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James Marcellus Watkins, Victims, ca. 1986, oil on board. Collection of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts;  Director's Choice Purchase Award, 1991 Kalamazoo Area Artist Show.
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

Common Ground is a multi-city exhibit that shows African American art through the ages, stretching all the way back to the 19th century. Kalamazoo is the exhibit’s last stop in the state after showing in Flint and Muskegon.  The opening reception is August 21st at 5:30 p.m.

Courtesy Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

Seventy years ago, Nina Belle Ward was a big deal in Kalamazoo. Ward was one of the founders of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts back in 1924, and she served as the museum’s first and only teacher for nearly two decades. But once Ward passed away in 1944, her works were spread out across the country. Now, with the help of one of Ward’s relatives, the KIA has reconstructed her legacy in a brand new exhibit, called "Rediscovering Nina Belle Ward."

Courtesy Don Kerr and Sharon Sandberg

CORRECTION: The original story said the lecture was at 11 a.m. The lecture actually starts at 10 a.m.  

Artists Don Kerr and Sharon Sandberg have spent most of their lives in Michigan. But roughly 15 years ago, their worldview changed on a whimsical visit to Japan. That trip turned into four more, as the duo kept traveling back as scholars with the Japan Center for Michigan Universities in Hikone . The two will talk about their experiences at a Kalamazoo Art League lecture on Wednesday, March 11th at 10 a.m. at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. WMUK's Robbie Feinberg talked with them about their experiences in Japan and how it affected their art.


From bike shops to breweries, Kalamazoo businesses cater to many passions.

The Kalamazoo Public Library is using the month of September to show that having a library card has its privileges.

Its cardholders can get discounts at more than 15 local stores and museums during National Library Card Sign-up Month, according to a news release. Participating businesses include bookstores, coffee shops, restaurants, gift shops and the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.