Upcoming Exhibitions at the KIA

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High School Area Show and 6th District Congressional Art Competition
April 29 - June 4, 2017

This annual juried exhibition celebrates the work of high school artists (18 years or younger, grades 9-12) residing in Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph, and Van Buren counties. Students who qualify may concurrently enter the 6th District Congressional Art Competition, and the winner will receive a trip to Washington DC to see his/her art on view in the U.S. Capitol.

Work shown: Self portrait by Chelsea Whelham, Portage Central High School

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Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist
June 17 - September 10, 2017
Kay WalkingStick (b. 1935), a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, is one of the country's most celebrated artists of Native American ancestry. For nearly half a century, she has explored her own hybrid cultural identity through her art and life. Featuring more than 65 of her most notable paintings, drawings, small sculptures, notebooks, and the diptychs for which she is best known, the exhibition traces her career over more than four decades and culminates with her recent paintings of monumental landscapes and Native places.

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Our People, Our Land, Our Images
July 15 - October 22, 2017

An important exhibition of 51 works by 26 indigenous photographers from throughout the US, Canada, Peru, and New Zealand, who explore the dynamic field of indigenous photography and demonstrate the importance of viewing Native peoples through their own eyes. Styles vary from traditional documentary photographs to altered images combining overlays and collage, but each image, paired with the artist's statement, conveys connections to the artist's land, tradition, and community

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Kirk Newman Faculty Review
September 30-December 31, 2017

An biennial, juried exhibition of work by artists who teach at the KIA art school. Work in a variety of mediums by 40+ artist-educators will highlight the diverse range of talent behind the year-round courses available at the KIA. Visitors can also learn more about the facilities and course offerings at the Kirk Newman Art School. Expect fine artwork in ceramics, painting, jewelry, photography, and many more mediums, by award-winning artists. This show reminds us that the KIA is a landmark institution, where you can learn to appreciate the visual arts in our exhibitions and collections and also feed your creative soul by taking art classes.

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Circular Abstractions: Bull's Eye Quilts
September 23, 2017-January 21, 2018

The exhibition features 51 quilts by an array of artists that improvise around the Bull's Eye pattern: a four quadrant design with a bull's eye at the center of each quarter. Color and design become the focus of a dazzling array of quilts inspired by the innovations of legendary fine art quilt-maker Nancy Crow. Juried from submissions provided by an invitational list of artists, including artists from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and Canada, the exhibition focuses on the dynamic potential of the fine art quilt and the individual creativity of the quiltmaker.

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