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Nonmember Class Registration Opens

314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI

Class registration opens Monday, August 1 at 8 a.m. for nonmembers. The Kirk Newman Art School offers classes and workshops from beginner to advanced levels in a variety of categories.

ARTbreak: Jennifer Zona and Danny Giancaspro

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

Jennifer Zona deviates from the traditional methods of weaving, but still uses the roots of this ancient craft. Zona will discuss her methods, challenges, and how her use of recycled materials evolved into part of Alternative Grid #1. Alternative Grid #1 is a compilation of lines of sustainably sourced materials that were going to be…

Art Detectives at the Library

Local Libraries MI

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is bringing the Art Detectives to your local library. Best for ages 4-8, Arty Mouse will read Blob by Anne Appert. Arty will also share some of his favorite works from the KIA's collection and help you make your own work of art. Together, we will discover that Blob -…

Art Detectives: Shaped by her Hands – Potter Maria Martinez

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

Art Detectives will read Shaped by her Hands: Potter Maria Martinez by Anna Harber Freeman and Barbara Gonzalez, before making a craft with Arty Mouse. The most renowned Native American Indian potter of her time, Maria Povika Martinez learned pottery as a child under the guiding hands of her ko-ōo, her aunt. She grew up to…

Unreeled: Movie Night

314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI

Get to know more about artist Bill Traylor beyond seeing his work in Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem with Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts. Born enslaved on an Alabama plantation, Traylor witnessed major changes during his lifetime that influenced his artistic process. Traylor is regarded as one of the greatest self-taught artists…

ARTbreak: Inja Cho and Madeline Kaczmarczyk

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

The second WMAS ARTbreak will feature painter Inja Cho and 3-D artist Madeline Kaczmarczyk. Inja Cho’s art is about gratitude, appreciating all that has found her in her life and demonstrating gratitude the best way she knows. In Cho’s paintings, she tries to capture a sense of fluidity and of the transitory nature of life…

ARTbreak: Kristin Casaletto and Kae Pershon

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

For the final 2022 WMAS ARTbreak, printmaker Kristin Casaletto and photographer Kae Pershon will present their works. Kristin Casaletto’s art centers on socio-political challenges of 21st century life in a superpower nation, addressing power imbalances (racial, economic, gender) or perilous trends (nationalism, complacency) as she perceives them from within a working-class, mixed-race family. The work…

ARTbreak: Conceptual Realism

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI
Virtual Event Hybrid Event

Douglas Dykehouse will show his paintings and discuss Conceptual Realism, a term used in philosophy and in art to describe how reality is perceived. It’s also a label for a conscious or unconscious approach to painting. Dykehouse’s career as a fine art and commercial art instructor influences what he creates. His painting Obsession, from the…

Art Detectives: A Very Big Fall with Author Emmy Kastner

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

Have you ever been afraid of something familiar changing into something new? Arty Mouse and the Art Detectives will explore this idea with special guest author Emmy Kastner. Kastner, author of the beloved Nerdy Babies books, will join us at this very cool Art Detectives to launch her newest book, A Very Big Fall. Reserve…

ARTbreak: Contemporary Ceramics and the Chinese Worldview with Dr. Andrew Maske

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI
Virtual Event Hybrid Event

China is the origin of most of the world’s most important historical ceramic advancements. Blessed with a wide range of outstanding raw materials, Chinese craftspeople developed the technical abilities to produce beautiful functional ceramics that were prized around the world. Beginning in the 19th century, however, Chinese dominance in ceramics was challenged by advancements in…