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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Ginny Ruffner: Tour & Reception, Members-Only

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

The KIA Board of Directors invites you to join them for a reality-bending presentation of Ginny Ruffner’s complex fusion of fine glass blowing, augmented reality, and drawing. The event is only for members of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. Become a member online.  5:30 p.m. Reception & Welcome 6 p.m. Galleries Open Ginny Ruffner: Reforestation…

ARTbreak: Illustrating the Natural World

Virtual Event

Olivia Mendoza creates illustrative work based on the natural world, focusing on the details of botanicals, insects, animal life and anatomy. She will be discussing what inspires her personal incentive behind each piece and views on how to approach criticism and motivation in personal work. Reserve Your Ticket Zoom Link: http://us02web.zoom.us/j/88588300358?pwd=K0RsUHVoeGhCZnBYQUNsUS90SmJ0Zz09 Meeting ID: 885 8830…

Free

2021 Annual Meeting

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

Usher in new board members and hear directly from KIA senior staff and the board of directors. All current members are invited to attend. Be sure your mailing address is up to date to receive your special invitation, rsvp, and proxy voting ballot. Don't forget to RSVP 5:30-6 pm Reception 6-7:15 pm  Meeting Not a…

WomanUp & Celebrate Executive Director Belinda Tate

Virtual Event

Michigan Woman Forward, a public statewide foundation devoted to the economic and personal well-being of Michigan women and girls, is honoring the KIA's Executive Director Belinda Tate as a 2021 Women of Courage & Achievement! From Michigan Woman Forward:  Introducing one of our honorees, Belinda Tate. Belinda is Executive Director for the Kalamazoo Institute of…

ARTbreak: Visual Thinking Strategies

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

“What is going on in this picture? What do you see that makes you say that? What more can we find?” These three questions form the backbone of Visual Thinking Strategies, a critical thinking practice that provides a foundation for lifelong learning and communication skills. Guests will actively participate in an unique and exciting ARTbreak…

Free

Art Detectives: Have You Ever Seen a Flower?

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

Have you ever seen a flower? I mean, really seen a flower? That’s the question Arty Mouse will be asking the Art Detectives this month! Come to the KIA to read this story and then look and see  the secret  augmented reality flowers in Ginny Ruffner: Reforestation of the Imagination! Reserve Your Ticket

Free

Forging Islamic Science

Virtual Event

Nir Shafir, Ph.D. Assistant Professor (tenure track) Department of History  University of California, San Diego “As fakes and fictions enter our digital bloodstream, they start to replace the original images, and transform our …notions of what actually was the science of the past.”  Dr. Shafir reveals the many ways forged paintings undermine Islamic science and our…

Rock, Paper, Scissors: Chinese Art at the Crow Museum of Asian Art

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

Inaugural Joy Light Annual Lecture in East Asian Art featuring Dr. Jacqueline Chao   Originating in China, "rock paper scissors" is a hand game used to fairly settle disputes or make decisions. Referencing the game of “rock paper scissors” as a playful metaphor,  Dr. Jacqueline Chao, Senior Curator of Asian Art at the Crow Museum…

Free

ARTbreak: Chinese Decorated Letter Papers

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

Yifan Li is a Ph.D. student specializing in modern Chinese art and visual culture at The Ohio State University. Li’s current research centers on materiality and transnationality, the artistic exchange between China and the U.S., and art and politics in Mao-era China. His lecture will examine an early twentieth-century collection of Chinese decorated letter papers.…

Free

Book Discussion

Virtual Event

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer From the publisher -  Drawing on her life as an indigenous scientist, a mother, and a woman, Kimmerer shows how other living beings—asters and goldenrod, strawberries and squash, salamanders, algae, and sweetgrass—offer us gifts and lessons, even if we’ve forgotten…

Free

Motawi Tileworks Show and Sale

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

Located in Ann Arbor, Mich., Motawi Tileworks (The Tileworks) makes handcrafted tile as art pieces and for residential and commercial installations. Owner and Artistic Director Nawal Motawi began creating historically inspired tiles in her garage and selling them at the local farmers market. Demand for her work grew, and in 1992 Motawi formed The Tileworks,…

Talk from the owner of Motawi Tileworks

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

Owner and Artistic Director Nawal Motawi began creating her artistic tiles in her garage and sold them at farmer's markets. In 1992, Motawi formed The Tileworks, which came to specialize in Art Nouveau, Arts and Crafts, and Mid Century Modern aesthetics. She will be holding a talk on her artistic journey in the KIA's auditorium.…