Current Exhibitions at the KIA

Nina Belle Ward Cape Cod 2015

Rediscovering Nina Belle Ward

May 16 - August 23, 2015

Nina Belle Ward left an enduring mark on Kalamazoo through her teaching at the inception of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts and also for the Central High School. This exhibition remembers her contributions and recognizes her own artistic skill in portraiture, still life, and harbor scenes by bringing together work in collections from coast to coast.


West Michigan Area Show

May 9 - August 9, 2015

West Michigan is home to a talented community of visual artists, and some of their finest recent work will be on display at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts in its annual West Michigan Area Show. A juried exhibition, the Area Show draws hundreds of entries from a 14-county region of West Michigan. Jurors this year were KIA Executive Director Belinda Tate, and Hamza Walker, Associate Curator and Director of Education of The Renaissance Society at The University of Chicago.

HSAS Hively Henderson Congressional Winner

Grady Hively, Henderson Castle, chalk pastel.

2015 High School Area Show and Congressional Art Competition
April 25- May 24, 2015

This annual exhibition features work by artists 18 years or younger, in grades 9-12, residing in Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph and Van Buren counties. Cash prizes and scholarships will be awarded, and the winner will be named for the 6th Congressional District entry to the Congressional Art Competition.


Russell T. Limbach, The Crow Tree, 1940-1965, Lithograph. Collection of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts; Director's Fund Purchase.

Second Sight/Insight II
January 10 - May 10, 2015

Does a picture really tell a thousand words? For this reprise of the successful 2005 exhibition concept, with new art and poets, guest curator Elaine Seaman selected works from the KIA's collection that beg to be interpreted in a literary way. Each work of art is accompanied by the literary response of a local poet. The show features writers Kit Almy, Scott Bade, Marion Boyer, James Croteau, Kiana Donae, Kaili Doud, Kathy Doud, Danna Ephland, Deborah Gang, Gail Griffin, Hedy Habra, Elizabeth Kerlikowske, Bill Lucking, Kathleen McGookey, Jill Marcusse, Gail Martin, Kaitlin Martin, Donna McClurkan, Marsha Meyer, Lynn Pattison, Robert Post, Susan Ramsey, Doris Ravotas, Jack Ridl, Julie Stotz-Ghosh, Stephen Tod, McKenzie Tozan, Pam Uschuk, and Debra Wierenga. The exhibition coincides with the 2015 National Poetry Month in April.

Tibetan Yak Butter Pot
Chinese Folk Pottery: The Art of the Everyday
March 14 - June 21, 2015

As China continues its headlong rush into modernization, the traditional techniques and practice of crafting folk pottery are in danger. The curators of Chinese Folk Pottery traveled China to collect regional examples of decorative or utilitarian folk ware. They discovered that while some qualities and techniques are widespread across China, others are localized to specific ethnic communities or regions. The collection includes ceramics by Tibetan, Dai, Miao, Bai, and Han potters, which provide a rare glimpse of the diversity and rich tradition in Chinese folk pottery. This exhibition was organized and curated by Marie Woo, Susanne Stephenson, and John Stephenson. Sponsor: Joy Light East Asian Art Acquisition and Exhibition Fund

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