Past Exhibitions at the KIA


Public Tour: Double Take: Artists Respond to the Collection
Double Take: Artists Respond to the Collection
August 23, 2014 - January 18, 2015

Thirty area artists respond to a work selected from the KIA collection that inspires them. Artists' statements will illuminate the visual connections between the works.

Kaigyokusai Masatsugu, Monkey Netsuke, mid to late 19th century
The Arts of Japan and China: Selections from the Collection
July 12 - November 9, 2014

Historical and contemporary works of art in the collection of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts offer windows to the aesthetics and cultures of Japan and China. Included are works on paper, ceramics, and sculpture.

Tiffany Studios New York, Apple Blossom Library Lamp   Louis Comfort Tiffany
May 31 - August 24, 2014

The KIA celebrated one of America's most influential designers, Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933) in three exhibits: sumptuous Art Nouveau jewelry, spectacular leaded-glass lamps and windows and exquisite work in blown glass, metals and mosaics.

Amanda Coleman, Chris and Karen   West Michigan Area Show
May 17 - August 17, 2014

A juried exhibition, the Area Show draws hundreds of entries from a 14-county region. The KIA staff selects a local juror to choose the artists from more than 500 entries.

2014 High School Area Show   2014 High School Area Show & Congressional Art Competition
April 12 - May 18, 2014

This annual juried exhibition featured work by artists 18 years or younger, in grades 9-12, from Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph and Van Buren counties. More than 100 pieces of art in a variety of mediums, including glass, 2-D, 3-D, video, ceramics, metal, and jewelry.

Young Artists of Kalamazoo County   Young Artists of Kalamazoo County
March 8 - 30, 2014

Art teachers in Kalamazoo County submit a selection of works produced by their students, featured in an exhibition that is a delight to behold.

Chester Arnold, Miracle of Frogs, 2008   Environmental Impact
February 22 - May 4, 2014

The paintings, photographs, and sculptures of Environmental Impact confront pressing issues of our time: land development, depletion of natural resources, oil spills, nuclear energy, and the impact of global warming.

Larry K. Snider, Woman with Prayer Wheel, Kham Tibet, 2011.   Cultural Encounters: India, Burma, and Tibet
Photographs by Larry K. Snider

February 8 - July 6, 2014

For the last 30 years, Larry K. Snider has taken photographs around the world. Cultural Encounters exhibited images of people and their environments in India, Burma, and Tibet in a dynamic and thought-provoking exhibition.

Christopher Payne, Key Polishing, 2012   Inside Steinway: Photographs by Christopher Payne
February 1 - May 25, 2014

New York photographer Christopher Payne is one of the few artists who has been granted access to the Steinway and Sons piano factory in Astoria, New York. His photographs not only document the process of manufacturing the world-renowned grand pianos, but they reveal the deep commitment and finely tuned craftsmanship exemplified by Steinway's long-time employees.

Janet Fish, Cerises, 1992   Impressions: Selections from Stewart & Stewart
December 21, 2013 - February 23, 2014

Located in Bloomfield Hills, Stewart & Stewart is one of only a handful of contemporary print publishers in the Midwest. The exhibition highlights at least one work by each of the 30 artists who have come to Michigan from 1980 to 2012 to create fine prints at the printmaking facility.

Peter McCarty,   Fantastic Rumpus: 50 Years of Children's Book Illustration
December 14, 2013 - February 9, 2014

More than 120 original drawings from the print drawers of some of the world's best-known children's book illustrators, focusing on honest depiction of children's emotions, wild things and monsters, portals through which reality becomes fantasy, and unique page and book design.

Federico Castellon, Poseidon's Friend, 1963
BOO! Images of the Macabre
October 5, 2103 - January 26, 2014

Engage your subconscious through spooky and unnerving works from the darkest corners of the vault that explores eerie landscapes, creepy creatures, ghostly figures, and other mysterious intersections of reality and imagination.

Denise Lisiecki, Cleveland Botanical Garden, 2013   2013 Kirk Newman Art School Faculty Review
September 28 - December 8, 2013

This biennial exhibition highlights the ability and creative talents of regional artists who teach hundreds of adults and children at the KIA's Kirk Newman Art School every term. The Faculty Review is a visual sampler of the diverse range of media and courses available at the KIA.

Huang Junbi, Cloud Circling the Mountains, 1990   Mountains and Waters: Landscape Paintings from China
September 21, 2013 - February 2, 2014

Western art lovers have long extolled the characteristic use of "negative space" representing the mists through which, beyond which, and under which mountains in Chinese landscapes are portrayed. Guest curator Joy Light chose paintings from her collection with husband Timothy Light.

George Tooker, Un Ballo in Maschera, 1983   Copley to Kentridge: What's New in the Collection?
September 14 - December 1, 2013

On view are the newest additions to the KIA collection - a collection that continues to grow through gifts, bequests, and purchases. For several of the works on display, this exhibition will mark their Kalamazoo debut.