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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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.

Bowl and Sun Catcher-Kiln Fused Glass

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

Explore kiln-fused glass art! Make a 5” or 4”x6” slumped bowl and a window hanging sun catcher using beautiful transparent and opaque glass, frit, confetti and stringer.

Unveiling American Genius

314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI

This reimagining of the KIA permanent collection will illuminate the ingenuity and innovation that arise from all corners of American society. Unveiling American Genius demonstrates our commitment to an increasingly more inclusive and diverse representation of American artists within our holdings. The exhibition will explore key stories that women, African Americans, Latinx and other artists…

Precious Metal Clay/Fine Silver, Sterling Silver and Bronze

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

Explore Metal Clay and make a variety of beautiful pieces of jewelry. Create several pieces of jewelry including earrings, pendants, beads, charms, and embellishments that will be kiln fired

Advanced Practices with Colored Pencils

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

Love colored pencils but not the tedious, time-consuming process? Learn how to create painterly effects quickly using Prismacolor Art Stix and solvents!

Zine Workshop!

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

Do you have something you want to share? Make a zine! A zine is a self-published booklet that often covers a single topic with the purpose of sharing information. Zine is short for magazine, and typically these small texts are fun to make, inexpensive to produce, and easy to distribute.

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