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 mainstream.

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 & Exhibits

Sampling of Events

Public Art Features & Murals

In addition to the many galleries and events in Kent, there are also several public art features and murals:

  • Bicentennial Sculpture on Franklin Avenue
  • Bike racks
  • Haymaker Farmers’ Market mural on Franklin Avenue
  • Healing Hearts mural on North Water Street
  • Marvin Kent Mural in Burbick Way
  • Lake Cities Train mural located on Burbick Way
  • Love mural on North Water Street
  • Painted window at the Historical Society on East Main Street
  • Three Veterans memorial on Erie Street
artist in front of mural in burbick way