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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Curator Conversation

Virtual Event

Artist Yun-Fei Ji will speak about his life and work in conversation with KIA Chief Curator Rehema Barber. You can experience his work at the KIA exhibition Yun-Fei Ji: Tall Tales of a Scavenger. Ji was born in Beijing, China, and currently lives and works in New York. Yun-Fei Ji utilizes the structures and symbols…

Free

ARTbreak West Michigan Area Show Artists – Pt 1

314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI

The West Michigan Area Show artists will open your eyes to what it takes to get your art on display. They discuss their work in the exhibition, as well as their artistic practice and the themes explored. Hear from these great artists and the excitement they have around the WMAS Take an ARTbreak from your…

Free

ArtHop

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

Guests are invited to visit the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts for free. Local artists' exhibition, the West Michigan Area Show, will be on view. Families can also decorate a birthday card to celebrate the KIA's 97th birthday, and enjoy a free yummy treat, while supplies last.

Free

ARTbreak West Michigan Area Show Artists – Pt 2

314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI

Don't worry if you missed Part 1 in this series as Part 2 of the WMAS series will feature new artists who are featured in this coveted juried exhibition.   Hear from the artists as they introduce their work in the exhibition, as well as how they go about creating art, their artistic practice and the…

Art Market

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

Artists are taking over the KIA! The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is showcasing activities outside the South Street entrance, welcoming 9 artists for a one-time Art Market on Friday, August 6 from 11:30 am – 8:00 pm. Each artist booth will feature their work for purchase. In conjunction with popular Friday Downtown events like Lunchtime…

Free

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…

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…

WomanUp & Celebrate Executive Director Belinda Tate

Virtual Event

Michigan Woman Forward, a public statewide foundation devoted to the economic and personal well-being of Michigan women and girls, is honoring the KIA's Executive Director Belinda Tate as a 2021 Women of Courage & Achievement! From Michigan Woman Forward:  Introducing one of our honorees, Belinda Tate. Belinda is Executive Director for the Kalamazoo Institute of…

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.…

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.…

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…