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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…

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,…

Free

Unveiling American Genius Symposium

Virtual Event

Learn more about the day's activities at kiarts.org/unveiling-american-genius-symposium/ 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…

$10

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…

ARTbreak: Portals, Hymns, and Passages

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

Portals, Hymns, and Passages explores Detroit-area artist Ed Fraga’s career, focusing on the landscape of figuration, dreams, and allegorical representation through paintings and constructions. For Fraga, art-making is the process of unveiling the unseen. A song, a hymn, or a poem can be integral components to bringing an idea to life, transforming one art form…

ARTbreak: artWorks Makes Art Work

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

MRC artWorks is a working gallery and studio for adults living with disabilities. Focusing on strengths and abilities while developing job skills, artists create bright, encouraging pieces that follow the artist’s unique style and highlight what they can do and how they can inspire the greater community. Amy Thill is the unit manager of MRC…

ARTbreak: The “Fertile Soil” Project

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

Doet Boersma is a Dutch visual artist and educator living and working in The Netherlands. Her current work explores themes of ecology, environmental justice, and the natural landscape. In her presentation, Boersma will provide insight into the processes and methods of her current “Fertile Soil” project. By showing sources of inspiration, the working processes, and…

Clara Driscoll and Tiffany Lamps

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

Thanks to a cache of personal letters uncovered in 2009, it is now known that iconic Tiffany lamps such as “Wisteria” and “Dragonflies” were designed by Clara Driscoll and the female colleagues she managed in the women’s division of the Tiffany Glass Company of Manhattan. Historian Renée Sentilles will contextualize the designs and life decisions…

ARTbreak: Profound Possibilities of Papier-Mâché

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

Visual artist and art educator Gayle Swank Reyes has instructed students of all ages for the past 20 years. She earned her BFA in Metals/Jewelry and continued her education by earning her Master’s Degree in Education from GVSU.  Her teaching experience includes serving in community programs for youth, as well as teaching art for Kalamazoo…

Balancing the Cosmos: Evening with Li Hongwei

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

Update Due to travel restrictions from his home in Beijing, Li Hongwei will be virtually joining us during an Evening with Li Hongwei on July 7. His event on July 3 is canceled.   The sculptures of Li Hongwei represent balance: between tradition and innovation, between fragility and strength, between realism and abstraction. His use…