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.

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Art Market

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo

The KIA will host a small selection of artists' tents kicking off at 11:30 am. Starting at 5 pm, we will host food trucks and a beer garden in our courtyard for everyone to enjoy during ArtHop. The KIA will have free gallery admission from 5 to 8 p.m. Guests will have an opportunity to…

Free

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

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

Free

ARTful Evenings: 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

ARTbreak: Local Sustainability

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo

Have you wanted to learn more about how you can lessen your environmental impact? Chris Dilley and Ben Brown from Kalamazoo’s People's Food Co-op have some tips for everyday ways to tread more lightly on the planet. Topics will range from transportation and homemaking to, of course, food! This ARTbreak is in connection with Ginny…

Free

Art Detectives: The Quiet Place

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo

Do you have a special place where you can enjoy the quiet? Arty Mouse will read The Quiet Place by author Sarah Stewart and illustrator David Small, a book about a little girl whose family emigrates from Mexico to the USA. This is not an Art Detectives to miss as participants will be joined by…

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

ARTful Evenings: 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…

Free

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

Free

ARTbreak: Visual Thinking Strategies

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo

“What is going on in this picture? What do you see that makes you say that? What more can we find?” These three questions form the backbone of Visual Thinking Strategies, a critical thinking practice that provides a foundation for lifelong learning and communication skills. Guests will actively participate in an unique and exciting ARTbreak…

Free

Art Detectives: Have You Ever Seen a Flower?

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo

Have you ever seen a flower? I mean, really seen a flower? That’s the question Arty Mouse will be asking the Art Detectives this month! Come to the KIA to read this story and then look and see  the secret  augmented reality flowers in Ginny Ruffner: Reforestation of the Imagination! Reserve Your Ticket

Free