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Exploring the Concept of Home

WMU hosts exhibition for 30+ artists and poets

In an exhibition opening this month at Western Michigan University, more than 30 Kalamazoo-area poets and artists explore what solidifies or disrupts our understandings of home.

“The idea of Home extends far beyond the physical manifestation of home,” says Mindi Bagnall, curator of Home: An Artists and Writers Project. “Home can be a location, a person or group of people, a feeling, a state of mind, or an abstract sense of belonging, wonder and warmth.”

The writers and artists spent most of the last year participating in a series of workshops and meetings for the exhibit, resulting in a collaborative exploration.

Home opens Jan. 15 and runs through March 6 at the Netzorg and Kerr Gallery at WMU’s Richmond Center for Visual Arts. A public reception is set for 5–7:30 p.m. Jan. 14. A reading will take place at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 19 in Room 2008 of the center. The exhibit will be on display March 15–April 11 at the Carnegie Center for the Arts, in Three Rivers.

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