Les vendanges by François Boucher

In addition to providing the founding gift for Krannert Art Museum, Ellnora D. Krannert and Herman Krannert donated many artworks, including this painting, to this institution recognized for both its collections and its activities that invite the public to learn more about other cultures and the creative process. This work by François Boucher is a model for a section of a large tapestry.

François Boucher (1703–1770), Les vendanges (The Grape Harvest), 1756. Oil on canvas. Gift of Ellnora D. Krannert 1972-12-1. Image courtesy of Krannert Art Museum.

Athens Lunatic Asylum

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.

ELLNORA | The Guitar Festival

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.


Professor Emeritus Shozo Sato is a master of traditional Japanese arts including ikebana (flower arranging) and shodo (calligraphy), which he teaches to community members and students through classes at Japan House.


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