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The KIA Seeks Artists for Annual High School Area Show

by Jill P



The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts’ is seeking entries for the annual High School Area Show opening March 25. Art must be hand-delivered between 9 am – 5 pm, March 9-11. More than $300,000 in scholarships will be awarded!

The show is open to 18 years or younger, in grades 9-12, from nine counties: Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph and Van Buren. The juried exhibition will display up to 100 pieces of art in a variety of mediums, including glass, 2-D, 3-D, video, ceramics, metal, and jewelry. Find more information and entry forms at bit.ly/KIA_HSAS.


(Last year’s winner, “Henderson Castle”, by Grady Hively, won the 6th District Congressional Art Competition and now hangs in the Capitol).


Educator, artist, and curator Ginger Owen, Art Professor at Western Michigan University’s Gwen Frostic School of Art will select works to exhibit and special awards for artistic accomplishment.

The winners of cash awards and scholarships to be announced at the opening reception on April 24. The show will run through May 25.

Partnering with the KIA is the 6th District Congressional Office of Rep. Fred Upton. Artists whose work meets the requirements may choose to concurrently enter the Congressional Art Competition (CAC). The juror will select a work that will hang for one year in the U.S. Capitol, and the artist will receive airfare for two to Washington, D.C., and an invitation to the Artist Reception. Find further details about the CAC: bit.ly/2015CAC.


Important Dates

  • March 9-11: hand delivered submissions, between 9 am – 5 pm
  • March 24, 5:30 – 7:30 pm: Reception and awards ceremony
  • March 25, 11 am: Exhibition opens
  • Awards to be given on March 24


Prizes and Awards





Jill P

Jill is a mom of a busy 8 year old son. KZOOkids.com was started in 2013 to showcase all of the great things to do in and around Kalamazoo. When not working the KZOOkids.com website, Jill likes to hike, cook, and read in her free time.


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