Upcoming Exhibitions at the KIA
|Dawoud Bey: Harlem, USA, and Harlem Redux
January 13-April 11, 2018
Dawoud Bey (born 1953) is distinguished for his commitment to portraiture as a means for understanding contemporary society. Raised in Queens, Bey and his family had roots in Harlem, and it was a youthful visit to the exhibition Harlem on My Mind at the Metropolitan Museum of Art that gave him the determination to become an artist. This exhibition, 39 years later, still takes viewers on a journey through this historic neighborhood. Bey is a professor of art and was named Distinguished College Artist at Columbia College Chicago, where he has taught since 1998. He studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York and holds an MFA in photography from Yale University. His work has been the subject of a retrospective exhibition at the Walker Art Center; a four-year traveling exhibition, Class Pictures, mounted by Aperture and first shown at the Addison Gallery of American Art; and a traveling survey exhibition Dawoud Bey: Picturing People, at the Renaissance Society, Chicago. The Art Institute of Chicago in 2012 showed Harlem, U.S.A. in its entirety.
|My Hero: Contemporary Art & Superhero Action
February 3-May 13, 2018
My Hero presents a sprawling collection of 50-75 international artworks that explore iconic superhero imagery, along with reimagined interpretations of our classic heroes. The artists in the exhibition both pay homage to these universal idols, and also present critical questions about their popularity and God-like stature. Some artists in the exhibition also spin the fantasy further by imagining the hero as a child, as an aging being, and even as an animal. The variety of interpretations in My Hero is vast and challenging, dark and humorous, familiar yet new. The exhibition includes a wide array of media, including painting, illustration, photography, sculpture, mixed media and video.
|Vibrant Bounty: Chinese Folk Art from the Shaanxi Region
April 7-August 12, 2018
Journey through Shaanxi Province, one of the cradles of Chinese civilization via folk paintings and artifacts of rural China that reveal a vital and charming national spirit. The 25 paintings and 14 artifacts in this exhibition reveal a humanity that aids us in understanding a people half a world away. Festivals, parades, the harvest, music, village traditions, farm animals, winter, kitchen work, and children are all celebrated in the paintings, while the artifacts show traditional Shaanxi customs and range from children's clothing and toys to New Year's prints and decorative household items. This exhibition was organized by ExhibitsUSA, a program of Mid-America Arts Alliance.
|Young Artists of Kalamazoo County
April 21-May 6, 2018
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.
|High School Area Show
May 19-June 10, 2018
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 his/her art on view in the U.S. Capitol.
|West Michigan Area Show
May 26-September 2, 2018
This annual exhibition showcases the work of artists from 14 Michigan counties. A guest juror will select work to be awarded more than $5,000 in prizes. Submission deadline is April 8, 2018. The KIA will announce award winners, including a $1,000 grand prize, on Friday, May 25, at an opening reception for the exhibition. (image: Fran Dwight, The Green Building)
Entries will open February 23, 2018, and be due by April 15. For detailed information, download a pdf of full exhibition requirements, deadlines, and award information.