Kirk Newman Art School Residency Show

314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI

The Kirk Newman Art School Residency Program is designed for aspiring artists who want to grow and strengthen their art practice in a supportive community, with access to professional studio facilities and guidance. Each resident has worked on their practice for nine months to present to you this annual exhibition. Learn more about the residency…

Blue Star Museum Free Admission

314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts always offers free admission to active military members but as a Blue Star Museum, we are taking it a little farther to honor the servicemen and women, and their families. The KIA is proud to be a Blue Star Museum this year, offering free admission for active military and their…

An Evening with Linling Lu

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

You might know what Vivaldi's Four Seasons: Winter sounds like—but what does it look like? The KIA’s Chief Curator, Rehema Barber, will join artist Linling Lu for an in-depth conversation about her artistic practice, which gives color, shape, and form to the music that plays in her studio while she works. Vivaldi is just one of her…

ARTbreak: artWorks Makes Art Work

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

MRC artWorks is a working gallery and studio for adults living with disabilities. Focusing on strengths and abilities while developing job skills, artists create bright, encouraging pieces that follow the artist’s unique style and highlight what they can do and how they can inspire the greater community. Amy Thill is the unit manager of MRC…

71st Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Fair

Bronson Park 200 S Rose Street, Kalamazoo

Friday, June 3: 12-8pm Saturday, June 4: 9am-5pm The 71st Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Fair returns to kick off the summer in Bronson Park! You’ll find jewelry, photography, sculpture, painting, ceramics, glass, fiber, leather, wood, and more all handcrafted by over 125 jury-selected fine artists from across Michigan and the country. Shoppers can take home…

Art Detectives: Ugly Doodles

Bronson Park 200 S Rose Street, Kalamazoo

Join us for a special live book reading of The Ugly Doodles from the Arts Fair stage. Stop by the PNC kids tend from 10 am - 4 pm for Arty Mouse tattoos and a community art project for all to enjoy. This hilarious and adorable picture book about creativity, fear of failure, and embracing your imperfections…

ARTbreak: The “Fertile Soil” Project

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

Doet Boersma is a Dutch visual artist and educator living and working in The Netherlands. Her current work explores themes of ecology, environmental justice, and the natural landscape. In her presentation, Boersma will provide insight into the processes and methods of her current “Fertile Soil” project. By showing sources of inspiration, the working processes, and…

Art Detectives: Ish

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

Let’s explore Surrealish and read about making art in Ish by Peter Reynolds. Art doesn’t have to be perfect, it just has to be ish! You-ish! Great-ish! Fun-ish! Let’s see what kind of ish we can make together. Reserve Your Ticket

Book Discussion: Clara and Mr. Tiffany

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

Book Discussion Leader: Shannon Karol, Director of Museum Education and Community Engagement From the publisher: It’s 1893, and at the Chicago World’s Fair, Louis Comfort Tiffany makes his debut with a luminous exhibition of innovative stained-glass windows that he hopes will earn him a place on the international artistic stage. But behind the scenes in his…

Clara Driscoll and Tiffany Lamps

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

Thanks to a cache of personal letters uncovered in 2009, it is now known that iconic Tiffany lamps such as “Wisteria” and “Dragonflies” were designed by Clara Driscoll and the female colleagues she managed in the women’s division of the Tiffany Glass Company of Manhattan. Historian Renée Sentilles will contextualize the designs and life decisions…

ARTbreak: Profound Possibilities of Papier-Mâché

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

Visual artist and art educator Gayle Swank Reyes has instructed students of all ages for the past 20 years. She earned her BFA in Metals/Jewelry and continued her education by earning her Master’s Degree in Education from GVSU.  Her teaching experience includes serving in community programs for youth, as well as teaching art for Kalamazoo…

Art Detectives at the Library

Local Libraries MI

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is bringing the Art Detectives to your local library. Join Arty Mouse as he reads the Blob by Anne Appert. Arty will also share some of his favorite works from the KIA's collection and help you make your own work of art. Together, we will discover that Blob - and…