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.|
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.
|Museum Director Kent Ahrens and a bird in flight at an exhibition by ATCO, Athens County's sheltered workshop, and the Ohio Arts Council.|
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.
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.
||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.|
Coinciding with changing exhibitions, the museum staff offers free
Saturday morning workshops and
gallery tours for area schoolchildren.