KIA Announces 2016 High School Area Show

Posted: February 9, 2016

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts' is seeking entries for the annual High School Area Show opening March 25. Art must be hand-delivered between 9 am - 5 pm, March 9-11.

The show is open to 18 years or younger, in grades 9-12, from nine counties: Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph and Van Buren. The juried exhibition will display up to 100 pieces of art in a variety of mediums, including glass, 2-D, 3-D, video, ceramics, metal, and jewelry. Find more information and entry forms at

Educator, artist, and curator Ginger Owen, Art Professor at Western Michigan University's Gwen Frostic School of art. She will and select works to exhibit, and special awards for artistic accomplishment.

The winners of cash awards and scholarships to be announced at the opening reception on April 24. The show will run through May 25.

Partnering with the KIA is the 6th District Congressional Office of Rep. Fred Upton. Artists whose work meets the requirements may choose to concurrently enter the Congressional Art Competition (CAC). The juror will select a work that will hang for one year in the U.S. Capitol, and the artist will receive airfare for two to Washington, D.C., and an invitation to the Artist Reception. Find further details about the CAC:

Important dates:

  • March 9-11: hand delivered submissions, between 9 am - 5 pm
  • March 24, 5:30 - 7:30 pm: Reception and awards ceremony
  • March 25, 11 am: Exhibition opens

Awards to be given on March 24:

Prizes and Awards

The High School Area Show is sponsored by:

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