Stained Glass Artwork to be Unveiled at Kent Library’s 75th Anniversary Celebration at Southeast

UCM-PrintersMarkCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 23, 2014 – Kent Library is unveiling 45 pieces of stained glass by the renowned artist, G. Owen Bonawit, and offering tours of its Rare Book Room to celebrate its 75th anniversary from 6-9 p.m. on Nov. 7.

These 75-year-old works of art have been taken out of storage and re-mounted to commemorate their installation and the 75th anniversary of the dedication of Kent Library. Attendees will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with Bonawit’s work in their new location, which allows a clear view of the incredible glasswork and exquisite details, said Dr. David Starrett, dean of Academic Information Services and director of Kent Library.

Admission is $40 per person or $75 per couple, with proceeds going to help offset the cost of re-installing the valuable stained glass panels. Also included with admission will be hors d’oeuvres, an anniversary cake and tours of the Rare Book Room. Three Southeast professors emeriti, Dr. John Bierk, Department of English, Dr. Frank Nickell, Department of History, and Dr. Robert Hamblin, Department of English, will share recollections of longtime librarian Sadie Kent, and Kent Library’s impact on the University and community after 75 years. A cash bar will be available.

“This is an opportunity to socialize with other book, art and history lovers, and show support for Kent Library,” Starrett said.

A tour of the Rare Book Room is usually open only by appointment. Collections housed in the rare Book Room include the Charles Harrison Collection and the Louis Daniel Brodsky Collection of William Faulkner materials. The Charles Harrison Collection contains over 800 rare and unusual books, which reflect the history of scribal and print culture from the 13th to the early 20th centuries. The Louis Daniel Brodsky Collection is one of the world’s four most significant collections of material on Faulkner. Experts will be on hand to explain the collections.

To receive an invitation and registration form for the Kent Library 75th anniversary celebration on Nov. 7, contact Roxanne Dunn at rdunn@semo.edu or call (573) 986-7446. Payment is due by Nov. 1.