Past Collection Highlight - Akio Takamori and Gary Cialdella

The following works have been added to the collection in memory of Helen Sheridan and her 25 years of service to the KIA, initially in the library, then as curator, and for 15 years as Director of Collections and Exhibitions.

Akio Takamori is a Japanese American ceramicist who creates distinctive figural sculptures and paints on the surface. Duet is additionally complex in that a painted ceramic figure then becomes a photographic, collaged presence on paper. Each print is made unique by the artist's addition of a hand-painted companion. The two figures are bound by shimmering lithographed rings.

Kalamazoo-based photographer Gary Cialdella is recognized nationally for his sensitive architectural portraits of place, in the social landscape tradition. House and AMOCO Refinery is part of his series documenting the impact of manufacturing decline on the residential Calumet region of Illinois. Four pieces from this series were purchased for the permanent collection.

Together, these works represent Helen's dedication to obtaining and exhibiting work by America's most compelling contemporary artists-from both near and far. We thank the numerous individuals whose gifts made these purchases possible.

Karla Niehus
Assistant Curator of Collections and Exhibitions

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Akio Takamori Duet

Akio Takamori, Duet, 2008, hand lithography, archival inkjet, hand-painted collage. Purchased with funds given in memory of Helen Sheridan, 2010.40

Gary Cialdella House and AMOCO Refinery

Gary Cialdella, House and AMOCO (now BP) Refinery, Schrage Avenue, Whiting, Indiana, 1999/2001, silver print. Purchased with funds given in memory of Helen Sheridan, 2010.70