Current Exhibitions at the KIA

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The Way Forward: New Acquisitions at the KIA
July 28 - December 2

This diverse selection of 80+ works acquired over the last four years reveals our eagerness to enrich one of the community's most treasured assets -- our art collection. In pursuit of our vision to bring the visual arts to everyone, we work to make evident that innovation, intelligence, talent, and beauty exist within and emerges from people representing every walk of life. We seek and acquire new works to expand not just our holdings, but our understanding and appreciation of the culture of the American experience, along with global perspectives of life from around the world. The show includes paintings, photography, collage and mixed media works, drawings, prints and multiples, and ceramics. The first phase of the exhibition will open in the Groos and Markin galleries on July 28, and an international group of artists will be featured in the Joy Light East Asian Gallery beginning August 25.




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Global Glass: A Survey of Form and Function
June 23 - October 14, 2018

An exhibition drawn from the extensive glass collection at the Alfred Berkowitz Gallery at the University of Michigan, Dearborn. The exhibition surveys important artists and works made from the mid-1960s to the present. The exhibition will examine both functional glass objects and pure sculptural forms, that have often taken cues from other fine arts media and movements in the U.S. and internationally. Among the 56 artists represented are glass giants Harvey Littleton (shown), Howard Ben Tré, Dale Chihuly, Ann Robinson, and Kate Vogel. The exhibition has been curated by Don Desmett, independent curator and critic, with art on loan from the Collection of the Alfred Berkowitz Gallery at the University of Michigan, Dearborn.




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West Michigan Area Show
May 26-September 2, 2018

This annual exhibition showcases the work of artists from 14 Michigan counties. Guest juror Dawoud Bey selected 100 works for the show, and $6,000 in prizes was awarded Thursday, May 24, at an opening reception for the exhibition. (image: Beibei Chen and Leilei Chen, Gaia I, hand screenprint




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Vibrant Bounty: Chinese Folk Art from the Shaanxi Region
April 7-August 12, 2018

Journey through Shaanxi Province, one of the cradles of Chinese civilization via folk paintings and artifacts of rural China that reveal a vital and charming national spirit. The 25 paintings and 14 artifacts in this exhibition reveal a humanity that aids us in understanding a people half a world away. Festivals, parades, the harvest, music, village traditions, farm animals, winter, kitchen work, and children are all celebrated in the paintings, while the artifacts show traditional Shaanxi customs and range from children's clothing and toys to New Year's prints and decorative household items. This exhibition was organized by ExhibitsUSA, a program of Mid-America Arts Alliance.

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