Past Exhibitions at the KIA


Latchezar Boyadjiev Dream 2008 cast glass   Expressions: International Glass Invitational
August 11 - November 4, 2012

Organized by Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, Michigan, this exhibition presents the leading work in contemporary glass from around the world. The year 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the development of contemporary glass in the United States, and the KIA is proud to participate in this nationwide celebration initiated by the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass, which is also providing support for this exhibition in Kalamazoo.

Elliott Erwitt Amagansett New York   Elliott Erwitt: Dog Dogs
July 7 - September 23, 2012

This exhibition features more than 60 photos by Elliott Erwitt that convey the unconditional love, dignity, humor, friendship and life-long companionship that dogs share with their human families.

A Conversation between Monet and Sochi   A Conversation between Monet and Sochi: Video Art by Lee-nam Lee
April 14 - August 18, 2012

In the work A Conversation between Monet and Sochi, Lee-nam Lee projects the images of a classic painting from the Western tradition by Claude Monet (1840-1926) and an ink painting from the Eastern tradition by Korean artist Sochi (1803-1893). As the projected images change and interact, the artist brings the paintings to life.

Peter Gray Symphony   Birds in Art 2011
May 26 - July 28, 2012

The stars of Birds in Art - avian species interpreted in oil, watercolor, the graphic arts, bronze, stone, and more - fly thousands of miles every autumn to reach the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum. Sixty artworks from each Wausau exhibition are then presented at museums across the United States and across the Atlantic and Pacific.

High School Area Show Opening   High School Area Show
June 2 - 24, 2012

This annual juried exhibition is open to artists 18 years or younger in grades 9-12 residing in nine neighboring counties.

John Costin Anhinga   Birds of a Feather: John Costin and John James Audubon
March 24 - June 24, 2012

Separated by roughly two centuries, John James Audubon and John Costin both produced spectacular portfolios recording the splendor of American birds. This exhibition pairs images of species featured in Costin's Large Florida Birds project with the corresponding work by Audubon.

Panel of the Fifth Sign of the Last Judgment   Object of Devotion: Medieval English Alabaster Sculpture from the Victoria and Albert Museum
March 3 - May 13, 2012

This exhibition presents sixty beautifully-carved alabaster panels and free-standing figures that were displayed in the homes, chapels, and churches of both aristocratic and non-aristocratic Christians in the 15th and 16th centuries. The exhibition is organized and circulated by Art Services International, Alexandria, Virginia.

WMAS logo   2012 West Michigan Area Show
March 17 - May 6, 2012

A juried exhibition, the West Michigan Area Show draws hundreds of entries from a 14-county region of West Michigan. This year, 520 works were submitted from 240 artists, in media ranging from paintings, prints and photos to mosaics, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture and mixed-media works. From these, 106 works by 93 artists were chosen to be included in the exhibition.

Mingei Horse-Eye Plate Hefner Family Collection   Hefner Collection of East Asian Art
December 10, 2011 - April 7, 2012

With his wife Leona, the late Harry Hefner (1911-2006), who was a prominent artist and professor of art at Western Michigan University, formed a distinguished collection of East Asian art - Chinese, Japanese, and Korean ceramics, metal objects, prints, and paintings.

Christopher Light Gemspine Mammillaria   Infrared Photography by Christopher Light
December 3, 2011 - March 18, 2012

In this exhibition of his recent work, photographer Christopher Light explores the urban and natural world through infrared digital photographs.

Annette Lemieux Potential Snowman   The Strange Life of Objects: The Art of Annette Lemieux
December 17, 2011 - March 4, 2012

This mid-career retrospective exhibition surveys Annette Lemieux's work over the past 25 years, tracing themes such as the relationship between personal memory and cultural history, content and medium, and text as image.

Young Artists   Young Artists of Kalamazoo County
February 4 - 22, 2012

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

Jim Riegel Dogwood in Moonlight   Kirk Newman Art School Faculty Review
November 19, 2011 - January 22, 2012

Featuring recent work by the school's faculty members, this biennial exhibition includes ceramics, painting, printmaking, watercolor, jewelry, weaving, sculpture and other media. A special focus was on the work of James Riegel, who recently retired from his position as Head of Photography in the school.

Pablo Picasso Pigeon   Off the Wall: Art in Three Dimensions
September 17 - December 4, 2011

Drawn from the KIA's permanent collection, this exhibition utilizes over 65 free-standing sculptures and wall reliefs from the 1950s to the present to demonstrate the 20th-century impulse to push the boundaries of fine art.

Kato Takuo White celadon bowl   Turning Point: Japanese Studio Ceramics in the Mid-20th Century
September 10 - December 4, 2011

This exhibition explores a crucial period of contemporary ceramic art in Japan, including the pioneering potters in the 1930s and the potters of the 1950s and 1960s who used their personal visions to become the central interest of their work.

James Abbott McNeill Whistler La R tameuse   Shimmerings of Light, Mysteries of Shadow: The Etching Revival of the 19th Century
September 24 - November 27, 2011

This exhibition, drawn from the rich print collection of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, focuses on the artists of the "etching revival," including such masters of the medium as James McNeill Whistler, Charles Meryon, and Samuel Palmer.

Entang Wiharso   Second Skin: Peeling Back the Layers - Entang Wiharso
September 10 - November 6, 2011

Featuring the work of Indonesian artist Entang Wiharso, Second Skin: Peeling Back the Layers looks at the complex socio-political realities of modern Indonesia through paintings, prints, large-scale puppets and wall-mounted sculptures.

Past Exhibitions 2010-11

Past Exhibitions 2009-10

Past Exhibitions 2008-09

Past Exhibition List, 1960- (PDF)