2021 West Michigan Area Show

June 4, 2021 - September 12, 2021

The highly anticipated and carefully selected exhibition of works drawing from hundreds of entries, across a 14-county region, will be on display at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts’ West Michigan Area Show until September 12, 2021. For over 60 years, this exhibition has showcased exceptional work in all media throughout West Michigan’s diverse and talented community of visual artists.

Each year, the KIA invites a professional artist or curator to the jury from over 500 entries featuring painting, prints and photography, mosaics, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture, and mixed-media works. This year’s juror is New York-based curator, Larry Ossei-Mensah.
Ossei-Mensah the co-founder of ARTNOIR, a non-profit global collective that designs experiences aimed to engage this generation’s dynamic and diverse creative class around the world via virtual and in-person experiences. He is the former Susanne Feld Hilberry Senior Curator at MOCAD in Detroit and currently serves as the Curator at-Large at the Brooklyn Academy of Museum, where he curated the NY Times heralded exhibition Let Freedom Ring in January 2021.


This exhibition is generously supported by David Isaacson in memory of his wife, Helen Sheridan.

Michael James, A Quick Stop in Yellowstone, acrylic on canvas
Russell Barneveld, Tree & Moss, archival inkjet print. Courtesy of the Artist.  Stone Peng, It's Springtime in a Rural Chinese Village, archival inkjet print. Courtesy of the Artist.  Cary Okoro, You Have Always Belonged to The Meadow, acrylic on canvas. Courtesy of the Artist.   

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