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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…


Kalamazoo Art League: Philip Allen – The Work of Jon Imber

Virtual Event

Jon Imber (1950-2014) was an American artist who experimented with different influences, styles, and subject matter all of his life, from figurative painting to landscapes and abstraction. Join Jill Hoy, his wife, as she introduces us to Jon's passion for art-making and its ability to create transformative experiences - his lasting legacy. The last two…

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…

Kalamazoo Art League: Artist as Curator-Taking Your Show on the Road

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

Known for her curation of thought-provoking traveling exhibitions, Reni Gower will take us behind the scenes and show us how she brings exhibitions to life. Gower is a visual artist, curator, and educator, whose award-winning work in painting and multimedia has been represented in many prestigious collections both nationally and internationally.   Supported by the…

Kalamazoo Art League: Black Ash Basketry, Past and Present

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

Kelly Church's nationally recognized role as an Ottawa and Pottawatomi Culture Bearer involves much more than her exquisite artistry. According to the artist, her work as a black ash basket maker connects ancient tradition with "issues that affect us all ... especially those who come after us if we do not act today." RSVP to…

Kalamazoo Art League: Art Deco Architecture

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

A historian of architecture, landscape, preservation, urban development, and the built environment, Dr. Robert Bruegmann will discuss general and regional Art Deco architectural characteristics. During the summer or fall of 2022, Dr. Bruegmann has offered to meet the Kalamazoo Art League in Chicago for a depARTure focusing this style. When it is safe to travel,…

Guo Pei: Couture Fantasy

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

The 2nd Annual Joy Light Lecture on East Asian Art Widely hailed as China’s premier couturier, Beijing-based fashion designer Guo Pei uses exquisite craftsmanship, lavish embroidery, and unconventional dressmaking techniques to create a sartorial fantasy—one that fuses her personal story with myriad influences: China’s imperial past and export art, the grandeur of European court life…