Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Showcases New Art in its Collection

Posted: September 18, 2013

For Immediate Release -

Yousuf Karsh,

On September 14, the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts will unveil some of the recent additions to its art collection in the Copley to Kentridge: What's New in the Collection? exhibition. On display from September 14 through December 1, this exhibition will feature an opening reception and lecture by the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts' Executive Director, James A. Bridenstine. This exhibition will mark the museum debut for some of the works that the KIA has acquired in recent years. It entails more than 90 works with highlights including: vases by Tiffany & Co., a portrait of Winston Churchill by Yousuf Karsh and an etching by Pablo Picasso.

On September 19, Mr. Bridenstine will discuss the exhibition and the stories behind some of its works. The works on view were received through gifts, bequests and purchases from various individuals and corporations. This event will run from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. with free admission for KIA Members and $10 admission for Non-Members.
"We are delighted to have acquired an additional 90 pieces for our permanent collection," said Mr. Bridenstine. "This exhibition will showcase some extraordinary work that we are thrilled to debut."

About James A. Bridenstine
As the Executive Director of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Mr. Bridenstine has helped maintain a dynamic presence for the visual arts in Kalamazoo and West Michigan communities. He has been an influential force in bringing international and national exhibitions and speakers to the museum and has helped create a variety of workshops and classes designed to educate and inspire community members. Bridenstine has also been successful in working with the Capital and Endowment Campaigns, overseeing the renovation and expansion of the KIA's facilities, and acquiring a number of major acquisitions. Mr. Bridenstine earned a bachelor's degree in history from the College of the Holy Cross in 1967 and a master's in the History of Art (American Art) from George Washington University in 1975. He also completed Harvard University's Institute of Arts Administration program in 1978. Prior to the KIA, he was the director of the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House from 1986-1990. Raised in Detroit, Bridenstine also worked at the Detroit Institute of Arts from 1976-86.

The KIA will offer guided public tours of the Copley to Kentridge exhibition on September 22 and October 20 at 2 p.m.


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