global Perspective on Critical Issues Affecting Our Planet and its People

July 22 through December 22, 2011

Organized by the Global Issues Resource Center at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, this exhibition features images of conflict zones where peace building initiatives are being developed and supported by the Center, and is on display in collaboration with the 2011 Global Institute Conference at Ohio University August 2 - 4, 2011.

Global Issues

Antigua, Guatemala
(photo by Jennifer Combs Batton)

Jim Dine: Sculptures and Large Prints

July 8 - November 27, 2011

Opening Reception: July 7, 2011

Jim Dine: Sculptures and Lare Prints Kennedy Museum of Art has the privilege of showing the work of internationally recognized pop artist and Ohio native, Jim Dine. The exhibition, which is Dine's first in Athens since his 1957 graduation from Ohio University, is a celebration kick-off event of the 75th anniversary of the College of Fine Arts. Mr. Dine's work has been prominently displayed in venues spanning the globe including Tokyo, New York, and Paris. The exhibition, originated at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids (MI), will include 12 sculptures and 20 prints that explore Dine's celebrated themes of the Venus, the hearts, the tools, and most recently, Pinocchio. A public talk with Jim Dine and Meijer Gardens curator, Joseph Becherer, will be held November 3, 2011 at Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. Patrons will have the opportunity to purchase a full color catalogue of Jim Dine's sculptural work during the exhibition.

Step behind the scene of the installation process with this ohiotoday video feature: Mordern at Heart.


Crooksville Exempted Village Schools Art Auction Exhibition

August 19 through November 7, 2011

In collaboration with The Patton College of Education and Human Services, this exhibition features artwork from students in grades K – 12 in the Crooksville Exempted Village Schools. An auction will be held on November 7th.

Elementary Art Auction

Buttress, by DeWitt Godfrey Outdoor Installation

May 2010 - September 2011

Initially trained as an architect, artist DeWitt Godfrey explores the space between seriality and singularity, tension and dependence through a site-specific installation titled Buttress for Kennedy Museum of Art. The work is comprised of arranged tubes, made of Core-ten steel and bolts. This outdoor installation will be on view for one year.

Watch the installation of Buttress

Watch an interview with the artist


About the Artist

Lloyd Moore: Without Pretense

April 8 - August 14, 2011

Opening Reception: Friday April 8th, 6 - 8 pm

Lloyd Moore: Without Pretense is a tribute exhibition to the life and creativity of the late artist Lloyd Moore (1931 – 2010). This exhibition highlights themes Moore depicted in his photographs, including works from his living room and jail series, obituary collages, and portraits of people from Lawrence County, Ohio.

Brown Bag Chat: Rajko Grli, May 11th

Purchase the book Face to Face by LLoyd Moore



Phantoms, Shadows and Phenomena

January 28 - June 19, 2011

Opening Reception: January 28, 2011,

6 - 8 PM

Works by artists Corinne Botz, Mat Collishaw, Agnès Geoffray, Laura Larson, Hirsch Perlman, Adam Putnam, Dana Sherwood and Victor Vázquez present a world of reality that is questioned, performed and at times embellished.

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Wedding to the Mountains by Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens.

January 14, 2010 - April 3, 2011

Artists Annie Sprinkle and Elizabeth Stephens vowed to inspire deeper devotion to the Appalachian Mountains during their environment-based wedding performance held at Ohio University in November 2010. This installation showcases the wedding documentation and ceremonial objects designed and used by the artists during that symbolic ceremony.

Watch a video of the Purple Wedding performed at Ohio University



Beyond First Impressions,

Prints by Harvey Breverman

July 9, 2010 – January 16, 2011

A selection of works from the Museum permanent collection by Harvey Breverman, Ohio University Alumnus (1960), calls attention to Breverman’s mastery of the printmaking medium. Using a wide range of techniques such as lithography, woodcut, intaglio, silkscreen and engraving, Breverman captures personalities of artists (Jim Dine), poets (Allen Ginsberg), writers (Samuel Beckett) and literary critics (Dwight Macdonald). This exhibition will connect the artwork as well as the collection of the artist’s papers, personal letters and publications.

