Past Exhibitions at the KIA


Manierre Dawson: Engineering Abstraction
August 29 - December 13

Michigan-based artist Manierre Dawson is recognized for his important contributions to the development of abstract painting in America. Raised in Chicago, Dawson spent his later years here in Michigan. Though he had been an engineering student, art was his true passion.

Common Ground Withers photo
Common Ground: African American Art from the Flint Institute of Arts, the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, and the Muskegon Museum of Art
August 22 - November 15, 2015

Reflecting the history of African American art, 60 works in various mediums feature some of the most important African American artists from the 19th century to present day.

Flowers in Chinese Art
Flowers in Chinese Art
June 27 - December 9, 2015

Flowers in Chinese art are symbolic of moods, seasons, and sentiments. This exhibition features Chinese paintings and ceramics from the collection of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts and on loan from the collection of Joy and Timothy Light.

Adaptation: Transforming Books Into Art
June 6 - September 6, 2015

A growing number of contemporary artists explore the interplay between function, structure and format of books by cutting, folding, carving, drilling and gluing them into amazing sculptures and installations that honor and transcend the meaning held within the original pages.

Nina Belle Ward Cape Cod 2015
Rediscovering Nina Belle Ward
May 16 - August 23, 2015

Nina Belle Ward's enduring mark on Kalamazoo came through her teaching at the KIA and Central High School. This exhibition reveals her own artistic skill in portraiture, still life, and harbor scenes by bringing together work in collections from coast to coast.

West Michigan Area Show
May 9 - August 9, 2015

A juried exhibition, the Area Show draws hundreds of entries from a 14-county region of West Michigan. Jurors this year were KIA Executive Director Belinda Tate, and Hamza Walker, Associate Curator and Director of Education of The Renaissance Society at The University of Chicago.

HSAS Hively Henderson Congressional Winner
2015 High School Area Show and Congressional Art Competition
April 25 - May 24, 2015

Work by artists 18 years or younger, in grades 9-12, residing in Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph and Van Buren counties. Cash prizes and scholarships awarded, and a winner named for the 6th Congressional District entry to the Congressional Art Competition.

Young Artists of Kalamazoo County
2015 Young Artists of Kalamazoo County
March 25 - April 15, 2015

For a few weeks each year, our galleries are filled with the most creative, colorful, whimsical art by young artists from kindergarten through eighth grades.

Tibetan Yak Butter Pot
Chinese Folk Pottery: The Art of the Everyday
March 14 - June 21, 2015

A rare glimpse of the diversity and rich tradition in Chinese folk pottery: regional examples of decorative or utilitarian folk ware, some techniques widespread across China, others are localized to specific ethnic communities or regions.


Redefining the Multiple
January 17 - April 26, 2015

Featuring the work of Japanese artists with foundations and formal training in printmaking, some of whom are more associated with other media, though the production of multiples remains at the core of their process.


Second Sight/Insight II
January 10 - May 10, 2015

Does a picture really tell a thousand words? Works from the KIA collection interpreted in a literary way, accompanied by the literary response of a local poet.The exhibition coincides with the 2015 National Poetry Month in April.

Wired and Wrapped: Sculpture by Seungmo Park
December 20, 2014 - March 15, 2015

Detailed wire sculptures-giant ephemeral portraits and landscape scenes created by cutting multiple layers of wire mesh, and meticulously wrapping cast objects and figurative forms.

How to Return? Contemporary Chinese Photography
November 15, 2014 - March 8, 2015

This exhibition features the work of seven Chinese photographers whose images of the Chinese people and environment offer social commentary and reflect both tradition and change.

David Park Woman with Coffeepot
Lasting Legacy: A Collection for Kalamazoo
September 6 - January 4, 2014

In celebration of the KIA's 90th anniversary in 2014, an exhibition of highlights from the collection, including works by Rembrandt, Hiram Powers, William Merritt Chase, Mary Cassatt, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, Ansel Adams, Edward Hopper, Jackson Pollack, Charles Burchfield, Jacob Lawrence, Andrew Wyeth, and Robert Mapplethorpe.

Paul Cadmus Nudo #2
A Collector's Eye: Works from the Collection of Sheila and Jim Bridenstine
September 6, 2014 - January 4, 2015

Throughout his museum career, Jim Bridenstine, developed a personal art collection spanning several centuries and focusing on European and American art. Including paintings, sculpture, photography, prints, and the decorative arts, the collection reveals interest in the landscape, the human figure, and the portrait.