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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…

ARTbreak: Mary Hatch – How I Found My Muse Hiding in Plain Sight

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

Paul Cezanne, reputed to be the father of Modern Art, believed the source of his creativity came from within, by way of his senses, his inner self & his unconscious mind. And George Sakkal makes a compelling case in his book Cuvism: Cognitive Unconscious Visual Creativity that scientific studies show our unconscious mind is the…

ARTbreak: Art of Healing – Using Art Therapeutically

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

Art is a powerful tool for self-expression, self-reflection, communication, stress reduction, and healing. Gay Walker is an artist, art therapist, and retired Professor and Coordinator of Holistic Health and Wellness at Western Michigan University. She taught classes in expressive arts, illness/end of life, and holistic methods at WMU. She has focused on using art therapy…

ARTbreak: Jennifer Zona and Danny Giancaspro

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

Jennifer Zona deviates from the traditional methods of weaving, but still uses the roots of this ancient craft. Zona will discuss her methods, challenges, and how her use of recycled materials evolved into part of Alternative Grid #1. Alternative Grid #1 is a compilation of lines of sustainably sourced materials that were going to be…

ARTbreak: Inja Cho and Madeline Kaczmarczyk

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

The second WMAS ARTbreak will feature painter Inja Cho and 3-D artist Madeline Kaczmarczyk. Inja Cho’s art is about gratitude, appreciating all that has found her in her life and demonstrating gratitude the best way she knows. In Cho’s paintings, she tries to capture a sense of fluidity and of the transitory nature of life…

ARTbreak: Kristin Casaletto and Kae Pershon

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

For the final 2022 WMAS ARTbreak, printmaker Kristin Casaletto and photographer Kae Pershon will present their works. Kristin Casaletto’s art centers on socio-political challenges of 21st century life in a superpower nation, addressing power imbalances (racial, economic, gender) or perilous trends (nationalism, complacency) as she perceives them from within a working-class, mixed-race family. The work…