Not to be missed!

Join us this spring to meet two distinguished curators dedicated to expanding our understanding of their institutions’ remarkable collections.


March 13, 10:00 am | KIA Auditorium

Dr. Laura De Becker, Chief Curator and the Helmut and Candis Stern Curator of African Art at the University of Michigan Museum of Art

Repatriation of Artwork – Wish You Were Here

Repatriation of artwork and cultural artifacts is one of the most important issues facing museums around the world today.  Dr. De Becker will discuss the complex issues of repatriation, provenance, and collaboration which are among the pressing issues facing museums with collections of African objects.

Reception following Lecture


April 10, 10:00 am | KIA Auditorium

Dr. Tuliza Fleming, Curator of American Art at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture

Building the Collection

Dr. Fleming will share her process of building the museum’s foundational American art collection, as well as serving as the lead curator for the museum’s inaugural exhibition, Visual Art and the American Experience.

Reception following Lecture

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View the full line-up of interesting and inspiring speakers for our 2023-24 Lecture Series here!

ART LEAGUE is a motivated and dedicated volunteer organization founded to organize annual lecture series at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. Annual dues (valid July 1st thru the next June 30th) are $40.

Since 1955, lecturers have been selected from across the US from the forefront of experts who create, curate, study, or write about art. Art League programs promote understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of the visual arts for its members, the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts and our community.

Check out what our past lecturers have been doing since they spoke to Art League!

October 9, 2019

Crime Scene Conservation: Preserving the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death

March 12, 2019

Creating the Voice of a Community

April 10, 2019

The Face of Greatness: Abraham Lincoln in Art and Photographs