Jeanette May (BFA in Painting 1985)
As part of her research into the development of psychiatric hospitals during the nineteenth century and medical history, alumna Jennifer L. Thomas takes her students to abandoned or renovated sites like the Athens Lunatic Asylum. Operated in Ohio beginning in 1874, it housed patients for conditions ranging from menopause to epilepsy, which were thought to cause socially undesirable behaviors or illnesses or were convenient excuses for forced incarceration. Some structures at the site remain in disrepair, while others and the grounds have been extensively rehabilitated.
Since 2007 Krannert Center has celebrated the global sounds of the six-stringed instrument and its relatives with dozens of free performances by renowned and upcoming jazz, classical, bluegrass, rock, country, soul, folk, experimental, blues, rockabilly, Latin, and fusion—and just about any other style plus the indescribable—musicians.
Lit red in 2020 in the midst of the pandemic for We Make Events, Krannert Center signaled its vital spot in the community and sounded the alarm for the ongoing support needed for performing artists, students in arts programs, designers, technicians, ticketing personnel, stagehands, agents, skilled trade workers, housekeeping staff, marketing professionals, and the many others who put on live events.
Photo by Darrell Hoemann.