Join us once again as we celebrate art made by the youth of our community! This year, these two shows will be held jointly. Enjoyed by visitors of all ages, these shows have been a KIA tradition for over 40 years. We look forward to seeing our galleries filled with art from creative young talent.
Young Artists of Kalamazoo County features works by K-8 students from 11 counties and honors the dedication of public school art teachers. The High School Area Show welcomes submissions from all high school residents residing in Allegan, Barry, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph, and Van Buren counties. High school students can submit their work online through CaFE. The 2022 juror is Le Tran. Tran was awarded the honor of the 2021 National Secondary Art Educator of the Year by the National Art Education Association, and the 202 Secondary Art Educator of the Year and Overall Art Educator of the Year by the Michigan Art Education Association.
Participation makes artists eligible to win scholarships for summer programs and college scholarships. Last year, nearly $1 million in student support was awarded. Starting with the 2022 High School Area Show, there will be a new scholarship in memory of local art educator Doris Miller. Miller inspired art students as a Kalamazoo Public School art teacher and as an KPS Art Administrator for over 40 years.