UnReeled: Best of the Kazoo 48-Hour Film Festival

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

Visit the KIA to see which films were selected as highlighted works and award winners during this year's Kazoo 48-Hour Film Festival!  In this annual Kalamazoo event, filmmakers were assigned a genre, prop, character quirk, location, and line of dialogue to use within a short film, created in just 48 hours. Winning films were selected…

ArtBreak: Simon Pokagon’s Birch Bark Stories

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI, United States
Hybrid Hybrid Event

Originally published in 1893 and 1901, Simon Pokagon’s birch bark stories were printed on thinly peeled and elegantly bound birch bark. In Dr. Blaire Morseau’s 2023 book, As Sacred to Us: Simon Pokagon’s Birch Bark Stories in Their Contexts, these rare booklets are reprinted with new essays that set the stories in cultural, linguistic, historical,…

Artful Evening: Blue Landscapes

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI, United States
Hybrid Hybrid Event

Michigan photographer Emily J. Gómez will share her work in New Cyanotype, explaining how and why she uses this handmade blueprint process. Through the series Unearthed, she investigates places where Native American towns in the Southeast and Midwest once prospered and considers what they have become. Her latest series, titled Cumberland Island: Land, Water, Wind,…

Juneteenth Community Day

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

Join the KIA as we remember Juneteenth, which is a holiday that commemorates the abolishment of slavery in the United States. Free general admission on June 15, 2024.  11:00 am to 5:00 pm: Explore the Museum Use a gallery guide to learn more about African American artists in the KIA’s collection. 11:15 am: Art Detectives…

Art Detectives: Tar Beach

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

by Faith Ringgold As Art Detectives and their caregivers commemorate Juneteenth at the KIA, join us at 11:15am for a reading of Tar Beach by multi-disciplinary artist, writer, and activist Faith Ringgold. No registration needed.

ArtBreak: West Michigan Area Show Artist Highlight

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI, United States
Hybrid Hybrid Event

Join us for an artist’s talk and live demonstration with Jeffrey Bohl, whose sculpture Ellie is featured in the 2024 West Michigan Area Show! Bohl has been creating bronze sculptures for over 16 years, exhibiting along the way in numerous regional competitions and in several individual shows. He pours most of his bronzes in his own…

Book Discussion: Poet Warrior

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

by Joy Harjo Joy Harjo, the first native american to be named the United States Poet Laureate, chronicles a sweeping view of ancestry, storytelling, and memory told through her signature lyrical poetry and prose. Harjo cites the teachers that forced her to fight battles throughout her life and surrounds them with compassion and understanding, sometimes…

ArtBreak: The Anniversary Show: Exploring Works from the Joy and Timothy Light Collection

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI, United States
Hybrid Hybrid Event

Learn more about works featured in The Anniversary Show: Promised Gifts from the Joy and Timothy Light Collection with Dr. Mary-Louise Totton. This exhibition delves into the artistic heritage of China and Japan by exploring a variety of media, including ink paintings, calligraphy, and woodblock prints. Presented in collaboration with prominent local collectors Joy and…

ArtBridges Access for All

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

As part of the KIA's mission to cultivate the creation and appreciation of the visual arts in West Michigan, we are proud to be working with Art Bridges Foundation to increase access to museums and foster engagement with local audiences. Enjoy free general admission at the KIA every fourth Thursday of the month, featuring extended…

ArtBreak: West Michigan Area Show Artist Highlight

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI, United States
Hybrid Hybrid Event

During this ArtBreak, meet local artists Vicki Nelson and Michael Pfleghaar, whose paintings are featured in the 2024 West Michigan Area Show! Vicki Nelson’s painting The Howards was selected for this year’s Art League Award. As an artist, Nelson is interested in how humans interact with their environments. In her work, she seeks to examine…

Art Detectives: While You’re Asleep

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

by Emmy Kastner Join us at 10:30am to kick off KIA Centennial Community Day with a special Art Detectives! Beloved local children’s book author Emmy Kastner will read her new book and guide participants in a drawing activity. Attendees will also create an animal mask and self-explore the galleries. Registration not needed.

Silent Book Club

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

Join us for quiet reading time in the galleries. We will provide seating and space to kick back and read a book. Bring your own book or check something out from the Meader Fine Arts Library!