Current Exhibitions at the KIA
|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.
|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.
|Our People, Our Land, Our Images
July 15 - October 22, 2017
An important exhibition of 51 works by 26 indigenous photographers from Canada, Iraq, New Zealand, and the U.S., who explore the dynamic field of indigenous photography and demonstrate the importance of viewing Native peoples through their own eyes. Styles vary from traditional documentary photographs to altered images combining overlays and collage, but each image, paired with the artist's statement, conveys connections to the artist's land, tradition, and community.