Glass Attack: A day of glass-blowing and education comes to Kalamazoo

Written by Jane Simons | Monday, 30 April 2018 15:00 |

Local artisans are breathing new life into the art of glassblowing, and their efforts will be on display at this year’s Battle of the Glass Blowers.

An innovative program developed by Grand Rapids Art Museum positions the museum as an extension of the classroom.

The personal stories of trauma, illness and loss behind the seven portraits that Donna F. St. John painted for Moving Through the Unimaginable encompass a more painful past than the seemingly jovial faces let on.

When Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park received a gift from contemporary sculptor Beverly Pepper — consisting of nearly 900 works — Chief Curator and Vice President Joseph Becherer immediately started thinking about a future exhibition.

There’s no excuse to hibernate at home this winter: Muskegon Museum of Art has a cure for cabin fever; and an outlet for creativity with a variety of activities, exhibitions, special programs and even a poetry competition. 

Harlem is Here: Dawoud Bey brings the New York neighborhood to Kalamazoo

Written by Jane Simons | Thursday, 04 January 2018 11:13 |

This winter, a visual tour of Harlem will transport Kalamazoo Institute of Arts visitors to one of the most iconic communities in the world.

An array of unique art and site-specific installations that explore themes of identity, both personal and political, make up the UICA’s winter exhibition.

UICA Executive Director Miranda Krajniak is giving the community an early Christmas present with new admission fees that will make the venue accessible to low-income adults and children.

Confident that Muskegon Museum of Art is in capable hands, retiring Executive Director Judith Hayner said her replacement, Kirk Hallman, has a connection to just about everything and everybody.

Spreading Roots: Winfred Rembert’s art tells the story of a fascinating life

Written by Marla R. Miller | Friday, 01 December 2017 15:00 |

A self-taught artist who grew up in the rural south during the civil rights era, folk artist Winfred Rembert draws and speaks from experience, weaving together leather, color and real-life injustices to make meaning of painful memories.

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