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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…

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…

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 reveals why the Kirk Newman Art School's faculty are among the leading artists in Southwest Michigan. Featuring new directions in the work of more than…

Africa, Imagined: Reflections on Modern and Contemporary Art Opening

Virtual Event

Join us in a virtual celebration of Africa, Imagined: Reflections on Modern and Contemporary Art, the KIA’s first exhibition opening of 2022. Virtual guests will hear from the KIA’s Chief Curator Rehema Barber as she highlights the works by African artists within the exhibition.   Rehema Barber Africa, Imagined will explore how artists of varying…

Hands-On Event at the Kirk Newman Art School

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

Create during an evening of art! The biennial Hands-On event is returning to the Kirk Newman Art School on March 4, from 5-8 p.m. Participants can try their hand at several projects, taking home their own masterpieces at the end of the evening. This event is for all skill levels: current students interested in trying…

2022 High School Area Show Virtual Awards Ceremony

Virtual Event via Zoom

The High School Area Show highlights young artists from our local education systems. High school students residing in Allegan, Barry, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph, and Van Buren counties were welcome to participate with this year's juror 2021 National Secondary Art Educator of the Year Le Tran. Celebrate their creativity with us! Hear from…

The Future Starts With You Symposium (College Students)

Virtual Event

Are you a student interested in working in museums? The Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) and the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts (KIA) has partnered to host a one-day virtual symposium aimed to assist university students who may be seeking careers in arts institutions. During this unique event from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday,…


Unveiling American Genius Symposium

Virtual Event

Learn more about the day's activities at 11:30-12:00pm: Welcome and Setting the Stage for the Day 12:00-1:00pm: A Woman's Voice: Then and Now? 1:15-2:00pm: The Resonance Music Project: Connecting Music and Art in Unveiling American Genius 2:15-3:30pm: Panel: The Future of American Art   Tickets are only $10 to virtually attend the symposium.  Reserve…


Gilmore Festival Fellows Lecture

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

The Long Road Home: A Pianist’s American Journey  Lara Downes guides us through her professional trajectory as a classical American pianist. Learn how she defines her career, chooses her repertoire, and keeps her work mission-focused. Ms Downes is a trailblazing performer, Billboard Chart-topping recording artist, and sought-after producer, curator, activist, and arts advocate. She is…

West Michigan Area Show Reception

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

Since the 1960s, the annual juried exhibition celebrates the talented community of visual artists in the region. Drawing works from 14 counties, an experienced juror chooses artists from more than 300 submitted entries, ranging from paintings, prints, and photos to mosaics, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture, and mixed-media works. Honor the expertise of the mitten state during…

71st Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Fair

Bronson Park 200 S Rose Street, Kalamazoo

Friday, June 3: 12-8pm Saturday, June 4: 9am-5pm The 71st Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Fair returns to kick off the summer in Bronson Park! You’ll find jewelry, photography, sculpture, painting, ceramics, glass, fiber, leather, wood, and more all handcrafted by over 125 jury-selected fine artists from across Michigan and the country. Shoppers can take home…

Unreeled: Movie Night

314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI

Get to know more about artist Bill Traylor beyond seeing his work in Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem with Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts. Born enslaved on an Alabama plantation, Traylor witnessed major changes during his lifetime that influenced his artistic process. Traylor is regarded as one of the greatest self-taught artists…