Past Exhibitions at the KIA
|Young Artists of Kalamazoo County
March 25 - April 15, 2017
Every year, art teachers in the Kalamazoo County schools (private, public, and charter schools) submit a selection of works produced by their students, featured in an exhibition that is a delight to behold. In one of our most popular shows each year, the KIA's galleries are filled with the most creative, colorful, whimsical art by young artists from kindergarten through eighth grades.
|Luminescence: From Salvage to Seascape, Sculpture by Sayaka Ganz
November 19, 2016 - March 19, 2017
See a gallery transformed into a magical, "underwater" installation of colorful and glowing "fish, jellies, and coral" by Sayaka Ganz. Guided by sensitivity to the environment and human habits of discarding objects, Ganz rescues and repurposes plastic utensils and household items as the material of her sculptural creations. Slotted spoons and colanders gain a second life as luminescent sea creatures that invite us to reexamine our relationship to the natural world, perhaps with special attention to the problem of plastics washing into our oceans. Visitors to Environmental Impact (Spring 2014) will recall Ganz's trio of suspended, swimming polar bears. This installation will be designed specifically for the Joy Light Gallery of Asian Art by the artist.
|Out of the Fire: Masterworks of Ceramics
January 14 - March 12, 2017
Although we may think of ceramics as a material used to create functional objects like vases, bowls, plates, and mugs, in the mid-20th century, ceramics moved from a traditional craft form to a material used to create unique sculptural works of art. This exhibition features work by some of the finest ceramic artists in the U.S.--Peter Voulkos, Ruth Duckworth, Rudy Autio, Paul Soldner, Don Reitz, Otto and Vivika Heino, and others--who marked the emergence of the American Studio Ceramics Movement.
|Wadada Leo Smith: Ankhrasmation, The Language Scores, 1967-2015
October 15 - March 5, 2017
Can a musical score be a work of visual art? Trumpeter, composer, educator, and visual artist Wadada Leo Smith is a pioneer in the fields of contemporary jazz and creative music. During the 1960s and early '70s, Smith was based in Chicago, where he was a key member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Music (AACM), and embraced the discourse between improvised and formally scored music. Ankhrasmation is the systemic musical language that Smith developed over his career, and his scores represent the composition with color, line, and shape, providing instruction for the seasoned improviser, while allowing musicians room for their own expertise and individual strengths.
Organized by the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, the exhibition is curated by John Corbett and Hamza Walker.
|Poetry of Content: Five Contemporary Representational Artists
November 5, 2016 - February 19, 2017
Painter and Syracuse University art professor Jerome Witkin has been a champion of representation. Poetry of Content is his celebration of artists who share his interest. The exhibition celebrates realist painting styles that reflect classical drawing and painting techniques with five artists: Bill Murphy, Gillian Pederson-Krag, Joel Sheesley, Tim Lowly, and Robert Birmelin.
He writes, The exhibition title, Poetry and Content describes what I think the public and student artists will discover when they examine works by these mature creators, who share their poetry with us, and continue, regardless of the neglect of museums and critics, to persevere."
Organized by the Syracuse University Art Collection.
|Scaled up: Sculpture by Marcia Wood
October 1-December 31, 2016
Always focused on human-scale experiences, Marcia Wood (1933-2000) sculpted visual metaphors for personal relationships to community, nature, and architecture. Among Kalamazoo's most accomplished sculptors, Wood sought an alternative to the intimidating, minimalist sculpture that she saw dominating public plazas and parks in the latter part of the 20th century. Her public art encouraged public interaction, rewarding not only distant views but also inviting intimate, close-up examination. In large and small scale, her work distilled fundamental human relationships and basic elements of nature into sculptural forms.