Always Something New To View in Kalamazoo

At the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Art is Dynamic.

Posted: July 19, 2011
Source: Farrell Howe
Job Title: Marketing & PR Coordinator
Phone: (269) 349-7775 ext. 3112

KIA South Street Entrance

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is well known for bringing a consistent variety of exhibitions to Kalamazoo. But did you know that its Permanent Collection is also constantly evolving?

Many visitors to the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts are unaware that the lower level galleries feature hundreds of works of art from the KIA's Permanent Collection. Significant works by Alexander Calder, William Merritt Chase, Dale Chihuly, Richard Diebenkorn, Janet Fish, Helen Frankenthaler, Franz Kline and Andy Warhol are on display, and whether you prefer painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics or photography, there is something for every artistic taste to enjoy!

Recently, the KIA refreshed two of our galleries:

The Sara Lynn Markin Gallery has been reconfigured to present some of our most prestigious works-paintings by Thomas Eakins, Joseph Stella, Richard Diebenkorn, Franz Kline, David Park, Miriam Schapiro, Hughie Lee-Smith, and Richard Pousette-Dart, sculpture by Peter Voulkos and glass by L. C. Tiffany -- alongside some works that are new or seldom exhibited. Our engaging drawing by Norman Rockwell, our pastel by Mary Cassatt, our large watercolor by Sondra Freckleton are seldom on view because they are susceptible to fading from overexposure to light. And a number of works that are new to the collection are featured -- paintings by Milton Avery and Robert Gwathmey, two important modern American painters, and works on paper by Diego Rivera, Arshile Gorky, Karl Zerbe, Salvador Dali, and Everett Shinn.

Adjacent to the Markin Gallery, the Ward H. Nay Gallery has also been reinstalled. Some works are familiar highlights from our 20th-century collection -- works by William Bailey, Jack Beal, Janet Fish, Lorna Simpson, Frank Stella -- as well as a number of works that will be new to our visitors. Along with large works on paper by Kalamazoo artist Bernard Palchick, Andy Warhol, and Robert Stackhouse and a glass piece by Dale Chihuly, a number of recent gifts and purchases are being shown for the first time -- a print by Kiki Smith, a painting by Colleen Browning, ceramics by Chris Gustin, Jack Troy, and Seth Green, and a glass sculpture by Dominick Labino.

For the recent gifts to the Collection, the KIA is especially grateful to the following donors:

Gail and Frank Hanson (South Haven, MI)

  • Aaron Bohrod, Untitled (woman), n.d., ink and watercolor on paper Colleen Browning Tourist
  • Louis Bosa, Untitled, n.d., ink on paper

Maria Zerbe Norton (Muscatine, IA)

  • Karl Zerbe, Bird at Night, 1956, gouache on rice paper

Dr. and Mrs. Clarence Nyce (Kalamazoo)

  • Dominick Labino, Untitled (from the Emergence series), 1979, blown glass

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Schuitmaker (Lawton, MI)

  • Seth Green, Ewer, stoneware

Estate of Geoffrey Wagner (New York, NY)

  • Colleen Browning, Tourist, 2002, oil on canvas

Among the larger gifts received by the KIA in the past year was a group of eight works on paper donated by Mr. Lynn Bradeen of Florida. Born and raised in Kalamazoo, Mr. Bradeen graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School and Michigan State University with degrees in Political Science and Economics. He served as President and CEO of a commercial and industrial construction and development company with offices in three states for 36 years. A world traveler, Mr. Bradeen enjoyed collecting art. Among the works he has gifted to the KIA are two engravings by the great Spanish artist, Salvador Dali.

As the donor recalls, "My most memorable experience was meeting Salvador Dali and his wife Gala in 1974 aboard the SS France on a cruise from New York to attend the Cannes Film Festival. I purchased the only 3 pieces of Mr. Dali's art that were for sale on board and asked Mr. Dali to rededicate them to me. He graciously obliged and redrew a figure from each piece in the margin and added my name as well. Two of these works are now the property of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts."

"I am honored to be able to share several pieces that I collected with the residents of the Kalamazoo area. Kalamazoo will always be my home town, and first in my heart."

Marc Chagall Song of David

Bradeen's donations to the KIA's collection are works by important European and American artists:

  • Diego Rivera, Three Bathers, ca. 1923, pencil sketch
  • Arshile Gorky, Two Women with Ostrich, 1935, ink drawing on paper
  • Marc Chagall, The King (from The Bible series), colored etching
  • Salvador Dali, Venus au Bain, colored engraving
  • Salvador Dali, Venus, Mars and Cupidon, colored engraving
  • William Glackens, Sketch for Park by the River, pencil
  • Everett Shinn, Mr. Redlaw in his Lab (from Christmas in Dickens), 1941, ink drawing
  • Earl Lewis, Untitled (Delaware River), watercolor

As part of its mission to both preserve its distinguished collection of art and exhibit selections to the community throughout West Michigan, the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts takes great pride in sharing these new works with our visitors.

Whether sweltering heat or stormy weather makes being outside unpleasant, the most enjoyable alternative is a visit to the KIA at 314 South Park Street - where the air conditioning is always on and the art is top notch, colorful, and enlightening. Whether you have never visited before, or if you are a Member, enjoy the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts for the first time -- it's always changing!