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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Art Market

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo

Artists are taking over the KIA! The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is showcasing activities outside the South Street entrance, welcoming 9 artists for a one-time Art Market on Friday, August 6 from 11:30 am – 8:00 pm. Each artist booth will feature their work for purchase. In conjunction with popular Friday Downtown events like Lunchtime…

Free

ARTbreak: Printmaking and Pandemic Part II

Virtual Event

Did you miss Deborah Mattson’s Printmaking and Pandemic Part I? Don’t worry you can easily jump in and listen to Part II of this fascinating exploration of how printmakers throughout time have reacted to and portrayed pandemics. Reserve Your Ticket Zoom Link: http://us02web.zoom.us/j/85221124602?pwd=OWFSVHVCNlV4RjVzb3NoSjR4Ym1QUT09

Art Detectives: Toy Boat

Virtual Event

For the sunny summer month of August, the Art Detectives will read Toy Boat by Randall de Sève and Loren Long, and look at how artists have portrayed boats in the KIA collection. They will finish off by creating their own floating toy boat! Reserve Your Ticket Zoom Link: http://us02web.zoom.us/j/85829171841?pwd=dXdLdWVMbWdGYkxEVStLWWlBNW5mUT09 Meeting ID: 858 2917 1841 Passcode: 896470

Free

The Conservation of Paintings: Historical and Technical Discoveries

Virtual Event

Is it true that a painting conservator is also a detective? In Barry Bauman’s 46 years of experience treating and analyzing damaged paintings there have been some stand out moments for him. In this talk, Bauman will discuss the times that his practice led him to discover a previously hidden piece of art history. Join…

Free

ARTbreak: Evolution of an Artist

Virtual Event

Emily Wohlscheid is a multidisciplinary artist working in jewelry and fiber arts. She will talk about how the practice has evolved, how the public and her own perception of being a working artist has changed over time, and the many hats an artist has to wear that don't involve making art. Reserve Your Ticket  …

Free

ARTbreak: Local Sustainability

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo

Have you wanted to learn more about how you can lessen your environmental impact? Chris Dilley and Ben Brown from Kalamazoo’s People's Food Co-op have some tips for everyday ways to tread more lightly on the planet. Topics will range from transportation and homemaking to, of course, food! This ARTbreak is in connection with Ginny…

Free

Art Detectives: The Quiet Place

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo

Do you have a special place where you can enjoy the quiet? Arty Mouse will read The Quiet Place by author Sarah Stewart and illustrator David Small, a book about a little girl whose family emigrates from Mexico to the USA. This is not an Art Detectives to miss as participants will be joined by…

Free

Book Discussion

Virtual Event

The Whole Picture: The Colonial Story of the Art in Our Museums & Why We Need to Talk about It  by: Alice Procter If you think art history has to be pale, male and stale - think again. Should museums be made to give back their marbles? Is it even possible to 'decolonise' our galleries?…

Free

Transforming Art with Digital Technology

Virtual Event

Ginny Ruffner is pursuing the challenge of making a new beauty through the process of personal reflection and asking questions. She will show her pursuit of this challenge through projects where digital technology helped enable both beauty and reflective thought. In this unforgettable virtual experience, Ruffner will show some of her projects explaining both the…

Free

Ginny Ruffner: Tour & Reception, Members-Only

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo

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

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…