We took a new approach to our Sunday open studio programs for families this semester, leading to increased participation by members of the community, many of whom were new visitors to the Museum. In collaboration with an artist, a curator, and educators from WOUB Public Media Learning Lab, our student staff facilitated new experiences for our visitors during Art Encounters programs that highlighted the power of sharing.

Artist Peilian Wu demonstrated and shared her painting techniques with participants.

Guest Curator Katherine Hammond led participants in curating their own mini-spaces.

In November we turned the entire Museum into a field for a scavenger hunt! Click here to view the article.

In December we celebrated the lights of the season by making lanterns and window decorations.

In partnership with the Friends of the Kennedy Museum we hosted four Thursday evening Gallery Walk & Talk programs with seven speakers.

Guest Curator Katherine Hammond shared her approach to curating a selection of new acquisitions in the Museum’s collections.

Guest Co-Curators Jessica Cyders and Stacey Lavender walked visitors through the Reflective Objects: Collectors and Their Collections exhibition as they discussed their approach to local collectors.

Collectors Terrance Reimer, Meta Van Nostran, Aaron Smith and Christine Miles shared their passion for the objects they collect.

VTS (Visual Thinking Strategies) Workshops in our new Visual Literacy Gallery got off to a great start this semester with KMA educator Lisa Quinn at the helm of this ongoing project.

Mid-semester view of the Visual Literacy Gallery, with works by Glenn Ligon (L), Lorna Simpson (middle), and Lloyd Moore (R).

Our first pilot group in an ongoing collaboration with HCOM and The Open Book Project: A Narrative Medicine Program for Social Justice & Inclusion.

This gallery has provided the KMA education department a dedicated space to facilitate over a dozen VTS sessions this semester with classes from across the University, including the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, College of Health Sciences and Professions, Honors Tutorial College, Patton College of Education, Scripps College of Communication and University College, as well as art and theater classes in the College of Fine Arts.

The new piece installed for this Spring’s workshops is Burhan Doğançay’s Green Door.

Our student staff continue to amaze us as they tackle everything from tours in Spanish for OHIO classes and local high schools… to hosting preschool age and homeschooled children for gallery and studio programs… to assisting our curatorial team with designing upcoming gallery interactives.

Jess Minarchek

Carrie Summerford

Rachel Broughton

We continued making cyanotypes outdoors when a homeschool group visited on a beautiful sunny day.

Basil Masri Zada and Sarah Melaragno consult with Jeff Carr and intern Justin Adams on the design of an interactive loom for the upcoming Navajo weaving exhibition. Both Basil and Sarah have been instrumental in design and visitor interactive projects at the Museum.

Over 50 students from Vinton County High School Spanish classes toured the exhibitions in Spanish, led by Jess, Rachel and Carrie.

Trimble 6th – 8th graders popped in for a visit this semester!

And we always have time for celebrating birthdays….