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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Book Discussion

314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI

Edmund de Waal is a world-famous ceramicist. Having spent thirty years making beautiful pots which are then sold, collected, and handed on he has a particular sense of the secret lives of objects.

Earring Geometry

314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI

This workshop utilizes minimal tools and jewelry wire to create simple and impactful designs. Students will be introduced to wire working to create geometric hoops, custom earwires, and dangling focals using basic plier sets. Incorporating beads and found objects will also be covered. A suggested supply list may be obtained by contacting . $35 / Members:…

Intro to the Drop Spindle

Whether spinning has just piqued your interest or you’ve mastered the wheel and want something more portable, the drop spindle offers a simple, affordable, and compact tool for creating handspun yarn. In addition to the basics of spinning and plying on a drop spindle, students will be introduced to how weight, size, and design all…

Keum-Boo

Keum-Boo is a technique used to apply thin sheets of gold to silver. Learn how to apply Keum-Boo foil to a fine silver sheet using easily accessible household items.

ARTbreak

Colleen Woolpert The Kalamazoo-based artist and inventor invites us to do a double-take. An identical twin born on Halloween, she will share projects related to her uncanny life of directed serendipity, her practice of using wonder as a social activist tool, and her fascination with vision-including her current "In-Depth Kalamazoo" stereograph exhibitions.

2021 Virtual Arts Fair

314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI

Shop the Virtual Arts Fair, celebrating our 70th Annual Arts Fair.

Art Detectives

Virtual Event

Enjoy a wonderful Arty event hosted by Dorothy Chan and Lucy Yao, the musicians behind Chromic Duo.  They will blend classical music, toy pianos, and electronics into totally unique Art Detectives!  We will explore how music, art, and stories form together while reading Patience, Miyuki by Roxane Marie Gailliez and create a project inspired by…

Free

ARTbreak with Carol and Jeffrey Horvitz

Virtual Event

Collectors as well as champion art enthusiasts Carol and Jeffrey Horvitzes will be joining us to discuss their world renowned collection of Japanese ceramics currently on view at the KIA until June 17th. The Horvitzes have honored the KIA by lending their works to us for the exhibition From Earth and Fire, as well as…

Free

Book Discussion -The Queens of Animation

Virtual Event

The Queens of Animation: the Untold Story of the Women Who Transformed the World of Disney and Made Cinematic History by Nathalia Holt  presented by Aubrey Rogers- Animation instructor at Kalamazoo Valley Community College From Snow White to Moana, from Pinocchio to Frozen, the animated films of Walt Disney Studios have moved and entertained millions.…

Free

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

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…