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Ginny Ruffner: Tour & Reception, Members-Only

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

The KIA Board of Directors invites you to join them for a reality-bending presentation of Ginny Ruffner’s complex fusion of fine glass blowing, augmented reality, and drawing. The event is only for members of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. Become a member online.  5:30 p.m. Reception & Welcome 6 p.m. Galleries Open Ginny Ruffner: Reforestation…

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…

2021 Annual Meeting

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

Usher in new board members and hear directly from KIA senior staff and the board of directors. All current members are invited to attend. Be sure your mailing address is up to date to receive your special invitation, rsvp, and proxy voting ballot. Don't forget to RSVP 5:30-6 pm Reception 6-7:15 pm  Meeting Not a…

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…

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…

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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

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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.…

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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.…

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.…