Current Exhibitions at the KIA

Flowers in Chinese Art

Flowers in Chinese Art

June 27 - December 9

Flowers in China are revered and play a major role in Chinese life. A floral motif in Chinese art is not only a colorful and pleasing design, but also a medium by which a mood, a season, a sentiment, or a desire is conveyed. Symbolic meaning trumps realism as nature yields to artists' desire to communicate a particular message through long-understood symbolism and allegory. Rich in color, fragrance, and symbolism, flowers became part not only Chinese visual art but also myths, folklore, and popular verse and prose. Flowers in Chinese art symbolize everything from celebration days, every month and season, stoic and virtuous characteristics and morals, and even death. This exhibition features Chinese paintings and ceramics from the collection of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts and on loan from the collection of Joy and Timothy Light.


Adaptation: Transforming Books Into Art

June 6 - September 6, 2015

Traditional books might be threatened by the advent of the e-book, but given the medium's persistent evolution over time, it should come as no surprise that a growing number of contemporary artists are exploring the interplay between function, structure and format of books by cutting, folding, carving, drilling and gluing them into amazing sculptures and installations that honor and transcend the meaning held within the original pages. This exhibition is curated by Linda Ross and organized by the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center.

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.

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