Kent and Kent State University have a rich art legacy. Although we have terrific galleries that are located on Main Street, they are anything but main stream.
Art runs deep in Kent’s DNA; both formally – with art degrees and arts education programs like the Artist Entrepreneurship Institute and professional galleries like Standing Rock and McKay Bricker – and informally, with Indie artists found around town sharing their talents in unexpected places.
The arts bring out the best of those “only-in-Kent” moments. From the 10th annual National Ceramic Cup juried-art exhibition to the Farmer’s Market Mural to the projection art displayed on the top of the Star of the West grain tower, Kent art surprises and defies convention – as art does best.
Select Sources of Artistic Inspiration
Notable Galleries and Exhibits:
A Sampling of Events:
- Main Street Kent's Art & Wine Festival
- Art in the Park
- International Film Festival
- Children's Musical Theater Events
In addition to the many galleries and events in Kent, there are also several public art features and murals.
- Lake Cities Train mural located on Burbick Way
- Love mural on North Water Street
- Healing Hearts mural on North Water Street
- Haymaker Farmer' Market mural on Franklin Avenue
- Three Veterans memorial on Erie Street
- Bicentennial Sculpture on Franklin Avenue
- Kent Natural Food Co-op mural on Main Street
- Painted window at the Historical Society on East Main Street
- Bike racks