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.

Art Detectives

Virtual Event

Enjoy a wonderful Arty event hosted by Dorothy Chan and Lucy Yao, the musicians behind Chromic Duo.  They will blend classical music, toy pianos, and electronics into totally unique Art Detectives!  We will explore how music, art, and stories form together while reading Patience, Miyuki by Roxane Marie Gailliez and create a project inspired by…

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ARTbreak with Carol and Jeffrey Horvitz

Virtual Event

Collectors as well as champion art enthusiasts Carol and Jeffrey Horvitzes will be joining us to discuss their world renowned collection of Japanese ceramics currently on view at the KIA until June 17th. The Horvitzes have honored the KIA by lending their works to us for the exhibition From Earth and Fire, as well as…

Free

Book Discussion -The Queens of Animation

Virtual Event

The Queens of Animation: the Untold Story of the Women Who Transformed the World of Disney and Made Cinematic History by Nathalia Holt  presented by Aubrey Rogers- Animation instructor at Kalamazoo Valley Community College From Snow White to Moana, from Pinocchio to Frozen, the animated films of Walt Disney Studios have moved and entertained millions.…

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Curator Conversation

Virtual Event

Artist Yun-Fei Ji will speak about his life and work in conversation with KIA Chief Curator Rehema Barber. You can experience his work at the KIA exhibition Yun-Fei Ji: Tall Tales of a Scavenger. Ji was born in Beijing, China, and currently lives and works in New York. Yun-Fei Ji utilizes the structures and symbols…

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Art Detectives

Virtual Event

How many ways can an artist draw a cat? Let’s see how many ways Brian Wenzel can in his book They All Saw a Cat, and then look at cats within the KIA collection. Finally learn how to create you own versions of cats.  How many can you think of and create? ARTY THE ART…

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ARTbreak Beverly Pepper

Virtual Event

Amber Oudsema, Curator of Arts Education at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, will be taking time to speak about the life and art of Beverly Pepper. Her work Torre Pieno nel Vuot II featured in the KIAs permanent collection: Unveiling American Genius currently on view until December 2022. Take an ARTbreak from your busy…

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ARTbreak: Printmaking and Pandemic Part II

Virtual Event

Did you miss Deborah Mattson’s Printmaking and Pandemic Part I? Don’t worry you can easily jump in and listen to Part II of this fascinating exploration of how printmakers throughout time have reacted to and portrayed pandemics. Reserve Your Ticket Zoom Link: http://us02web.zoom.us/j/85221124602?pwd=OWFSVHVCNlV4RjVzb3NoSjR4Ym1QUT09

Art Detectives: Toy Boat

Virtual Event

For the sunny summer month of August, the Art Detectives will read Toy Boat by Randall de Sève and Loren Long, and look at how artists have portrayed boats in the KIA collection. They will finish off by creating their own floating toy boat! Reserve Your Ticket Zoom Link: http://us02web.zoom.us/j/85829171841?pwd=dXdLdWVMbWdGYkxEVStLWWlBNW5mUT09 Meeting ID: 858 2917 1841 Passcode: 896470

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