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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…

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 pride in national identity, settings for lore and religious narrative scenes, as well as for aesthetic appreciation. They also reflect the political and social structures…

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

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is offering an up-close and personal experience with internationally renowned photographer, author, and artist Todd Gray. At fifteen Gray started a photography business with his close friend and photographer Neil Zlozower. Within two years they had photographed an album cover, rolled with the Rolling Stones, and had photos in Life Magazine.…

“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!…

Book Discussion

Virtual Event

Parable of the Sower (Novel and/or Graphic Novel) by Octavia Butler From the publisher -  When global climate change and economic crises lead to social chaos in the early 2020s, California becomes full of dangers, from pervasive water shortage to masses of vagabonds who will do anything to live to see another day. Fifteen-year-old Lauren…

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2021 Kirk Newman Art School Holiday Art Sale

314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI

Celebrate the 48th annual Holiday Sale bringing together the students and faculty of the KNAS for an amazing three days. You can find one-of-a-kind creations making the perfect gifts. Did you know that a portion of every purchase goes to support the KNAS programs? The rest goes directly to the artists! Nov. 18, 5-8pm Member-Only…

Everyone is a Member Day!

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

For one day, everyone is a member of the KIA! Enjoy membership benefits like discounted classes at the Kirk Newman Art School (when purchases in-person), 10% off at the Gallery Shop, and access to the Meader Fine Arts Library on Saturday, Nov. 20. Stop into the KIA to shop the sale at the Holiday Art…

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 seen his work in the KIA’s West Michigan Area Show, at ArtPrize, at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum, Kalamazoo Nature Center, the Detroit Institute of Arts,…

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 read from his book Drinking from the River of Light, which invites you to explore how art and authentic expression can help us explore our…