Young Artists of Kalamazoo Countyand
High School Area Show
APRIL 30 - MAY 30, 2021
If you are an artist in grades K-12, the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts wants to celebrate you and your creativity! The KIA is excited to announce that for the first time ever we are combining the annual High School Area Show (9-12th grade) and Young Artists of Kalamazoo County (K-8th grade). Both shows highlight an immense amount of artistic talent, delighting visitors of all ages for over 40 years.
There will be a virtual award ceremony for the High School Area Show (grades 9-12) on April 30 and a virtual exhibition opening for Young Artists (grades K-8) on May 1.
The High School Area Show will welcome submissions from all high school artists residing in Allegan, Barry, Barrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph, and Van Buren counties. Artists can submit their work online through CaFe starting February 1. This years juror is Dr. Cindy Todd, 2019 National Art Educator of the Year. Please contact Jessica at MuseumEd@kiarts.org with any questions.
Young Artists (YA) Information
Following the theme, I am a Genius, young artists can create 2D artwork using markers, pencils, charcoal, paint, glue, glitter, ribbons, crayons, paper collage, and more. Show us what makes you special: It could be your favorite hobby, strong friendships, the ability to speak another language, or another amazing talent! Your work will have the chance to be included in the YA Showcase at the KIA and will complement the current exhibition, Unveiling American Genius.
We will be accepting drop-off submissions starting March 31st, 9 am - 5 pm (note the hours below). Please include your name, grade and/or age, with your contact information (phone and email) on the back of your work. Your virtual work can also be displayed! Send the Museum Education Team a PDF or Jpeg of your work for display in the virtual showcase.
The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts believes that art is for everyone and we would like all talented young artists who want to participate to be able to do so. In addition to the KIA drop off, we are working with other organizations for alternative drop-off locations. If young artists want to participate but may not have access to art supplies, we have a limited number of free art supply kits available. If you would like to request an art supply kit, find a drop-off location, or submit your art virtually, please email MuseumEd@kiarts.org.
High School Area Show (HSAS) Information
Don t forget the High School Area Show! The KIA will be welcoming submissions from all high school artists residing in Allegan, Barry, Barrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph, and Van Buren Counties. Artists can submit their work online through CaFE from now until March 15, with an entry fee of $3 per artwork. Submissions will be juried by Dr. Cindy Todd, 2019 National Art Educator of the Year. CaFe Entry
Young Artists Artwork Drop-Off: March 31 - April 3, April 6 -10 from 9am-5pm
HSAS Artwork Drop-Off: Open now through March 15
Exhibition Dates: April 30 - May 30
Virtual Opening: May 1
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