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ARTbreak: Emmy Kastner

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

Emmy Kastner is an author/illustrator of children’s books, including A Very Big Fall and the Nerdy Babies series. She is a former high school teacher and co-founder of the youth writing center Read and Write Kalamazoo. Kastner is excited to bring a discussion of picture books as an art form to ARTbreak, celebrating art and…

Annual Meeting

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

Help us thank Jack Michael, usher in Bill Parfet as new KIA Board Chair, and celebrate another successful year together. All members should attend.

Book Discussion: Shape-ups at Delilah’s

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

Shape-ups at Delilah’s is a short story by Rion Amilcar Scott, first published in the October 2019 issue of The New Yorker Magazine, and in Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2020. The story takes place in the world of Crossriver, a town and characters created by Scott in his other publications. The town’s premise…

Unmasking Masculinity: A Curatorial Conversation

314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI

Join Rehema Barber and Larry Ossei-Mensah for an inside look at the KIA’s newest exhibition: Unmasking Masculinity for the 21st Century. Barber and Ossei-Mensah, who are co-curators for the exhibition, will offer insight into how this exhibition transformed from an idea to an installation. They will share the successes, challenges, and unexpected surprises they encountered.…

Unmasking Masculinity for the 21st Century Exhibition Opening Celebration

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

Celebrate the opening of Unmasking Masculinity in the 21st Century. 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. Opening reception 6:15 to 9 p.m. Galleries open, cash bar, live music, and activities   IMAGE: Alex Katz, Portrait of a Poet: Kenneth Koch, 1970, lithograph. Collection of Kalamazoo Institute of Arts; Director's Fund purchase.   Celebration catering sponsored by:

Everyone is a Member Day!

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

Celebrate the opening of Unmasking Masculinity for the 21st Century with us! Everyone is invited to enjoy a day filled with art-making, performances, a gallery guide designed to help families explore the exhibition, and lots of fun!

ARTbreak: Second Act with Robert Morris

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

Inspired by the crystalline glazes on display in Balancing the Cosmos: Works by Li Hongwei? Come listen to Robert Morris, a local artist and expert, who also uses this challenging glaze technique. After his early retirement, Morris began exploring art. He was hooked on ceramics after one class. Many more classes followed and he discovered…

avery r. young & de deacon board at the KIA

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

Interdisciplinary-artist avery r. young and his funk soul associates de deacon board present a sound monument for blk: and male-maleness dissecting the term/word BOY. With language, sound, and movement the performance merges personal, fictional, and historical narratives. This work will include the premier of baar which is a new aria from his upcoming opera, Safronia.*…

ARTbreak: Colleen Woolpert – Double Take

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

Recipient of the Kalamazoo Book Arts Award in the 2022 West Michigan Area Show, interdisciplinary artist Colleen Woolpert invites the audience to do a double-take in her upcoming presentation. As 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…

Men and Their Environments

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

Join Richard Lou, whose work is featured in Unmasking Masculinity, Kalamazoo-based sculptor Brent Harris, and moderator Michael Stone-Richards for an examination of the important role that the land plays in their work. Our environments are central to how we think about ourselves and our place in the world. These three unique voices come together to…

Art Detectives: There’s a Ghost in this Museum!

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

Ghosts don’t have to be spooky — they can be nice or your friend. Arty will read There’s a Ghost in this House by Oliver Jeffers, create a ghost-like artwork inspired by the museum, and then go on a spooky hunt for art through the galleries. Reserve Your In-person Ticket

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Sunday Drop-in Tour

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

Unmasking Masculinity for the 21st Century