Current Exhibitions at the KIA
|West Michigan Area Show
May 18 - August 25, 2019
This annual exhibition showcases the work of artists from 14 Michigan counties. A guest juror selects roughly 100 works for the show, from hundreds of submissions. More than $5,000 in cash prizes will be awarded at an opening reception for the exhibition on Friday, May 17. The public is invited to vote for their favorite work during the summer, and the Peoples' Choice Award, sponsored by the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo, will be awarded in August.
Shown: Douglas LaFerle, Kali s Wheel, motorized kinetic sculpture with found objects
|2019 High School Area Show
April 26-May 26, 2019
This annual juried exhibition celebrates the work of high school artists in Southwest Michigan. Students who qualify may concurrently enter the 6th District Congressional Art Competition, and the winner will receive a trip to Washington DC to see their art on view in the U.S. Capitol. (shown: Finn Roberts, Van Buren Tech: An Out of Body Experience, digital art)
|Rewards of Wisdom: Contemporary Chinese Ink Painting
March 23 - June 16
Over thousands of years, the tradition of Chinese calligraphy and painting has manifested a broad visual language that has served as a cultural wellspring for a person's artistic pursuits and inner character. The artists on view are influenced by millennia of tradition, including that of literati painting, an approach defined by emotional and intellectual growth as the pathway to quality artistic expression.
|The Feeling Is Mutual: New Work by Maya Freelon
March 14 - June 2, 2019
Praised as a "vibrant, beating assemblage of color," the tissue paper sculptures of Maya Freelon have been exhibited internationally in Paris, Italy, Jamaica, Madagascar, and in the U.S. at the Smithsonian Museum of African American Art. Fragile yet vibrant, they are imbued with the vigor of moving energy.