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ARTbreak: The Resonance Project (virtual)

Virtual Event

Rufus Ferguson is a multi-instrumental musician and educator and is Assistant Professor of Jazz and Popular Music at Albion College. He will speak about his original compositions as part of the Resonance Project. This partnership between the Connecting Chords Music Festival and the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts invited musicians to create original music inspired by…

Africa, Imagined: Reflections on Modern and Contemporary Art Opening (virtual)

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…

ARTbreak: Africa, Imagined with Chief Curator Rehema Barber

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

Join Chief Curator, Rehema Barber, for an informative and lively presentation about the artists and works featured in Africa, Imagined: Reflections on Modern and Contemporary Art. Exploring three key themes (escapism, social inquiry, and cultural reclamation), Africa, Imagined reveals how the arts of Africa are woven into modernism and extend deeply into contemporary art practice…

An Evening with Conrad Egyir

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

Conrad Egyir, Irving’s Class, 2021, oil, acrylic, mounted wood on canvas. Collection of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts; Elisabeth Claire Lahti Fund Purchase. Conrad Egyir will provide insight about his practice, rise within the contemporary arts scene, and one of the KIA’s newest acquisitions by the artist entitled, Irving’s Class, 2021. A Cranbrook Academy of…

$5

ARTbreak: Hidden Women of Color with Jerome and Delma Washington

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

Jerome and Delma Washington are the minds behind the art project Hidden Women of Color. This project is a series of portraits of African American women who lived between 1744-1996 who deserve to be seen for their achievements. These women, who include artist Edmonia Lewis and explorer Merze Tate, stepped out of their assigned roles…

ARTbreak: The Dance of Social Justice

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

Helanius Wilkins has devoted himself to using the lenses of Black masculinity and cutting-edge choreography to rethink race, class, identity, human diversity and tragic turns of inhumanity…”— Clarence E. Page, Pulitzer Prize Journalist, Chicago Tribune. Helanius Wilkins, an award-winning choreographer, performance artist, innovator, and educator based in Boulder, Colorado, will present a lecture-demonstration titled “The…

A Woman’s Voice: Then and Now?

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

Join us for an insightful evening discussion with Chief Curator Rehema Barber and three exceptional professors from Western Michigan University, Dr. Mariam Konaté, Professor Monique Haley, and Dr. Jennifer Richard. A Woman’s Voice: Then and Now? will discuss the roles of women within the African diaspora as it relates to each participant's individual discipline and…

$5

ARTbreak: Handmade Bone Folder Tools with Rachel Stickney

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

Have you ever wondered about the tools you use to make art? Who made them? How were they made? Are they real or synthetic materials? Could you perhaps make one yourself? These are the questions Rachel Stickney will answer as she discusses her recent trip to the Penland School of Craft in Bakersville, North Carolina. Rachel Stickney is…

ARTbreak: Kirk Newman Art School Residents – Part 1

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

The Kirk Newman Art School Post-Baccalaureate Program is in its sixth year. The nine-month residency is designed for aspiring artists who want to grow and strengthen their art practice in a supportive community, with access to professional studio facilities and guidance. At each of these ARTbreaks, KIA guests will hear from the KNAS residents about…

ARTbreak: Kirk Newman Art School Residents – Part 2

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

The Kirk Newman Art School Post-Baccalaureate Program is in its sixth year. The nine-month residency is designed for aspiring artists who want to grow and strengthen their art practice in a supportive community, with access to professional studio facilities and guidance. At each of these ARTbreaks, KIA guests will hear from the KNAS residents about…

ARTbreak: Kirk Newman Art School Residents – Part 3

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

The Kirk Newman Art School Post-Baccalaureate Program is in its sixth year. The nine-month residency is designed for aspiring artists who want to grow and strengthen their art practice in a supportive community, with access to professional studio facilities and guidance. At each of these ARTbreaks, KIA guests will hear from the KNAS residents about…