Public Programs: Free Admission

UNFRAME*— FILMS @ NOON (*TO BREAKDOWN, TAKE APART, DISRUPT)

1st THURSDAYS, 12 PM

MAY 4: Art in the 21st Century- Chicago (55 min)
How does the city of Chicago inspire the artists who live there? How is the architecture, history, and character of the city interpreted and reflected in the work of Chicago-based artists? Which parts of the city are most moving and motivational?

In this episode, artists reveal the ways in which their communities ignite ideas for photographs, sculptures, and drawings, and how those communities are invited by the artists to become part of the artworks themselves.

EXHIBITION RELATED EVENTS

APRIL 14 - JUNE 25
REFLECTIONS: AFRICAN AMERICAN LIFE FROM THE MYRNA COLLEY-LEE COLLECTION
IN THE ARTLAB: ZINE READING ROOM

       
"Untitled" (c. 1969) by Charles White                         Zines


LECTURE BY BELINDA TATE
TUESDAY, MAY 2 • 6 PM
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Executive Director Belinda Tate will speak about the significance of the Reflections exhibition. Tate served as Director of the Diggs Gallery at Winston Salem University, one of the nation’s top African American art galleries, for 15 years.

GEORGE KRASL MEMORIAL CONCERT
TUESDAY, MAY 2 • 7 PM
Performer Ivan Akansiima, from Hope College Jazz Arts Collective, will explore African American music in a variety of styles. This concert is presented in memory of George Krasl. Donations appreciated.

 

COMMUNITY STUDENT ART EXHIBITION

Each year, Berrien RESA, The Box Factory for the Arts, and the Krasl Art Center work together to present two amazing student art shows, one for elementary students and one for middle school and high school students. These art shows allow local students to exhibit their artwork in a professional venue and have it viewed by hundreds of people in our communities. 


Middle and High School Exhibition
Location: Box Factory for the Arts, 1101 Broad Street, St. Joseph, MI
Reception with the Artists: Tuesday, April 11, 6-8 pm
Art will be on view April 8-April 29

 


 

PECHAKUCHA

FRIDAY, MAY 19
8 PM, DOORS OPEN AT 7 PM
SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN REGIONAL AIRPORT, 1123 TERRITORIAL RD, BENTON HARBOR
$3 SUGGESTED DONATION
If you want to be inspired by the talent, creativity and passion in our local community, PechaKucha is the event for you.  Japanese for “chit chat,” PechaKucha is a concise presentation format of 20 slides for 20 seconds each (total 6 min 40 sec), where community members share their experiences and creative projects.  You never know what to expect, but be prepared to laugh, cry and have fun.  For more information, like the PechaKucha St. Joseph/Benton Harbor Facebook page.

KRASL ART CENTER SCULPTURE WALKING TOURS & HERITAGE MUSEUM HISTORIC WALKING TOURS

NEW TIME AND MEETING PLACE!
THURSDAYS, 5:30-6:30 PM
ALL TOURS MEET AT THE WHITCOMB HOTEL, 509 SHIP STREET, ST. JOSEPH
$5 SUGGESTED DONATION
Sculpture Walking Tours feature public sculptures created by world-renowned and local practicing artists, including Richard Hunt, Tuck Langland and Suzanne Horwitz.  Volunteer docents provide information and facilitate dialogue about sculptures from the Krasl Art Center permanent collection and the Biennial Sculpture Invitational.   

Historic Walking Tours feature landmarks such as the former St. Joseph Savings and Loan Bank, Whitcomb Hotel, Maids of the Mist Fountain, monuments, and several historic homes in this Victorian-era community.

Krasl Art Center - Sculpture Walking Tours:
•    June 1
•    June 15
•    June 29
•    July 13
•    July 27
•    August 10
•    August 24

Heritage Museum – Historic Walking Tours:
•    June 8
•    June 22
•    July 6
•    July 20
•    August 3
•    August 17
•    August 31

 

FAMILY DAYS

SATURDAYS, 11 AM-12:30 PM
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Stop by the KAC art galleries for coffee, snacks, and art activities.  Fun for the whole family!

JUNE 17: DRAWING IN THE GALLERIES 
Youth and adults draw together from a clothed model in the KAC galleries!  Poses will be inspired by paintings on view in the Reflections: African American Life from the Myrna Colley-Lee Collection exhibition.  Drawing materials and instruction will be provided.

JULY 15: DIY PAPER KITES
Meet outside on the KAC Grounds to design, create and fly paper kites. 

AUGUST 12: BLOCK BUILDING
Build small and build large using our newly purchased Big Blue Blocks set, Architecture LEGO kits, and more!

 

HISTORY OF CERAMICS LECTURE

THURSDAY, JUNE 22, 6-8 PM
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Ceramicist, world traveler, and former Head of the Ceramics Department at Sheridan College, Winn Burke, will give an informative and enthusiastic slideshow (with actual slides) about ceramics from South America and Folk Art with Chinceros.  Burke’s extensive travels and personal research make for a fascinating and insightful introduction to the history of ceramics.
 

STUDIO OPEN HOUSE: SUPERHEROES UNITE!

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
SEPTEMBER 9, 2-4 PM
Become your favorite superhero or create your very own at the Studio Open House!  Superhero-themed art activities will be in every studio, including logo and cape design, Mighty Mouse Zipline Sculptures, clay figurines and a super-villain scavenger hunt.  Bring your family and friends to meet our super-staff of teaching artists, participate in art activities and power-up with free snacks.