Past 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.
|Kirk Newman Faculty Review
September 30-December 31, 2017
A biennial juried exhibition of work by artists who teach at the museum's art school. Work in a variety of mediums by 40+ artist-educators will highlight the diverse range of talent behind the professional artists who teach here. Expect fine artwork in ceramics, painting, jewelry, photography, and many more mediums, by award-winning artists. This show reminds us that the KIA is where you can appreciate the visual arts in our exhibitions and collections and also feed your creative soul by taking art classes. Shown: Mike Pixley, Feet, cast aluminum
|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.
|Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist
June 17 - September 10, 2017
Kay WalkingStick (b. 1935), a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, is one of the country's most celebrated artists of Native American ancestry. For nearly half a century, she has explored her own hybrid cultural identity through her art and life. Featuring more than 65 of her most notable paintings, drawings, small sculptures, notebooks, and the diptychs for which she is best known, the exhibition traces her career over more than four decades and culminates with her recent paintings of monumental landscapes and Native places.
|Impressions: Printmaking in Japan
April 1 - July 23
Traditional Japanese woodblock prints fascinated Western artists in the late 19th century. The sense of space, color and pattern and the glimpse of a distant time and place shown in these prints continue to captivate audiences today. Works from the KIA collection demonstrate the shift from traditional processes and imagery through the developments leading to Japanese printmaking of today.
This exhibition is supported by the Joy Light East Asian Art Acquisition and Exhibition Fund.
|Pressed for Time: History of Printmaking
March 18 - July 2, 2017
A historical survey of the four major processes of printmaking in the Western world. Beginning with a 15th-century woodcut by Michael Wolgemut and continuing through to the 21st century. The exhibition includes works by artists such as Albrecht Durer, Rembrandt van Rijn, James Abbot McNeill Whistler, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, Jane Hammond, Yvonne Jacquette, Romare Bearden, and Andy Warhol.
The exhibition has been organized by the Flint Institute of Arts and the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.
|West Michigan Area Show 2017
March 4 - May 28, 2017
This annual exhibition showcases the work of artists from 14 Michigan counties. This year's juror is Fiona Ragheb, a curator with more than 20 years experience, with advanced degrees in art history and architecture, and a career that includes work at the Walker Art Center, the Simon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Broad Art Foundation. She will select work to be awarded more than $5,000 in prizes. Submission deadline is January 23. The KIA will announce award winners, including a $1,000 grand prize, on Friday, March 3, at an opening reception for the exhibition.
|High School Area Show and 6th District Congressional Art Competition
April 29 - June 4, 2017
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.
Work shown: Karatasi, by Emily Roth, St. Joseph High School
|Young Artists of Kalamazoo County
March 25 - April 15, 2017
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.
|Luminescence: From Salvage to Seascape, Sculpture by Sayaka Ganz
November 19, 2016 - March 19, 2017
See a gallery transformed into a magical, "underwater" installation of colorful and glowing "fish, jellies, and coral" by Sayaka Ganz. Guided by sensitivity to the environment and human habits of discarding objects, Ganz rescues and repurposes plastic utensils and household items as the material of her sculptural creations. Slotted spoons and colanders gain a second life as luminescent sea creatures that invite us to reexamine our relationship to the natural world, perhaps with special attention to the problem of plastics washing into our oceans. Visitors to Environmental Impact (Spring 2014) will recall Ganz's trio of suspended, swimming polar bears. This installation will be designed specifically for the Joy Light Gallery of Asian Art by the artist.
|Out of the Fire: Masterworks of Ceramics
January 14 - March 12, 2017
Although we may think of ceramics as a material used to create functional objects like vases, bowls, plates, and mugs, in the mid-20th century, ceramics moved from a traditional craft form to a material used to create unique sculptural works of art. This exhibition features work by some of the finest ceramic artists in the U.S.--Peter Voulkos, Ruth Duckworth, Rudy Autio, Paul Soldner, Don Reitz, Otto and Vivika Heino, and others--who marked the emergence of the American Studio Ceramics Movement.
|Wadada Leo Smith: Ankhrasmation, The Language Scores, 1967-2015
October 15 - March 5, 2017
Can a musical score be a work of visual art? Trumpeter, composer, educator, and visual artist Wadada Leo Smith is a pioneer in the fields of contemporary jazz and creative music. During the 1960s and early '70s, Smith was based in Chicago, where he was a key member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Music (AACM), and embraced the discourse between improvised and formally scored music. Ankhrasmation is the systemic musical language that Smith developed over his career, and his scores represent the composition with color, line, and shape, providing instruction for the seasoned improviser, while allowing musicians room for their own expertise and individual strengths.
Organized by the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, the exhibition is curated by John Corbett and Hamza Walker.
|Poetry of Content: Five Contemporary Representational Artists
November 5, 2016 - February 19, 2017
Painter and Syracuse University art professor Jerome Witkin has been a champion of representation. Poetry of Content is his celebration of artists who share his interest. The exhibition celebrates realist painting styles that reflect classical drawing and painting techniques with five artists: Bill Murphy, Gillian Pederson-Krag, Joel Sheesley, Tim Lowly, and Robert Birmelin.
He writes, The exhibition title, Poetry and Content describes what I think the public and student artists will discover when they examine works by these mature creators, who share their poetry with us, and continue, regardless of the neglect of museums and critics, to persevere."
Organized by the Syracuse University Art Collection.
|Scaled up: Sculpture by Marcia Wood
October 1-December 31, 2016
Always focused on human-scale experiences, Marcia Wood (1933-2000) sculpted visual metaphors for personal relationships to community, nature, and architecture. Among Kalamazoo's most accomplished sculptors, Wood sought an alternative to the intimidating, minimalist sculpture that she saw dominating public plazas and parks in the latter part of the 20th century. Her public art encouraged public interaction, rewarding not only distant views but also inviting intimate, close-up examination. In large and small scale, her work distilled fundamental human relationships and basic elements of nature into sculptural forms.