Artist gallery talk: September 30, 5 – 6 PM
Closing reception: September 30, 6 – 8 PM


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Asylum: Inside the Closed World of State Mental Hospitals

Photography exhibition by Chris Payne

August 27, 2010 – December 30, 2010

This photographic exhibition presents images of abandoned buildings of state mental hospitals built during the 19th century across the United States. Over a period of six years, photographer Chris Payne visited over seventy institutions in thirty states, including the Athens, Ohio State Hospital, creating a haunting yet exquisite visual documentary of the architectural decay and the people who once occupied these buildings.

Visiting Artist Gallery Talk:

October 21st, 2010 6 - 7 pm

Location: Ridges Auditorium, directly across from Kennedy Museum of Art

Reception: October 21st, 2010 7 - 8 pm
Location: Kennedy Museum of Art


Sky Imagery in Selected Sandpainting Weavings from the Edwin L. and Ruth E. Kennedy Southwest Native American Collection


January 26 – July 25, 2010

Perhaps the most unique feature of the Kennedy collection is the series of Navajo sandpainting textiles that Edwin Kennedy commissioned with the assistance of Red Rock Trading Post owners Troy and Edith Kennedy over nearly four decades. These weavings reflect sandpainting designs used in six traditional ceremonial healing practices: Beautyway, Waterway, Bead Chant, Great Star Chant, Hailway, and Coyoteway. It is, by all accounts, the largest single collection of sandpainting textiles in existence.


Circle of Cottonwoods: Selected Teec Nos Pos Weavings from the Edwin L. and Ruth E. Kennedy Southwest Native American Collection

January 26- July 25, 2010

Many regional styles came out of the trading post system, but the Teec Nos Pos style (from the Teec Nos Pos canyon region in the Four Corners area of the American Southwest) is one of the most recognizable in its visual complexity and unique motif characteristics. Characterized by symmetrical and elaborate central designs surrounded by complex borders, the Classic Period of this style (1925 – 1945) produced many large weavings that were popular as floor coverings for homes in the northeastern part of the United States.

The Ridges: Remodeled and Restored,


Selection of Architectural Drawings from 1923 – 1951
April 9 – August 15, 2010

This exhibition features 18 architectural drawings that archive the preservation and maintenance of the Ridges buildings, known as the Athens State Hospital. These highly detailed, hand-drafted plans are documentations of the architectural and engineering design methods used in the first half of the 20th century. Borrowed from the Ohio University planning office, the various technical drawings reveal the intricate craftsmanship, attention to detail and the meticulous process of renovation planning. Specifically, the blueprints in this exhibition depict the improvements to the tuberculosis cottage and infirmary, remodeling of the men’s and women’s ward, exterior painting and repairs of entrance porch of the main administration buildings.



Cultural Order/

Natural Chaos

Sculptures and Drawings by SunKoo Yuh

April 9 – June 13, 2010

SunKoo Yuh’s multi-layered ceramic sculptures and ink drawings reflect his Korean roots, the Western influence and the mixed cultural impact created by both of these experiences. Whimsical, and sometimes serious, the works depict his intimate encounters with the everyday and concerns about our collective culture. SunKoo’s towering hand-built and slip cast sculptures are presented with his drawings to illustrate the artist’s skill and varying techniques.




April 16 – May 23, 2010

The wearable art on display was created by women artists in the Athens area as part of the HerART Wearable Fashion Show to promote awareness of women's heart health.



