Explore the Collections

The collection of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts includes over 4,000 works of art, focusing on American painting, sculpture and ceramics; American and European works on paper; and photography. In recent years, the collection has been expanded to include Oceanic, Pre-Columbian, African, and East Asian art.

With support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the KIA’s collection is now accessible worldwide via our online collections database. You are invited to search the collection (click the Search tab above) or explore the collection by artist (click the Artists tab).

To view selections from the collection, click on any of the categories below.

  • Spurred by an initiative to acquire work by important African-American artists, the KIA's collection now features work by Robert Scott Duncanson, Henry Ossawa Tanner, Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden, Hughie Lee-Smith, James Van Der Zee, Lorna Simpson and others.
  • The KIA is dedicated to presenting the art of non-Western cultures to its visitors. The collection includes art from Africa, East Asia, Oceania and Central America.
  • Though strongest in its holdings of American art, the KIA has built an impressive collection of European prints, drawings and other works on paper from the sixteenth to twentieth centuries.
  • Every visit to the KIA is a new experience, as recently acquired works of art are displayed throughout the year. Check this page often to discover what's new to the collection.
  • The KIA's collection of Tiffany works began in 2007 with a donation of mosaic tiles from John Loring, then Design Director at Tiffany & Co. In 2008, the company honored Mr. Loring upon his retirement by establishing a fund dedicated to the purchase of Tiffany pieces for the KIA.