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Same Art, Changing Communities

Same Art, Changing Communities

by Jenna Riehl

Does Kalamazoo’s public art still represent us as a public? Renowned sculptor and educator Kirk Newman came to Kalamazoo as part of a University of Michigan extension program in 1949. By the mid 1970’s, Newman had already installed two of the most recognizable and well known outdoor sculptures in Kalamazoo. Continue reading

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Celebrating A Culture’s History

Celebrating A Culture’s History

by Maureen Federo

Outside of the Black Arts and Cultural Center sits James C. Palmore’s The Velvelettes (2008). The portrait of Motown’s 1960’s singing group exposes glamour in their all white elegant gowns with white dots dangling as sparkling diamond earrings that range in different styles of accessory. Continue reading

A Conversation with Artist-Activist Dan S. Wang

A Conversation with Artist-Activist Dan S. Wang

by Rachel Pieciak

On April 11, 2012, writer, printer, and artist Dan S. Wang was brought to Kalamazoo College by the Office of the President and the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership as a part of a series of conversations about the meaning of public art on campus, and its ability to demonstrate, influence and create change, and what that means for the Kalamazoo College community. Continue reading