REDEDICATION OF THE KIRK NEWMAN ART SCHOOL
Friday, March 6, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EST) Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 South Park Street Kalamazoo, MI 49007 CLICK HERE TO REGISTER & FOR MORE INFORMATION
The Artwork of Kirk Newman
Closed February 8, 2015
Urban Institute For Contemporary Arts
Terrific show - click here for photos
COMMUNITY - Concept Drawing
COMMUNITY - Completed
Art Hop Open House Event: Spotlighting the Kirk Newman Art School
Date: Fri Mar 6, 2015
- Free admission 5 - 8
- Gallery activity
- School tours
- Artist demonstrations
- Rededication of the school
- Announcement of major gift from Rosemary and John Brown
- Remarks by Jim Carter, Denise Lisiecki, Rosemary Brown, Kirk Newman, and Belinda Tate
School Kirk Newman first came to Kalamazoo in 1949 as an instructor with the Extension Division of the University of Michigan School of Architecture and Design. He became the school's first full-time instructor, and was director of the art school from 1961-78. Newman created two of Kalamazoo's signature landmarks: When Justice and Mercy Prevail, Children May Safely Play, in Bronson Park, and People, which greets visitors at the South Street entrance of the KIA. Several pieces by Newman will be on display during the evening.
The Kirk Newman Art School offers four terms of classes throughout the year for upwards pf 3,000 adults and children. More than 75 professional artists teach 300+ classes in university-quality studios. The mediums offered include ceramics, digital media, drawing, fiber, glass, jewelry, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture.
Water Street Gallery
Water Street Gallery is located in Douglas, Michigan on the coast of Lake Michigan. The contemporary fine art gallery highlights the work of over 60 established and emerging artists. Works Include painting and mixed media, glass and sculpture. The Gallery features a rotating exhibition schedule of group shows by participating artists. Kirk has many works on display and for sale. Visit their website for more information. www.waterstreetgallery.com
UICA Special Exhibit
Exhibition: LOOKING FORWARD - The Artwork of Kirk Newman
November 7 - February 8, 2015
Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts
Looking Forward: The Artwork of Kirk Newman provides a fresh look at the themes of his prolific career as an artist. Timeless qualities and diverse techniques show that beyond his career empowering education in the arts, Newman’s own observations and empathetic feelings serve up a delightful and thoughtful examination of the modern world.
KIA Kirk Newman Art School
The KIA Kirk Newman Art School is located in the Kalamazoo Institute for the Arts at 314 S. Park Street in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The School is a community-based, non-degree art school offering classes in photography, computer graphics, design, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, papermaking, painting and drawing, printmaking, fiber, glass fusing, art appreciation and children's art. Visit kiarts.org for more information
About Kirk Newman
Newman began his exploration of the figure by creating small sculptures of anonymous businessmen. While their suits identified them as figures of power and authority, their crouching, falling, and grasping postures revealed vulnerability. Cast in bronze, the figures took on an unexpected timelessness.
As Newman's focus shifted toward the whimsical and satirical, the figures suggested the inflated egos and social pretensions of their subjects. By the 1980s the businessmen, now distorted, flattened and shadow-like, conveyed the fast pace of contemporary life.
While widely recognized as a sculptor, Newman was also a dedicated educator. He came to Kalamazoo in 1949 as part of the University of Michigan's extension program. Newman believed community art programs could be as stimulating and rewarding as those offered at the college level. He recruited a dedicated group of teachers to help develop the Kalamazoo Institute of the Arts art school.
When he left as Director of Education in 1978, the school that now bears his name had received national recognition. It continues to be an enduring presence in the cultural life of Kalamazoo. Click here to go the KIA Kirk Newman Art School website for more information
KIA Kirk Newman Art School
The KIA Kirk Newman Art School is located in the Kalamazoo Institute for the Arts at 314 S. Park Street in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
The School is a community-based, non-degree art school offering classes in photography, computer graphics, design, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, papermaking, painting and drawing, printmaking, fiber, glass fusing, art appreciation and children's art.
To contact the school, call (269) 349-7775, ext. 3101 or click here to email the registration office.
Click here to go the KIA Kirk Newman Art School website for more information