November 19: KIA Opens Luminescence: From Salvage to Seascape, Sculpture by Sayaka Ganz

Posted: November 19, 2016

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Created specifically for the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, an installation of colorful and glowing jellyfish, coral, kelp, and one dramatic whale will welcome visitors starting November 19. Designed to transport the viewer to a fanciful underwater realm, Luminescence: From Salvage to Seascape, Sculpture by Sayaka Ganz showcases a signature, unique sculptural medium: repurposed utensils and household items.

Guided by her sensitivity to nature, Ganz transforms the plastic into animal forms that convey a sense of movement and spirit. Slotted spoons and colanders gain a second life as luminous sea creatures, while viewers ponder the underlying theme of human wastefulness.

"Sayaka Ganz invites us to reexamine our relationship to the natural world, and our profound effect on the health of the environment," says Karla Niehus, Interim Curator of Exhibitions. With color and playfulness, she shines a light on human misuse of the environment and the problem of discarded plastic washing into our oceans.

Ganz was born in Yokohama, Japan and grew up in Japan, Brazil, and Hong Kong. She teaches design and drawing at Indiana University/Purdue University Fort Wayne. Her sculptures depict animals in energetic motion and rich colors. She has exhibited work at the Hermann Geiger Foundation, Cecina, Italy; the Isle Gallery, Isle of Man, U.K.; the Monterey Bay Aquarium, California; and a permanent installation in the atrium of the Exploration Tower in Port Canaveral, Florida.

The exhibition will run through March 19, 2017. For more details on the exhibition and related events, please contact the KIA via phone or email, at (269) 349-7775 or

Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday 11 am-5 pm
Thursday, Friday 11 am-8 pm
Sunday, noon-5 pm

$5 / $2 for students
Free for children thorugh age 12,
Active Military, and KIA members