KIA and Art League Welcome Renee Stout

Posted: October 13, 2015

Art League and KIA welcome artist Renee Stout November 11

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KALAMAZOO, MI The Kalamazoo Art League welcomes artist Renee Stout Wednesday, November 11, for an artist talk at 10 am as part of the Art League's annual lecture series, at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts auditorium. A reception with the artist will follow.

Stout's color lithograph Marie Laveau is currently on view at the KIA in Common Ground: African American Art from the Flint Institute of Art, the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, and the Muskegon Museum of Art. In 2016, the KIA will present Stout's exhibition Tales of the Conjure Woman.

"Renee's work is richly infused with references to African American history and experience," says Vicki Wright, KIA director of Exhibitions & Collections. "We are delighted that the Art League will introduce our audiences to her work, ahead of her featured exhibition here next year."

Inspired by the African Diaspora, current events, and everyday life in her Washington, D.C., neighborhood, Stout employs a variety of media to create works that "encourage self-examination, introspection and the ability to laugh at the absurdities of life and ourselves," she has said. Tales of the Conjure Woman presents an artistic interpretation of traditional African American folk spirituality and features a Stout alter ego, Fatima Mayfield.

Renee Stout Marie Laveau color lithograph 2009

Stout grew up in Pittsburgh, and earned a B.F.A. from Carnegie-Mellon University. She has been featured in solo shows at Hemphill Fine Arts, Washington, D.C.; the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans; and the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. She has been in group shows at the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; the High Museum of Art, Atlanta; and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Her work is in the collections of the Baltimore Museum of Art; the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the National Gallery of Art; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and The Afrika Museum, Berg en Dal, Netherlands.

Admission is $12, $10 for KIA members, $3 for students, and free for Art League members.

On December 11, the Art League welcomes curator Marshall Price at 10 am for a talk at the KIA. He is the curator of the upcoming Colour Correction: British and American Screenprints, 1967-75, opening November 27.