Current Exhibitions at the KIA

High School Area Show Wagner Forest, Self Portrait, 2014, acrylic
on Masonite.

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.

RedefiningCultivationII Koichi Kiyono, Detail of Cultivation II, 2011, etching on cotton-wool and felt with hand sewing.   Redefining the Multiple
January 17 - April 26, 2015

This exhibition features the work of Japanese artists with foundations and formal training in printmaking. Although each of the participating artists' personal work has transitioned over the years-and some is now more associated with other media-printmaking and the production of multiples remains at the core of their creative processes. Four artists make three-dimensional objects and installations, two paint with printmaking tools and techniques, three use digital photography and technology, and the others utilize traditional and recognizable printmaking techniques. Curated by Hideki Kimura, Kyoto City University of Arts, Kyoto, Japan; and Sam Yates, Director, Ewing Gallery of Art and Architecture, University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Exhibition in Kalamazoo is made possible in part by the Joy Light Fund for East Asian Art Acquisitions and Exhibitions.

SecondSight_CrowTree 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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