As the cultural hub for southwest Michigan, the Kalamazoo Institute of Art is one of many gems that makes the “269” shine. Here are some reasons that we think will draw you in for a visit.



The Kalamazoo Institute of Art (KIA) has a rotation of special exhibits every year that feature both local and well-known artists. These exhibits feature multiple art mediums including watercolor, sculptures, oil painting and more! They even feature major traveling exhibitions including American Perspectives on Modernism and BOO! Images of the Macabre. Don’t hesitate to bring the whole family, as there is an interactive gallery for children as well! To see what exhibitions are currently at, or coming to the Institute check out the link here.



The Institute also features a wide variety of events. From live performances, special film viewings, community panels, and theater productions, there is certainly something for everyone. Many of these events are free to the public, but be sure to check out their calendar of events for more information on what’s coming!



In addition to great exhibits and unique events, there are several art classes available for you to take at your leisure, all taught by local artists. From ceramics to jewelry making, painting and more! Some of the KIA’s art classes would even make a great date night, just be sure to bring some snacks. They also offer child-friendly classes for aspiring artists of all ages! Art classes at the KIA are a great hands-on activity for your next visit to Kalamazoo, start planning yours today.



Originally developed to complement the KIA Art School, the KIA Collection focuses on a variety of art mediums. Everything in this eclectic collection is elegantly present and tells important stories. In recent years, the collection has been expanded to include oceanic objects, pre-Columbian gold and ceramics, Africana and East Asian art, all in addition to the early American and European works on paper and 16th century and later photography. Click to learn more about the Collection at the Kalamazoo Institute of Art.



Who doesn’t love a good souvenir? Get lost in the gift shop of the Kalamazoo Institute of Art. It’s filled with unique gifts, a glass menagerie, and things you’ll only find at the KIA. Be sure to stop on by before your visit is over and grab something to commemorate your experience at this artisanal hotspot!


As you can see, there are many great experiences just waiting for you to discover them here at the Kalamazoo Institute of Art. So what are you waiting for? Start planning your trip to Kalamazoo today! For more ways on how you can Discover Kalamazoo, subscribe to our e-newsletter.