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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ARTbreak: Visual Thinking Strategies

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

“What is going on in this picture? What do you see that makes you say that? What more can we find?” These three questions form the backbone of Visual Thinking Strategies, a critical thinking practice that provides a foundation for lifelong learning and communication skills. Guests will actively participate in an unique and exciting ARTbreak…

Free

Art Detectives: Have You Ever Seen a Flower?

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

Have you ever seen a flower? I mean, really seen a flower? That’s the question Arty Mouse will be asking the Art Detectives this month! Come to the KIA to read this story and then look and see  the secret  augmented reality flowers in Ginny Ruffner: Reforestation of the Imagination! Reserve Your Ticket

Free

ARTbreak: Chinese Decorated Letter Papers

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

Yifan Li is a Ph.D. student specializing in modern Chinese art and visual culture at The Ohio State University. Li’s current research centers on materiality and transnationality, the artistic exchange between China and the U.S., and art and politics in Mao-era China. His lecture will examine an early twentieth-century collection of Chinese decorated letter papers.…

Free

Book Discussion

Virtual Event

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer From the publisher -  Drawing on her life as an indigenous scientist, a mother, and a woman, Kimmerer shows how other living beings—asters and goldenrod, strawberries and squash, salamanders, algae, and sweetgrass—offer us gifts and lessons, even if we’ve forgotten…

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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 in Art Nouveau, Arts and Crafts, and Mid Century Modern aesthetics. She will be holding a talk on her artistic journey in the KIA's auditorium.…

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…

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 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,…