The Way Forward: New Acquisitions at the KIA

July 28 - December 2, 2018


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This diverse selection of 80+ works acquired over the last four years reveals our eagerness to enrich one of the community's most treasured assets -- our art collection. In pursuit of our vision to bring the visual arts to everyone, we work to make evident that innovation, intelligence, talent, and beauty exist within and emerges from people representing every walk of life. We seek and acquire new works to expand not just our holdings, but our understanding and appreciation of the culture of the American experience, along with global perspectives of life from around the world. The show includes paintings, photography, collage and mixed media works, drawings, prints and multiples, and ceramics. The first phase of the exhibition will open in the Gross and Markin galleries on July 28, and an international group of artists will be featured in the Joy Light East Asian Gallery beginning August 25.

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Above: Romare Bearden, The Blue Pool (detail), 1973, acrylic and collage on board. Collection of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. Elisabeth Claire Lahti Fund purchase.