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PARTA announces George Danhires as artist for Veterans’ Memorial at the Kent Central Gateway

Kent, OH (5-7-13)—PARTA is pleased to announce local artist and veteran, George Danhires as the artist for the design, construction, and installation of the Veterans’ Memorial at the Kent Central Gateway. The piece will consist of three bronze panels cast with figures representing members of the military.


(Veterans Memorial from the close south)

Dedication of the finished Memorial is scheduled for Veterans’ Day, November 11th, 2013.

“I’m happy to have Mr. Danhires as our artist for this Memorial,” said John Drew, General Manager of PARTA, “his piece really captured the sentiment of the Citizens’ Advisory Committee.”

Mr. Danhires was selected after an extensive public process, going back to PARTA’s call for artists in May of last year. Three finalists were selected from a dozen submissions and asked to make renderings of their vision of a Veterans’ Memorial for Kent. After public review and comment on the three finalists’ renderings, PARTA’s selection committee chose Mr. Danhires as the artist for the project. Mr. Drew said of the advisory and selection committees, “I’m thankful for the citizens that volunteered their time to help us make this selection, and I’m sure we will all be proud of the Memorial once it is unveiled.”

Mr. Danhires has extensive experience in public art and has been working as a commissioned artist in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Kentucky since 1972. He holds both a bachelors and masters of fine art from Ohio University, and is currently an Associate Professor Emeritus as University of Akron.

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Veterans Memorial from the east panoramic


Veterans Memorial from the east


Veterans Memorial from the high south


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