Kirk Newman Art School Faculty Review

Opens November 19

Posted: November 2, 2011
Source: Farrell Howe
Phone: (269) 349-7775 ext. 3112

Mary Whalen Backyard Sticks

Mary Whalen, Backyard Sticks, 2011, wet plate collodion

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts' Kirk Newman Art School is pleased to open its biennial Faculty Review on Saturday, November 19.

Few may remember that the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts started out as a small art school. In fact, the type of art collected for the museum was determined by the classes that were taught at the art school. The origins of the Kirk Newman Art School still impact the mission of the KIA today, "to promote the creation and appreciation of art in Southwest Michigan." Those who desire to learn how to "create" come to the Kirk Newman Art School knowing that they are learning from professional, practicing artists in a real studio environment. Now everyone has the opportunity to "appreciate" the fantastic work of our established faculty artists as they unveil their creations at the Kirk Newman Art School Faculty Review.

This exhibition will feature more than 80 works by 42 artists including Meg Tang, Melody Allen, Amy Culp, Kenneth Freed, Maryellen Haines, Michael Kifer and Denise Lisiecki among others. A special focus will be on the work of James Riegel, who recently retired from his position as Head of Photography in the school. On display will be ceramics, painting, printmaking, watercolor, jewelry, weaving, sculpture and other media. Many of the works exhibited will be available for purchase.

Those interested in learning more about the artists and their work are invited to attend Art & All That Jazz on Friday, November 18, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Many of the artists exhibiting will be in attendance. Those interested in purchasing works produced by the Kirk Newman Art School faculty are also encouraged to come to the Holiday Sale, which will be open for the first time to Art Hoppers on Friday, December 2, 5-7:30 p.m. and continues on Saturday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

For more information, call (269) 349-7775 or visit