Since 1924, the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts has encouraged the creation and appreciation of the visual arts. Today over 100,000 visitors each year enjoy exciting temporary exhibitions, an outstanding collection of over 4,000 works of art, and engaging programs and events. Nearly 3,000 students enroll annually in Kirk Newman Art School classes.
The collection is focused on American paintings and sculpture, works on paper (American and European), Pre-Columbian, African, Oceanic, and Asian art. Selections from the collection, including important works by Charles Wilson Peale, William Merritt Chase, Henry O. Tanner, Frederick MacMonnies, Thomas Eakins, Milton Avery, Richard Diebenkorn, Peter Voulkos, Franz Kline, Janet Fish, and Andy Warhol, are on view in the lower-level galleries.
A highlight of the collection is the ongoing exhibition Louis Comfort Tiffany and the Quest of Beauty, featuring glass vases, lamps, mosaics, ceramics, jewelry, boxes, and painting by Louis Comfort Tiffany, the foremost designer in America at the turn of the 20th century. Influential throughout Europe and America, Tiffany’s work in blown and leaded glass was an important inspiration for the artists who later emerged as leaders of the Studio Glass Movement in America.
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Studio Glass movement, the KIA presented Expressions: International Glass Invitational, August 11 – November 4, 2012. This exhibition was organized by Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, MI, and featured work by 27 premier figures in contemporary glass art. The Hot Glass Roadshow of the Corning Museum of Glass was in Kalamazoo October 5 – 14, giving 6 live demonstrations a day, Tuesday-Sunday.
For a full listing of exhibitions and programs, visit http://www.kiarts.org.
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