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…

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…

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…

Talk from the owner of Motawi Tileworks

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

Owner and Artistic Director Nawal Motawi began creating her artistic tiles in her garage and sold them at farmer's markets. In 1992, Motawi formed The Tileworks, which came to specialize…

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…

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…

“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…

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,…

Free

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…

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…

ARTful Evening: 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…