Current Exhibitions at the KIA

West Michigan Area Show
April 9 - July 10

The work of West Michigan's talented community of visual artists is on display at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts' annual West Michigan Area Show. Since the 1960s, this annual juried exhibition has showcased exceptional work in all media, drawing hundreds of entries from a 14-county region. Each year, an experienced juror chooses the artists from more than 300 submitted entries, ranging from paintings, prints and photos to mosaics, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture and mixed-media works.

High School Area Show 2016
High School Area Show
March 25-May 4, 2016

Thursday, March 24: 5:30 Reception / 6:30 Scholarship & Awards Presentation
Our annual showcase of artists in grades 9-12 from nine counties. Students are eligible for college and KIA art school scholarships, and students who qualify may concurrently enter the 6th District Congressional Art Competition, and the winner will receive a trip to Washington, D.C., to see his/her art on view in the U.S. Capitol. Cash prizes are selected by the juror, and scholarships are awarded by the participating schools.

Image: Books, Natalie Nelson, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix High School, colored pencil

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Rhythms of Abstraction: Landscape Duets of Arnold Chang and Michael Cherney
March 16-June 19, 2016

Chinese-ink painter Arnold Chang and photographer Michael Cherney have been creating work together since 2007, exploring the differences and highlighting the similarities between their mediums. Rhythms of Abstraction features 20 works combining contemporary painting and photography, but rooted in the traditions of Chinese painting. Cherney's poetic vision and "painterly" style evoke the rhythms of nature, while Chang's keen interest is in the abstract art of Chinese literati brush-and-ink painting technique. In their collaborative works, Cherney's photographs form the first stage for Chang's painted compositions, creating ingenious visual dialogues.

Image: Mountain Fire, 2014. Arnold Chang (Chinese-American, b. 1954) and Michael Cherney (American, b. 1969), ink painting and photographic print on paper; 46 1/2 x 25 in. Collection of the artists.

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