Striving to share our love of art with the community, the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts regularly organizes a number of exciting events. Whether you’re interested in joining one of our art classes, you’d like to explore the world of portrait photography, or any number of other topics, be sure to view our calendar below to learn about the events that we have planned.

ArtHop

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

Guests are invited to visit the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts for free. Local artists' exhibition, the West Michigan Area Show, will be on view. Families can also decorate a birthday card to celebrate the KIA's 97th birthday, and enjoy a free yummy treat, while supplies last.

Free

Art Market

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

Artists are taking over the KIA! The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is showcasing activities outside the South Street entrance, welcoming 9 artists for a one-time Art Market on Friday, August 6 from 11:30 am – 8:00 pm. Each artist booth will feature their work for purchase. In conjunction with popular Friday Downtown events like Lunchtime…

Free

ARTbreak: Local Sustainability

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

Have you wanted to learn more about how you can lessen your environmental impact? Chris Dilley and Ben Brown from Kalamazoo’s People's Food Co-op have some tips for everyday ways to tread more lightly on the planet. Topics will range from transportation and homemaking to, of course, food! This ARTbreak is in connection with Ginny…

Free

Art Detectives: The Quiet Place

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

Do you have a special place where you can enjoy the quiet? Arty Mouse will read The Quiet Place by author Sarah Stewart and illustrator David Small, a book about a little girl whose family emigrates from Mexico to the USA. This is not an Art Detectives to miss as participants will be joined by…

Free

Ginny Ruffner: Tour & Reception, Members-Only

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

The KIA Board of Directors invites you to join them for a reality-bending presentation of Ginny Ruffner’s complex fusion of fine glass blowing, augmented reality, and drawing. The event is only for members of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. Become a member online.  5:30 p.m. Reception & Welcome 6 p.m. Galleries Open Ginny Ruffner: Reforestation…

2021 Annual Meeting

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

Usher in new board members and hear directly from KIA senior staff and the board of directors. All current members are invited to attend. Be sure your mailing address is up to date to receive your special invitation, rsvp, and proxy voting ballot. Don't forget to RSVP 5:30-6 pm Reception 6-7:15 pm  Meeting Not a…

ARTbreak: Visual Thinking Strategies

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

“What is going on in this picture? What do you see that makes you say that? What more can we find?” These three questions form the backbone of Visual Thinking Strategies, a critical thinking practice that provides a foundation for lifelong learning and communication skills. Guests will actively participate in an unique and exciting ARTbreak…

Free

Art Detectives: Have You Ever Seen a Flower?

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

Have you ever seen a flower? I mean, really seen a flower? That’s the question Arty Mouse will be asking the Art Detectives this month! Come to the KIA to read this story and then look and see  the secret  augmented reality flowers in Ginny Ruffner: Reforestation of the Imagination! Reserve Your Ticket

Free

Rock, Paper, Scissors: Chinese Art at the Crow Museum of Asian Art

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

Inaugural Joy Light Annual Lecture in East Asian Art featuring Dr. Jacqueline Chao   Originating in China, "rock paper scissors" is a hand game used to fairly settle disputes or make decisions. Referencing the game of “rock paper scissors” as a playful metaphor,  Dr. Jacqueline Chao, Senior Curator of Asian Art at the Crow Museum…

Free

ARTbreak: Chinese Decorated Letter Papers

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

Yifan Li is a Ph.D. student specializing in modern Chinese art and visual culture at The Ohio State University. Li’s current research centers on materiality and transnationality, the artistic exchange between China and the U.S., and art and politics in Mao-era China. His lecture will examine an early twentieth-century collection of Chinese decorated letter papers.…

Free

Motawi Tileworks Show and Sale

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

Located in Ann Arbor, Mich., Motawi Tileworks (The Tileworks) makes handcrafted tile as art pieces and for residential and commercial installations. Owner and Artistic Director Nawal Motawi began creating historically inspired tiles in her garage and selling them at the local farmers market. Demand for her work grew, and in 1992 Motawi formed The Tileworks,…

Talk from the owner of Motawi Tileworks

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

Owner and Artistic Director Nawal Motawi began creating her artistic tiles in her garage and sold them at farmer's markets. In 1992, Motawi formed The Tileworks, which came to specialize in Art Nouveau, Arts and Crafts, and Mid Century Modern aesthetics. She will be holding a talk on her artistic journey in the KIA's auditorium.…