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KIA galleries get redesign

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is reinstalling nearly 5,000 artworks from its permanent collection in its lower-level galleries this month, and its new exhibition Unveiling American Genius will illuminate the artwork the museum has acquired over its 95 years.

The galleries will be organized thematically, with an eye toward sharing the perspectives of a wide range of artists who have contributed to the story of art in America. According to the KIA, within the themes of Becoming U.S., Design and Purpose and Rediscovering Abstraction, visitors will explore how artists across time and genres have conveyed our nation’s triumphs, desires and struggles for progress.

The exhibition opens April 18*, with free admission to the museum that day as part of the KIA’s annual “Everyone’s a Member Day.” In addition, visitors can take advantage of a 10 percent discount on Gallery Shop purchases and member rates for a summer class, camp or workshop with on-site registration.

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*Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, this event may be postponed or cancelled; check with for schedule updates.