Striving to share our love of art with the community, the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts regularly organizes a number of exciting events. Whether you’re interested in joining one of our art classes, you’d like to explore the world of portrait photography, or any number of other topics, be sure to view our calendar below to learn about the events that we have planned.

The Conservation of Paintings: Historical and Technical Discoveries

Virtual Event

Is it true that a painting conservator is also a detective? In Barry Bauman’s 46 years of experience treating and analyzing damaged paintings there have been some stand out moments for him. In this talk, Bauman will discuss the times that his practice led him to discover a previously hidden piece of art history. Join…

Free

ARTbreak: Evolution of an Artist

Virtual Event

Emily Wohlscheid is a multidisciplinary artist working in jewelry and fiber arts. She will talk about how the practice has evolved, how the public and her own perception of being a working artist has changed over time, and the many hats an artist has to wear that don't involve making art. Reserve Your Ticket  …

Free

Book Discussion

Virtual Event

The Whole Picture: The Colonial Story of the Art in Our Museums & Why We Need to Talk about It  by: Alice Procter If you think art history has to be pale, male and stale - think again. Should museums be made to give back their marbles? Is it even possible to 'decolonise' our galleries?…

Free

Transforming Art with Digital Technology

Virtual Event

Ginny Ruffner is pursuing the challenge of making a new beauty through the process of personal reflection and asking questions. She will show her pursuit of this challenge through projects where digital technology helped enable both beauty and reflective thought. In this unforgettable virtual experience, Ruffner will show some of her projects explaining both the…

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ARTbreak: Illustrating the Natural World

Virtual Event

Olivia Mendoza creates illustrative work based on the natural world, focusing on the details of botanicals, insects, animal life and anatomy. She will be discussing what inspires her personal incentive behind each piece and views on how to approach criticism and motivation in personal work. Reserve Your Ticket Zoom Link: http://us02web.zoom.us/j/88588300358?pwd=K0RsUHVoeGhCZnBYQUNsUS90SmJ0Zz09 Meeting ID: 885 8830…

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WomanUp & Celebrate Executive Director Belinda Tate

Virtual Event

Michigan Woman Forward, a public statewide foundation devoted to the economic and personal well-being of Michigan women and girls, is honoring the KIA's Executive Director Belinda Tate as a 2021 Women of Courage & Achievement! From Michigan Woman Forward:  Introducing one of our honorees, Belinda Tate. Belinda is Executive Director for the Kalamazoo Institute of…

Forging Islamic Science

Virtual Event

Nir Shafir, Ph.D. Assistant Professor (tenure track) Department of History  University of California, San Diego “As fakes and fictions enter our digital bloodstream, they start to replace the original images, and transform our …notions of what actually was the science of the past.”  Dr. Shafir reveals the many ways forged paintings undermine Islamic science and our…

Book Discussion

Virtual Event

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer From the publisher -  Drawing on her life as an indigenous scientist, a mother, and a woman, Kimmerer shows how other living beings—asters and goldenrod, strawberries and squash, salamanders, algae, and sweetgrass—offer us gifts and lessons, even if we’ve forgotten…

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Contemporary Luminism: Realism in the Modern Context

Virtual Event

Brooks Anderson Landscape painter A landscape painter is known for his gifted handling of composition, detail, and clarity of light, Anderson will discuss his artistic development and the experience of translating atmosphere and natural phenomena into artistic expression.   Art League has offered lectures promoting understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of the visual arts for KIA…

Book Discussion

Virtual Event

Parable of the Sower (Novel and/or Graphic Novel) by Octavia Butler From the publisher -  When global climate change and economic crises lead to social chaos in the early 2020s, California becomes full of dangers, from pervasive water shortage to masses of vagabonds who will do anything to live to see another day. Fifteen-year-old Lauren…

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ARTbreak: What Do Asian Americans Smell Like?: Biopolitics of Race and Gender in Anicka Yi’s Olfactory Works

Virtual Event

Dr. Eunice Uhm is the KIA/Kalamazoo College’s new postdoctoral fellow, specializing in modern and contemporary Asian and Asian diaspora art. She is also a recipient of the National Committee for the History of Art Travel Fellowship and the Diversity and Identity Studies Collective Grant at Ohio State University, where she recently defended her dissertation and…

Kalamazoo Art League: Philip Allen – The Work of Jon Imber

Virtual Event

Jon Imber (1950-2014) was an American artist who experimented with different influences, styles, and subject matter all of his life, from figurative painting to landscapes and abstraction. Join Jill Hoy, his wife, as she introduces us to Jon's passion for art-making and its ability to create transformative experiences - his lasting legacy. The last two…