Past Exhibitions at the KIA
|Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem
September 14 - December 8, 2019
Reflecting nearly 100 years of art history in America, this exhibition reflects the breadth of The Studio Museum's 50 years of supporting and incubating artists of African descent. The exhibition will fill all four of the main floor KIA galleries. The exhibition features a diverse array of works created by artists of African descent from the 1920s to present. Featuring 91 works from The Studio Museum's permanent collection, this unique exhibition illuminates the museum's unparalleled impact on the art world and the community of Harlem.
|Where We Stand: Black Artists in Southwest Michigan
September 13 - December 8, 2019
Supporting artists is part of the KIA mission, as evidenced by our annual juried exhibitions and Kirk Newman Art School's post-baccalaureate residency program. This exhibition is an exhibition that focuses on the diverse creativity in a selection of Black artists working right here in West Michigan. This unique exhibition offers our audiences an opportunity to explore the breadth of talent that contributes to the cultural richness of our region. The exhibition features ten Michigan artists working in sculpture, photography, painting, ceramics, and printmaking. They are emerging artists and veterans in their field who address issues as diverse as the environment, mass incarceration, the criminal justice system, and concepts of beauty.
|Resilience: African American Artists As Agents of Change
September 14-February 16, 2020
This exhibition presents outstanding artworks created by artists who have enlightened and uplifted America in myriad ways. The exhibition honors aspects of African American history and culture that contribute to all of our nation's history and culture. The exhibition spotlights a group of artists who use art as an indispensable tool for social commentary and change.
|Kirk Newman Art School Faculty Review
December 20, 2019 - March 8, 2020
An exhibition dedicated to the vast creative talents of the art school s accomplished and award-winning faculty members. This biennial presentation highlights the working artists in the Kirk Newman Art School faculty roster, highlighting the artistic gifts they share with our students, and offering a visual sampler of the range of media taught at the KIA.
|David Park: A Retrospective
December 20, 2019 - March 15, 2020
An artist who helped make San Francisco famous for a figurative style of painting, David Park (1911-1960) has been called one of the most art-historically underrated artists of the mid-20th century. More than 100 works comprise the first Park exhibition in a major museum in over 30 years, organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
|Natural Forms: Contemporary Works by Japanese Women
October 26, 2019 - March 15, 2020
This exhibition pairs KIA collection works in ceramics and on paper with works from private lenders to examine the rich history and new innovations of Japanese ceramic making. Works on view explore the influences of nature and the diverse array of practices women artists are continuing; the barriers they are breaking; and how they are expanding upon the traditional to forge new ways of creating and thinking about ceramics.