Past Exhibitions at the KIA
|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.
|Poetry of Content: Five Contemporary Representational Artists
November 5, 2016 - February 19, 2017
With more than 40 years as a painter and art professor at Syracuse University, Jerome Witkin has been a champion of representation. Poetry of Content is his examination and celebration of artists who share his interest. The exhibition celebrates realist painting styles that reflect classical drawing and painting techniques with five artists who continue to "hone to perfection a body of work that I feel will last beyond our time": Bill Murphy, Gillian Pederson-Krag, Joel Sheesley, Tim Lowly, and Robert Birmelin.
He writes, "With a few exceptions, there appears to be little interest in recognizable pictures that incorporate a realistic visual space, modelled figures and natural surroundings. The exhibition title, Poetry and Content describes what I think the public and student artists will discover when they examine the works by these mature creators. Unlike the great majority of the art world's 'favorites,' these five share their poetry with us. They continue, regardless of the neglect of museums and critics, to persevere."
Organized by the Syracuse University Art Collection.