Unveiling American Genius

March 1, 2021 - December 31, 2023

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 have told about our culture, art, and history.

Within this unique long-term presentation, viewers will see abstract and contemporary works, and reflections on traditional genres of painting, such as landscapes, still-lifes, and portraiture.

Hung Liu, Lady Lotus, 2016, mixed media on panel. Collection of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts; Joy Light East Asian Art Acquisition and Exhibition Fund purchase.
Adia Millet (American, 1975 -), Transition Two, 2019, acrylic and glitter on panel. Elisabeth Claire Lahti Fund Purchase. Jeff Sonhouse (American, 1968 -), Conceived In A Seamstress' Garden, 2020, acrylic on canvas, collage, metal wire on canvas. David and Muriel Gregg Fund purchase Deborah Butterfield (American, 1949-), Hoku (Untitled.2411), 2001, bronze. Purchase: Acquired through the generosity of an anonymous donor Kay WalkingStick (American/Cherokee Nation, b.1935), North Rim Clouds, oil on wood panel, Elisabeth Claire Lahti Fund purchase.  

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