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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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…

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…

Member-Only Exhibition Opening

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

Be the first to see the Kirk Newman Art School Faculty Review! Members can enjoy an opening reception with light refreshments from 6-7:30pm on Friday, December 17. This biennial exhibition…

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…

ARTbreak: Encounter

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

Leilei Chen and Beibei Chen are artists, educators, and twin sisters from China. Their collaborative work is heavily influenced by Chinese culture, aesthetics, and philosophy; they have always been interested…

Book Discussion

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

Two Trees Make a Forest: Travels Among Taiwan's Mountains & Coasts in Search of My Family's Past by Jessica J. Lee From the librarian: This read lauded as "genre-shattering" is…

Movie Night! Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts

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

Do you remember seeing Bill Traylor’s work in Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem? Get to know more about the artist in Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts. Born…

Africa, Imagined: Reflections on Modern and Contemporary Art

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

Using a uniquely curated combination of loans and works from the KIA’s collection, spanning the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, Africa, Imagined: Reflections on Modern and Contemporary Art will juxtapose mostly West African…

ARTbreak: The Resonance Project

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

Rufus Ferguson is a multi-instrumental musician and educator and is Assistant Professor of Jazz and Popular Music at Albion College. He will speak about his original compositions as part of…