Past Exhibitions at the KIA


Alex Katz Boy with Branch II   Portrait and Presence
April 16 - September 18, 2011

This exhibition of works from the KIA's permanent collection explores how artists explore different aspects of the human experience through the unique presence of their subjects.

Yousuf Karsh Audrey Hepburn   Yousuf Karsh: Regarding Heroes
July 9 - September 3, 2011

This exhibition will display Karsh's best portrait subjects in the prints he himself preferred. The 100 photographs in the exhibition are drawn from a set of over 200 master prints given to the Art Institute of Chicago as a promised gift by his widow, Estrellita Karsh.

Sigmund Abeles Tiger Lily   Drawn to the Figure: Sigmund Abeles
July 2 - August 27, 2011

A selection of work by Sigmund Abeles held in conjunction with his visiting artist workshop in the Kirk Newman Art School.

Zhu Cheng Bird and Flower   The Chinese Scholar's Brush: Works from the Albert and Betty Chang Collection
May 7 - August 27, 2011

Among several recent gifts of Asian art is a fine collection of late 19th- and 20th-century Chinese paintings--landscapes, calligraphies, and bird and flower paintings. The scrolls and fans featured in this exhibition are the gift of Dr. Albert Chang in memory of his wife, Betty Chang.

2011 West Michigan Area Show   2011 West Michigan Area Show
May 7 - June 26, 2011

The West Michigan Area Show celebrates contemporary work in all media, by artists working in a 14-county area. The 2011 exhibition was shaped by this year's juror, Michigan ceramicist John Glick, who selected 116 artworks for display.

2011 High School Area Show Logo   2011 High School Area Show
May 21 - June 19, 2011

This annual juried exhibition is open to artists 18 years or younger in grades 9-12 residing in nine neighboring counties. Juror Paul Flickinger of the Gwen Frostic School of Art at Western Michigan University, selected 104 works to be included in the exhibition, six $100 cash award winners and honorable mention awards.

Young Artists of Kalamazoo County 2010   Young Artists of Kalamazoo County
April 30 - May 15, 2011

This annual exhibition presents the diversity of work produced by young artists enrolled in Kalamazoo County schools (private, public, and charter). Teachers select examples of 2D and 3D work by their students (kindergarten through eighth grade) created in class this year.

Daniel Kelly Red Hook   Ukiyo-e Redux: Contemporary Japanese Prints
December 11, 2010 - April 23, 2011

Inspired by the strong tradition of ukiyo-e prints of the 18th and 19th centuries, but infused with a modern sensibility, contemporary Japanese prints have flourished as a vibrant art form throughout the 20th century. This engaging exhibition of color woodblock prints is drawn from the collection of Christina and William Collins and will be featured in the KIA's new Joy Light Gallery of Asian Art.

Wyeth Logo   The Wyeths: America's Artists
January 15 - April 17, 2011

This exhibition, organized by the KIA, includes 90 paintings (oils, tempera, and watercolor) and drawings by three generations of artists in the Wyeth family - N.C. Wyeth (1882-1945), an illustrator and painter, Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009), known by many as "America's Painter," Andrew's sisters, Henriette Wyeth Hurd (1907-1997) and Carolyn Wyeth (1909-1994), and Andrew's son Jamie Wyeth (b. 1946).

Martin Lewis Night in New York   Familiar Surroundings
December 18, 2010 - April 10, 2011

This exhibition of works drawn from the permanent collection highlights other American originals who ignored the dictates of modern art and developed personal styles rooted in their local environment. Included are works by John Marin, Martin Lewis, and Reginald Marsh.

Piero Dorazio Fenice   A Passion for Collecting: Prints of the 1960s and '70s from the Collins Collection
November 13, 2010 - January 2, 2011

The works in this exhibition capture the vibrancy of the emerging abstract movements during the 1960s and '70s, including Minimalism, Op Art, and Expressionism. This remarkable gift of 80 prints, given by a couple of modest means and a passion for art, has greatly enhanced the KIA's collection of works on paper.

Luis Marden Lobsterettes   In Focus: National Geographic Greatest Portraits
October 30, 2010 - January 2, 2011

Created by National Geographic and the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, In Focus reveals that it is possible to portray the essence of people and places in two dimensions.

Ansel Adams Leaf Glacier Bay National Monument Alaska   Light Works: Photographs from the Collection
September 18 - December 12, 2010

From Eadweard Muybridge's 19th-century photographic studies of animal locomotion to Richard Misrach's contemporary chromogenic prints, this exhibition spans the history of photography. Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Curtis, Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon and many other celebrated photographers will be included in this exhibition drawn from the KIA collection.

Fang Yi Dragon   Wondrous Ink: Selections from the Richard Fabian Collection
August 28 - December 5, 2010

An exhibition of late 19th and 20th centuries Chinese hanging scrolls, painted fans, and illustrated albums from the Richard Fabian Collection in honor of the opening of the Joy Light Gallery of Asian Art.

Itō Shinsui Black Collar   Strong Women, Beautiful Men: Japanese Portrait Prints from the Toledo Museum of Art
August 28 - October 31, 2010

This exhibition, organized by the Toledo Museum of Art, explores two recurring themes in the history of Japanese printmaking: beauty and celebrity. Images of celebrities are spotlighted, including renowned courtesans and beautiful women (bijin-ga) and famous kabuki actors (yakusha-e).

Huang Binhong Landscape   Beauty amid Thunder: The Past Two Centuries of Chinese Art
August 28 - October 17, 2010

An exhibition of late 19th and 20th centuries Chinese hanging scrolls, painted fans, and illustrated albums from the Richard Fabian Collection in honor of the opening of the Joy Light Gallery of Asian Art.