Past Exhibitions at the KIA
|West Michigan Area Show
May 26-September 2, 2018
This annual exhibition showcases the work of artists from 14 Michigan counties. Guest juror Dawoud Bey selected 100 works for the show, and $6,000 in prizes was awarded Thursday, May 24, at an opening reception for the exhibition. (image: Beibei Chen and Leilei Chen, Gaia I, hand screenprint
|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, through folk paintings and artifacts of rural China that depict a vital and charming national spirit. The 25 paintings and 14 artifacts in this exhibition reveal a humanity that aids us in understanding people half a world away. Festivals, parades, the harvest, village traditions, farm animals, seasons, kitchen work, and children are celebrated in vibrant paintings. Artifacts offer rare and valuable insight into traditional Shaanxi customs, and range from children's clothes and toys to New Year's prints and household items.
|Passion on Paper: Masterly Prints from the KIA Collection
March 17-July 15
This exhibition of spectacular images in the KIA collection is assembled by guest curator Nancy Sojka, retired from the Detroit Institute of Arts as curator of prints and drawings. Included are groundbreaking, innovative works by Toulouse-Lautrec and Mary Cassatt; stunningly colorful prints by Howard Hodgkin and Richard Anuszkiewicz; and emotionally expressive images by Luis Jimenez and Vija Celmins.
|High School Area Show
May 18-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 their art on view in the U.S. Capitol.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|Rhythmic Vitality: Six Principles of Chinese Painting
December 9 - March 25, 2018
The Six Principles have been described as the most influential paragraph ever written on the art of Chinese painting. Xie He, active ca. 500 C.E., was a painter and art critic who methodically outlined these six principles, which have persisted over 1500 years as criteria for creating, examining, and evaluating art in China. The spare language, utilizing just four characters to express each of Xie He's points, has allowed for broad interpretations and sparked debates over translation even well into the 20th century. The first and most important principle has sometimes been poetically translated as "Rhythmic Vitality" or "Spirit Harmony." Without this, the painter said, one need look no further. This exhibition will equip visitors to look further and with greater appreciation using concepts established by one of China's early art critics.
|Round & Round: The Circle at Center Stage
November 4, 2017-March 4, 2018
The circle is fundamental to human development and how we categorize what we see around us. This exhibition of works from the KIA collection presents the circle in myriad manifestations, as artists from diverse cultures recognize the circle's power as a line without beginning or end, symbolizing eternity and so much more. From hard-edged Op Art prints to photographs of natural objects, the circular form holds an attraction that cannot be denied, and serves as inspiration for immense artistic versatility. Works on view demonstrate the dramatic range and ubiquitous flexibility of the circular form.
|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