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Looking Forward: The Artwork of Kirk Newman


Looking Forward: The Artwork of Kirk Newman
November 7, 2014 - February 8, 2015

From the moment he touched ceramics after he returned home from World War II, Kirk Newman impacted arts, culture, and the people around him through sculpture, drawing, and printmaking. He dedicated his life to being an educator, and most notably created the Kirk Newman School at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. His sensitivity to the lives of others led his art down a path of consistently examining the risk, anxiety, and humor of the business world. Throughout his career, Newman has seen his artwork installed regionally and internationally, participating in shows in Hong Kong, Toronto, and more.

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.

This exhibition is presented with the Water Street Gallery and the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. 


Dates: November 7, 2014—February 8, 2015
Cost: $5 gallery admission. Members: free.

Support for UICA's Fall and Winter exhibitions is provided by:

CWD Real Estate Investment

The Franciscan Life Process Center

Law Weathers Attorneys and Counselors

Mark McKenna

Grand Rapids Photo Booth Co.

Standale Lumber

Collectors Talk
February 6,  7–8 pm (free)

Join Chris Markin, a longtime Newman collector who has known the artist since childhood, as he shares insights and weaves stories of Newman’s career and interactions with other artists and proponents of his work. 

Earlier Event: September 13
Collaboration: Artprize 2014
Later Event: November 15
Buying Friends: The Kortman Collection