DAVID HARP, Living on the Edge: Man, Nature and Chesapeake Bay


February 5 – April 11, 2010
Lecture: February 16, 2010 6 pm, Kennedy Museum of Art

Harp has dedicated a large part of his working life to photographing the people, animals and landscapes of Chesapeake Bay.  The work illustrates the Bay's opposing opportunities, its joy and struggle, through images of the people, animals and landscape in the watershed.

Pascual Sisto: Right on Time
February 26- March 12
Opening Reception: Feb. 26, 6-8pm

Artist workshop: February 25 9:10 -12:00 and 1:10- 3:00

Workshop with Pascual Sisto on Green Screen and Post production techniques in video and film at the Aesthetic Technologies Lab with undergraduate and graduate students.


2010 Ohio University School of Art Faculty Exhibition

January 8- March 21, 2010
Opening reception: Friday, January 8, 6-8PM

This biennial exhibition of original works by Ohio University School of Art Faculty presents artwork from a wide range of mediums including painting, sculpture, prints, photography, graphic design, drawing, and new media like video and installation art.

The Necessary Friction of the Machine by Dan Price

October 27, 2009 –January 24, 2010

This exhibition was originally installed in Edwin Gallery, Hamtramck, Michigan where Dan Price worked with a group of unemployed, union‐affiliated autoworkers from Detroit and the surrounding area. The sculptural work was created over the course of the exhibition.  The installation points to the dignity of shared labor and highlights the problematic nature of the labor/management relationship.

Collections Collected: The University Collects and Athens Collects Miniatures A Project by Mark Dion with Kennedy Museum of Art

September 24 – November 29, 2009

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 24, 6 – 8 PM
This collaborative project between Kennedy Museum of Art and Ohio University School of Art displays collections of objects from selected Ohio University departmental collections and collections of miniatures and small objects from the Athens community in unusual ways that inspire new views of familiar, and not so familiar, objects.

Art of the Zuni Abridged Exhibition

Through January 10, 2010

This abridged exhibition draws from the larger exhibition “Art of the Zuni” which displayed examples from the full range of twentieth century Zuni jewelry making and stone carving. Old Masters, Modern Masters, and their descendants are represented, emphasizing the continuity of important cultural practices. The exhibit is drawn from the over 600 Zuni jewelry items that museum namesake Edwin Kennedy began collecting in 1954.

Recent Acquisitions

July 10 through October 18, 2009

Visitors have an opportunity to view the newest pieces in the Museum’s collection, including ceramics, Native American pottery, paintings and photographs.

Scapes: From Landscape to Innerscape

July 2, 2009 – September 6, 2009

Jazz Greats Photographed by Herman Leonard (from the Collections)

June 2, 2009 – Sept 19, 2009

Blues in Black and White

April 17, 2009 – June 14, 2009

Experience the Arts

November 14, 2008 - June 21, 2009

First-year Fine Arts majors interpret works from the Museum's collections.

Interiors, Exteriors and All Around: The Panoramic Photographs of Thomas R. Schiff

October 17, 2008 – January 18, 2009

Opening Reception: Friday, October 17, 2008 6 – 8 pm

Art of the Zuni

September 14, 2007 - December 7, 2008

Presented by the Kennedy Museum of Art

Gallery 66: Selling the Southwest

Through October 19, 2008

Curated by Cara Romano, Rachael Crouch, and Emily Cranz Richards, who all are completing their masters in Art History at Ohio University.

Politics and Portraits: The Art of Murray P. Stern

July 18 – September 28, 2008

Opening Reception: July 18, 2008

Portfolios & Suites from the Print Collection

April 8 - June 29, 2008

Opening Reception: April 11, 2008

Ohio University School of Art Faculty Exhibition

January 18, 2008 - March 16, 2008

Opening Reception: Friday January 18, 2008 ~ 6:00pm - 8:00pm


Universal art by John Sabraw & the aspect collective

May 5 - December 16, 2007

Presented by the Kennedy Museum of Art & the Aesthetic Technologies Lab at Ohio University

