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An Evening with Conrad Egyir

Virtual Event

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…

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

“The Dance of Social Justice” is a lecture-demonstration which Wilkins has designed to be an introduction to his background and his journey of art and social justice practices leading to his RADicle project, “The Conversation Series: Stitching the Geopolitical Quilt to Re-Body Belonging.” “The Conversation Series” culminates in a multi-media performance and is tailor-made to…

ARTbreak: Centering Diverse and Authentic Cultural Voices in a Museum Gallery

Virtual Event

Museums are colonial institutions that traditionally prioritized academic knowledge and devalued traditional knowledge and lived experience. They have historically marginalized communities by hoarding their cultural objects while holding themselves up as the arbiters of cultural greatness. Current calls to action to address internal structures of racism in museums have inspired an uptick in hiring BIPOC staff for senior leadership positions,…

Kalamazoo Art League: Artist as Curator-Taking Your Show on the Road

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

Known for her curation of thought-provoking traveling exhibitions, Reni Gower will take us behind the scenes and show us how she brings exhibitions to life. Gower is a visual artist, curator, and educator, whose award-winning work in painting and multimedia has been represented in many prestigious collections both nationally and internationally.   Supported by the…

Postponed: 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 Richardson. 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…

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…