Stephen Hansen: You Are Here

June 18, 2022 - August 28, 2022

Perhaps you have made a project out of papier-mâché before, but did you ever think you would see something made out of papier-mâché in a museum? What about a whole gallery filled with papier-mâché sculptures? This summer, the KIA’s Upjohn Mason Grandchildren’s Gallery will be filled with the work of Stephen Hansen, an artist, and educator who once lived in Kalamazoo. In fact, a print called You Are Here celebrates Hansen’s time in West Michigan. This piece, like everything he creates, reveals something about Hansen’s life story. Stephen Hansen: You Are Here showcases large-scale sculptures that depict humans, animals, and hybrid figures with the features of both people and animals. Learn more about the artist, explore the process of creating with papier-mâché, and find humor in the imaginative sculptures of Stephen Hansen.

Stephen Hansen, You Are Here, 1992, color etching. Collection of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts; Gift of the artist.