Since 1924, the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts (314 S Park St., Kalamazoo MI) has been one of Southwest Michigan’s finest cultural havens. As a community art school and museum, the KIA strives to “cultivate both the creation and appreciation of the visual arts.” Its impressive permanent collection features works from many celebrated artists, including Alexander Calder, William Merritt Chase, Andy Warhol and Helen Frankenthaler. The front entrance holds a massive, vibrant, red-orange glass chandelier created by none other than Dale Chihuly.
The museum also features exciting exhibitions. Through the end of August, one can observe the West Michigan Area Show 2013. Local artists from a 14 county region place entries and over $4000 in cash prizes are awarded. If you are considering a visit, be sure to also check out the traveling exhibitions as well, many of which will remain through the end of summer: Modern Twist: Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art, A Precious Artistic Moment: Paintings by Catherine Hinkle, and For and Against Modern Art: The Armory Show + 100.