Weaving is Life Education Galleries

March 12, 2005 - ongoing

Weaving is Life: Navajo Weavings from the Kennedy Southwest Native American Collection

March 12,2005 - May 7, 2007

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James Karales: Truth in Looking

March 31, 2006 - March 18, 2007

Navajo Basketry and Beadwork: Traditions and Innovations

July 20, 2006 - March 17, 2007

Selections from the Print Collection

August 22, 2006 - December 17, 2006

James Karales: Photojournalist

March 31 2006 - July 30, 2006

Voices and Views

March 16, 2006 - May 21, 2006

Talking Back: Art 439/539

January 16, 2006 - May 28, 2006


January 13, 2006 - March 26, 2006

The Bragro Experience: Seating with Honour to Motherhood

April 15, 2005 - March 26, 2006

Ohio University School of Art Faculty Exhibition

January 7, 2006 - March 12, 2006

News Release

The Twenty-First Century Odyssey

September 15, 2005 - December 18, 2005

Le Boudoir Fantastique

March 12, 2005 - September 2005

Selections from the Harmon Collection

May 3, 2005 - Aug. 7, 2005

The Trisolini Print Project

January 18- April 17, 2005

Timeless Textiles: Traditional Pueblo Arts 1840 - 1940

September 11-December 19, 2004

Robert Rauschenberg: Scent and Pull

September 11, 2004 –Mid February 2005

Lesley Dill

March 9, 2004 - March 20, 2005

The Star Gallery

May 2002 - December 19, 2004

Lesley Dill: “Poem Wedding Dress”

March 9, 2004 - December 19, 2004

Mixed Messages: Rethinking Postcard Representations

March 11, 2004 - June 3, 2004

The Night Sky

End Date: June 13, 2004

Gregory Barsamian: Time and Tribulations

April 16–June 13, 2004

Feature Story/Artist Interview

Frederick Harris: Traveling with a Brush in Vietnam

April 16, 2004- June 13, 2004

News Release

School of Art Faculty Exhibition 2004

January 2004 - March 14, 2004

"Appalachians: A Contemporary Cultural Perspective"

August 26, 2003 - December 23, 2003

News Release / Events / Video

"The Love Room: Love in the 21st Century"

March 31, 2003 - November 20, 2003

News Release

"From the Background to the Foreground: The Photo Backdrop and Cultural Expression"

May 27, 2003- August 3, 2003

News Release

"Face to Face: The Photography of Lloyd Moore"

April 8, 2003 - May 18, 2003

News Release

"People of Color: A Multicultural Role in History"

February 1, 2003 - March 31, 2003

News Release

"Three Series of Prints by Jacob Lawrence"

February 1, 2003 - March 31, 2003

News Release

"CAUTION: Gender Under Construction"

End Date: December 29, 2002

"Contemporary Trade Blankets"

December 10, 2002 - January 19, 2003

"Multiple Impressions: Native American Artists and the Print"

September 10, 2002 - December 1, 2002

News Release / Visit Gallery

"Warriors: The Navajo Code Talkers"

September 3, 2002 - November 24, 2002

News Release / Visit Gallery

"Athens Collects"

May 4, 2002 - August 18, 2002

Visit Gallery

"Ohio University School of Art Faculty Exhibition: 2002"

February 16, 2002 - April 14, 2002

"Birds in Art"

December 8, 2001 - February 3, 2002

"Small Bronzes by Harriet Whitney Frishmuth (1880-1980)"

September 8, 2001 - November 11, 2001

"Prints from the Breverman, Anderson, and Gaier Collections"

September 8, 2001 - November 25, 2001

Visit Gallery

"Poetic Reflections on Navajo Art in the Modern World"

June 6 - December 30, 2001

"Dueling Visions: Perspectives of Native America"

June 5, 2001 - December 30, 2001

"Hosteen Klah. Nadle Hatali"

February 17, 2001 - April 29, 2001

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