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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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 the process of creating a children’s book! The Betty Upjohn Mason Grandchildren’s Gallery will be transformed with original drawings and books by locally and nationally…

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 AR app so that viewers can explore a new landscape using their phones and tablets. This reality-bending presentation is the artist’s imagining of a gloriously…

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 on Black consciousness. Gray’s recent photographic, yet sculptural compositions obscure, expose, and connect images of contemporary culture and nature to express hidden relationships in the…

Members Exchange

314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI

The Southwest Michigan Cultural Membership Exchange is a partnership with the Air Zoo, Binder Park Zoo, Gilmore Car Museum, Kalamazoo Nature Center, Kellogg Bird Sanctuary and Manor House and the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. During October 2021, members of any of these attractions get free reciprocal access to all 6 organizations with their member card…

ARTbreak: Pictures from the Floating World

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

Did you love the Sösaku-Hanga exhibition on display in the Joy Light Gallery? Here is an opportunity to learn more about this artistic movement! Mary Brodbeck studied Japanese woodblock printmaking in Tokyo in 1998 and has been dedicated to this process since. Brodbeck will offer her personal insights into this complex art form.  Reserve Your…

An Evening with Todd Gray

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

Rehema Barber, Chief Curator of the KIA, will join Todd Gray in a conversation regarding his exhibition Todd Gray: Crossing the Waters of Space, Time, and History. Join us for this illuminating discussion, where Gray will share insights into his physical and mental creative process. See the exhibition before this discussion, and then visit it…

KNAS Winter Semester Member Enrollment Opens

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

Beginning at 8am on Monday, Nov. 8, 2021, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts members can register for the Kirk Newman Art School Winter semester. View the Class Schedule Become a member & save

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…

“Kazoo 48 Hour” Film Festival Screening

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

What does it take to create an entire film in 48 hours? Filmmaking teams are assigned a random genre, prop, location, character, and line of dialogue and are challenged to create a 1-6 minute film within 48 hours. Join us for the screening and award ceremony for the third annual Kazoo 48 Hour Film Festival!…

Art Detectives: Catch That Cookie

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

The gingerbread people are on the run! Join Arty Mouse as he tries to catch that cookie! We will read the book, make a project, and look at David Small’s cookie illustrations in the Upjohn Mason Grandchildren’s Interactive Gallery. Reserve Your Ticket

ARTbreak: The Collaboration Tango: What Does it Take to Write a Picture Book?

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

What does it take to create a successful children’s picture book? More than you might imagine. Join writer Sarah Stewart and illustrator David Small for a lively discussion on the many steps between an idea for a story and a published book. David and Sarah will sign books after this ARTbreak, so bring your treasured…