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Jim Dine Press Release

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ATHENS, Ohio. In the upcoming exhibition Jim Dine: Sculpture and Large Prints, Kennedy Museum of Art has the privilege of showing the work of internationally recognized artist and Ohio native, Jim Dine. .


Kennedy Museum of Art Receives Subsidized Survey Award From the Intermuseum Conservation Association



Photographer showcases historic state mental hospitals in 'Asylum'

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Kennedy Museum of Art provides a stunning glimpse of America’s past history of mental hospitals in the exhibition, “Asylum: Inside the Closed World of State Mental Hospitals,” by photographer Christopher Payne on display now through Jan. 2. . .


Kennedy Museum of Art shares weavings across continents

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A portion of the museum’s collection of Navajo weavings will be exhibited in Guatemala, Bolivia
Aug 4, 2010
Catherine Roebuck

More than twenty examples of Native American weaving from Kennedy Museum of Art’s collection will soon be traveling across continents, to South America. It is part of "Tradition and Practice," a traveling exhibition sponsored by the U.S. embassies in Guatemala and Bolivia through the Visual Arts Initiative (VAI), a part of the Cultural Programs Division of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. . . .



Mark Dion: Treasure Hunting in Athens and at Ohio University

ATHENS, OH. August 25, 2009.

Kennedy Museum of Art at Ohio University is excited to welcome internationally-known artist Mark Dion, who will shine his spotlight on the collections of both Ohio University and Athens community members this fall. Kennedy Museum will collaborate with the Ohio University School of Art in Dion’s two gallery exhibitions. Kennedy Museum of Art will present Collections Collected: The University Collects and Athens Collects Miniatures from September 24 to November 29, 2009. Mark Dion: Collected Editions 1992-2009 will show limited edition prints and multiples created by Dion between the years 1992 and 2009 in the University’s Trisolini Gallery from September 18 to November 14, 2009. Dion, an installation artist, examines the ways in which dominant ideologies and public institutions shape our understanding of history, knowledge, and the natural world. He has received numerous national awards and has had major exhibitions at the Miami Art Museum (2006), Museum of Modern Art, New York (2004), and Tate Gallery, London (1999) among others. 

A full plate of related activities will complement the two exhibitions both at Kennedy Museum and the OU School of Art. The public is invited to opening receptions with the artist at Trisolini Gallery in Baker University Center on Friday, September 18th from 7 – 9 and at Kennedy Museum of Art on Thursday, September 24th from 6 – 8 pm. Brown Bag Lunch sessions at noontime on October 7th and November 4th at Kennedy Museum of Art will allow the public to meet with local collectors whose miniatures collections will be a part of the exhibition. School children from the region will have a rare opportunity to see Dion in action during the installation of the exhibition when they visit Kennedy Museum for an arts program that is partially funded by Ohio Arts Council’s Arts Partnership grant. Custom postcards and a field guide to the university’s collections will be available for sale.

A Mark Dion gallery space is unique because of the way Dion brings together objects from a community and displays them in a manner that is visually stimulating and productive. In preparation for the exhibition at Kennedy Museum of Art, Dion made several visits to Athens to view the University’s departmental collections. The paleobotanical collection was one of the many places Dion visited in his April, 2009 trip to Athens. Royal Mapes, PhD., who overseas the university’s paleobotanical collection was enthusiastic about the visit, saying that Dion was interested in such things as mineral specimens, fossil specimens, and even an old miner’s hat. Mapes is looking forward to seeing what Dion does with the exhibition, saying he knows [Dion] will put the collected objects “in a format to excite people’s interest and make them ask questions.”

Dion visited many other departmental collections, including the Medical Museum, the anthropology and geology departments, the College of Engineering, and the athletics and aviations collections. When asked about his collection process and why he chooses to display some objects and not others, Dion replied that his goal is to find visually compelling objects that represent aspects of the University and its researchers. He likens his process to “treasure hunting,” explaining that he looks for things that are unique to a particular collection, but that also may represent the direction of that collection. Dion is especially enthusiastic about bringing people together from the community and revealing treasures from the collections he visited to a broader public.

Dion sees many treasures within a community and he sees his exhibitions as an “interesting way to reveal what’s out there” and share the privilege of exploration that he has had. He asserts that the exhibitions at Kennedy Museum of Art and Trisolini Gallery will be a broad cross section of objects, with two dimensional and three dimensional works collected from the University, Dion’s own works, as well as the miniature collections that are gathered from amateur collectors around the community.

Funding is provided by Arts for Ohio, Ohio University College of Fine Arts and the Ohio University College of Arts and Sciences. Additional funding was provided by the Ohio Arts Council with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

Kennedy Museum of Art hours are Tuesday through Friday, 12 pm to 5 pm, Thursday from 12 pm to 8 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 1 pm to 5 pm. The Museum is closed on Mondays and holidays. Parking and admission are free. Please call 750-593-1304 for more information.

Trisolini Gallery is located at Ohio University at 405 Baker University Center. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm and Thursdays from 10 am to 8 pm. For more information, please call 740-593-1814 or visit