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.

Art Detectives

Virtual Event

How many ways can an artist draw a cat? Let’s see how many ways Brian Wenzel can in his book They All Saw a Cat, and then look at cats within the KIA collection. Finally learn how to create you own versions of cats.  How many can you think of and create? ARTY THE ART…

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ARTbreak Beverly Pepper

Virtual Event

Amber Oudsema, Curator of Arts Education at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, will be taking time to speak about the life and art of Beverly Pepper. Her work Torre Pieno nel Vuot II featured in the KIAs permanent collection: Unveiling American Genius currently on view until December 2022. Take an ARTbreak from your busy…

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ARTbreak: Printmaking and Pandemic Part II

Virtual Event

Did you miss Deborah Mattson’s Printmaking and Pandemic Part I? Don’t worry you can easily jump in and listen to Part II of this fascinating exploration of how printmakers throughout time have reacted to and portrayed pandemics. Reserve Your Ticket Zoom Link: http://us02web.zoom.us/j/85221124602?pwd=OWFSVHVCNlV4RjVzb3NoSjR4Ym1QUT09

Art Detectives: Toy Boat

Virtual Event

For the sunny summer month of August, the Art Detectives will read Toy Boat by Randall de Sève and Loren Long, and look at how artists have portrayed boats in the KIA collection. They will finish off by creating their own floating toy boat! Reserve Your Ticket Zoom Link: http://us02web.zoom.us/j/85829171841?pwd=dXdLdWVMbWdGYkxEVStLWWlBNW5mUT09 Meeting ID: 858 2917 1841 Passcode: 896470

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The Conservation of Paintings: Historical and Technical Discoveries

Virtual Event

Is it true that a painting conservator is also a detective? In Barry Bauman’s 46 years of experience treating and analyzing damaged paintings there have been some stand out moments for him. In this talk, Bauman will discuss the times that his practice led him to discover a previously hidden piece of art history. Join…

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ARTbreak: Evolution of an Artist

Virtual Event

Emily Wohlscheid is a multidisciplinary artist working in jewelry and fiber arts. She will talk about how the practice has evolved, how the public and her own perception of being a working artist has changed over time, and the many hats an artist has to wear that don't involve making art. Reserve Your Ticket  …

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Book Discussion

Virtual Event

The Whole Picture: The Colonial Story of the Art in Our Museums & Why We Need to Talk about It  by: Alice Procter If you think art history has to be pale, male and stale - think again. Should museums be made to give back their marbles? Is it even possible to 'decolonise' our galleries?…

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Transforming Art with Digital Technology

Virtual Event

Ginny Ruffner is pursuing the challenge of making a new beauty through the process of personal reflection and asking questions. She will show her pursuit of this challenge through projects where digital technology helped enable both beauty and reflective thought. In this unforgettable virtual experience, Ruffner will show some of her projects explaining both the…

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ARTbreak: Illustrating the Natural World

Virtual Event

Olivia Mendoza creates illustrative work based on the natural world, focusing on the details of botanicals, insects, animal life and anatomy. She will be discussing what inspires her personal incentive behind each piece and views on how to approach criticism and motivation in personal work. Reserve Your Ticket Zoom Link: http://us02web.zoom.us/j/88588300358?pwd=K0RsUHVoeGhCZnBYQUNsUS90SmJ0Zz09 Meeting ID: 885 8830…

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WomanUp & Celebrate Executive Director Belinda Tate

Virtual Event

Michigan Woman Forward, a public statewide foundation devoted to the economic and personal well-being of Michigan women and girls, is honoring the KIA's Executive Director Belinda Tate as a 2021 Women of Courage & Achievement! From Michigan Woman Forward:  Introducing one of our honorees, Belinda Tate. Belinda is Executive Director for the Kalamazoo Institute of…

Forging Islamic Science

Virtual Event

Nir Shafir, Ph.D. Assistant Professor (tenure track) Department of History  University of California, San Diego “As fakes and fictions enter our digital bloodstream, they start to replace the original images, and transform our …notions of what actually was the science of the past.”  Dr. Shafir reveals the many ways forged paintings undermine Islamic science and our…

Book Discussion

Virtual Event

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer From the publisher -  Drawing on her life as an indigenous scientist, a mother, and a woman, Kimmerer shows how other living beings—asters and goldenrod, strawberries and squash, salamanders, algae, and sweetgrass—offer us gifts and lessons, even if we’ve forgotten…

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