Upcoming Exhibitions at the KIA




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The Expressionist Figure
January 19 - May 5, 2019

Abstract Expressionism, first developed in the 1940s, garnered an almost immediate reaction from a group of painters who began reintroducing the figure into this high-energy postwar movement. The Expressionist Figure examines a large group of the leading artists of the time, including important women painters and their contributions to mid-twentieth century expressionist painting. The exhibition includes prominent artists, from Deborah Remington (who co-founded the legendary Six Gallery in San Francisco), to the leading feminist painter of the late 20th century, Nancy Spero. During a self-imposed exile to Paris, Spero completed the important series, the Black Paris Paintings, and established herself as one of the important social and political artists of her time.




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The Feeling is Mutual: New Work by Maya Freelon
March 14 - May 31, 2019

Praised as a "vibrant, beating assemblage of color," the tissue paper sculptures of Maya Freelon have been exhibited internationally in Paris, Italy, Jamaica, Madagascar, and in the U.S. at the Smithsonian Museum of African American Art. Fragile yet vibrant, they are imbued with the vigor of moving energy.




Young Artists
Young Artists of Kalamazoo County
March 16 - April 14, 2019

Every year, art teachers in the Kalamazoo County schools (private, public, and charter schools) submit a selection of works produced by their students, featured in an exhibition that is a delight to behold. In one of our most popular shows each year, the KIA's galleries are filled with the most creative, colorful, whimsical art by young artists from kindergarten through eighth grades.




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Rewards of Wisdom: Contemporary Chinese Ink Painting
March 23 - June 16

Featuring both distinguished artists and rising stars who express through their brushwork the goals of virtue, peace, wisdom, beauty, meditation, science, knowledge, and philosophy.




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High School Area Show
April 27 - May 26, 2019

This annual juried exhibition celebrates the work of high school artists (18 years or younger, grades 9-12) residing in Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph, and Van Buren counties. Students who qualify may concurrently enter the 6th District Congressional Art Competition, and the winner will receive a trip to Washington DC to see their art on view in the U.S. Capitol.

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West Michigan Area Show
May 18 - August 25, 2019

This annual exhibition showcases the work of artists from 14 Michigan counties. A guest juror will select roughly 100 works for the show, from hundreds of submissions. Cash prizes will be awarded at an opening reception for the exhibition on Friday, May 17. Call for entries to the Area Show will open February 16, 2019, on CaFE. (Artists new to the Area Show may start by launching their profile there at any time.) Submissions are due by April 7. Click the exhibition title for full artists' information and deadlines.