Robbie Feinberg

Al Lavergne’s metal sculptures have taken him all around the country -- from Dallas and New Orleans to Kalamazoo, where he taught at Western Michigan University for nearly 25 years. But in 2012, he went farther than he’d ever gone before: Nigeria. He’ll be talking about the experience at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts on July 16th.

Photo courtesy of T.J. Aitken

Artist T.J. Aitken will dedicate his sculpture called Renaissance Race to the City of Plainwell. It looks like large spools of paper twisting and turning in the wind, with angelic figures cut into the ends of each roll. The work represents Plainwell’s past as a center for paper manufacturing, and how residents are working to revitalize the city. Aitken says he has always been fascinated by machines.