Current Exhibitions at the KIA

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Round & Round: The Circle at Center Stage
November 4, 2017-March 4, 2018

The circle is fundamental to human development and how we categorize what we see around us. This exhibition of works from the KIA collection presents the circle in myriad manifestations, as artists from diverse cultures recognize the circle's power as a line without beginning or end, symbolizing eternity and so much more. From hard-edged Op Art prints to photographs of natural objects, the circular form holds an attraction that cannot be denied, and serves as inspiration for immense artistic versatility. Works on view demonstrate the dramatic range and ubiquitous flexibility of the circular form.




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Kirk Newman Faculty Review
September 30-December 31, 2017

A biennial juried exhibition of work by artists who teach at the museum's art school. Work in a variety of mediums by 40+ artist-educators will highlight the diverse range of talent behind the professional artists who teach here. Expect fine artwork in ceramics, painting, jewelry, photography, and many more mediums, by award-winning artists. This show reminds us that the KIA is where you can appreciate the visual arts in our exhibitions and collections and also feed your creative soul by taking art classes. Shown: Mike Pixley, Feet, cast aluminum




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Circular Abstractions: Bull's Eye Quilts
September 23, 2017-January 21, 2018

The exhibition features 26 quilts by an array of artists who improvise around the Bull's Eye pattern: a four quadrant design with a bull's eye at the center of each quarter. Color and design become the focus of a dazzling array of quilts inspired by the innovations of legendary fine art quilt-maker Nancy Crow. Juried from submissions provided by an invitational list of artists, including artists from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and Canada, the exhibition focuses on the dynamic potential of the fine art quilt and the individual creativity of the quiltmaker.




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Women Warriors: Portraits by Hung Liu
August 5-November 26, 2017

Female strength in the face of persecution is the thread running through this exhibition of 20 mixed media, painted, and photographic works by Hung Liu. Her imagery shows the power and perseverance of Chinese women throughout history "from imperial concubines to warriors of the Red Army and survivors of the Cultural Revolution (like herself). Her paintings and prints often make use of anonymous Chinese historical photographs, particularly those of women, children, refugees, and soldiers. This exhibition presents visions of determined, strong, beautiful warriors "fragmentary glimpses of unknown women, enveloped within new lives of beauty and dignity.

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