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54th Annual KIA Art Fair kicks off summer in Kalamazoo

KALAMAZOO, MI.- What began in 1951 as a way to “get art out of the heavy-handed atmosphere of galleries and bring it to the people in their normal, everyday surroundings” is now the second oldest continuously running art fair in the nation. The 54th annual KIA Art Fair will take place Saturday, June 4, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Bronson Park in downtown Kalamazoo. Admission to the Art Fair is free.

An estimated 60,000 people will visit the Art Fair, where more than 200 artist booths will feature works from regional and national artists, including paintings, ceramics, fiber wares, sculpture, photography, mixed media and more, all available for purchase.

The KIA Art Fair also offers activities for kids of all ages, including the Children’s Art Yard, a special space for kids to create their own art to take home, a face-painting booth and a button factory. Bands performing on the Rotary Stage will fill the park with classical, jazz, swing and bluegrass music throughout the day. More than a dozen food vendors will provide edibles for every taste.

Participating artists are selected to exhibit through a slide jury process, and cash awards are given for first, second and third place. This year’s guest juror is Tim Norris, co-curator of Muskegon Community College. The KIA Art Fair is sponsored by Fairfield Broadcasting, Harding’s Market, the Kalamazoo Gazette and Panopoulos Salons.

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