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.

It’s a David Small World

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI

Have you ever wondered how a picture book comes to be? What do the illustrations look like before words are added? It’s a David Small World is the unmissable opportunity to see…

Ginny Ruffner: Reforestation of the Imagination

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI

Ginny Ruffner: Reforestation of the Imagination is a unique installation that fuses fine glass blowing, augmented reality (AR), and drawing. For this special presentation, Ruffner and her collaborators developed an…

Todd Gray: Crossing the Waters of Space, Time and History

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI

Featuring the artist’s signature style of found frames and stacked images from his private archive, Todd Gray: Crossing the Waters of Space, Time, and History considers the impacts of colonialism…

Vistas: Visions of China, Japan, and Korea

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI

Profound depictions of landscapes in Asia date back thousands of years. These images of nature, whether realistic or imaginary,  have served many purposes—as points of meditation or escape,  to assert…

ARTbreak: The Honeybee Scriptures

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI

How can an artist and nature collaborate? Local artist Ladislav Hanka will speak about his process of working with honeybees in an interspecies collaborative creation of artwork. You may have…

Kalamazoo Art League: Jill Hoy – The Work of Jon Imber

314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI

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,…

Drinking from the River of Light

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI

“Meaningful art, enduring art, and the transformative process it awakens keeps us alive,” writes Mark Nepo, a poet and philosopher who is nationally recognized and a local presence. Nepo will…

Art Detectives: Sandy’s Circus

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI

Have you ever looked up at the Calder mobile in the KIA lobby and wondered about the artist who created it? Join us to learn about Alexander Calder as we read…

ARTbreak: ELF (Extremely Low Frequency)

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI

Visual artist Nayda Collazo-Llorens will talk about the on-site research behind her projects ELF (Extremely Low Frequency) in 2016 and Interconexiones in 2021. Collazo-Llorens, who teaches art-related courses at Kalamazoo…

Book Discussion: Drinking from the River of Light

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI

by Mark Nepo From the publisher: Just as no one can live without inhaling and exhaling, no one can live without feeling and expressing. The life of expression is how…

Art Detectives: I Feel Teal

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI

Have you ever felt blue or seen red? What about feeling teal or seeing crimson? Arty Mouse will explore new colors in the book and in the KIA galleries, and…