Arts at KNC
Take in an exhibition in the Glen Vista Gallery, take part in a workshop, support local artists at the Buy Local Art & Gift Fair, or explore sculpture in the Arboretum – there’s always something amazing to see at KNC!
The Exhale Project

The Exhale Project   Heather Briggs

On view in the Glen Vista Gallery through August 21

The Exhale Project is a time capsule of hopes and worries that was created pre-COVID. The installation has over 500 origami cranes, and displays a selection of touching, handwritten notes from participants. The exhibit encourages viewers to take a moment to breathe and reflect, and to contribute notes for future exhibits.

Heather Briggs has a bachelor’s degree in fine arts in photography from Andrews University and has exhibited her work at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts and ArtPrize. She lives and works in Kalamazoo.

Look for Briggs’s work in Trailhead Gifts & Books this spring and summer, and take part in a workshop or artist talk.


Upcoming Workshop & Artist Talk

cyanotype workshop

Cyanotype 101 with Artist Heather Briggs

Sunday, June 26, 1:00-3:00 pm   
Fee: $5 Member/ $12 Non-Member  REGISTER HERE >
Meet: Glen Vista Gallery / Vista Deck  |  Audience: Ages 8+, geared toward families 

Join Heather Briggs, creator of The Exhale Project, to create cyanotype prints with found objects and plants. Participants can add a personal touch with a handwritten note or word to their prints. Feel free to bring some small items to use in the printing process. Recommended items are jewelry, translucent objects, small animal toys, marbles, lace, paper cut outs, etc. The cyanotype process is used in The Exhale Project. Learn more about the cyanotype process here >

The Exhale Project

Please note: This event has been cancelled.

Artist Talk with Heather Briggs

Sunday, June 26, 3:00-4:00 pm   

Local Kalamazoo artist, Heather Briggs, will share about her inspiration and process for The Exhale Project. This installation touches on the themes of mental health, and grieving and celebrating in community.


Heron Sculpture

Sculpture Tour

Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the Arboretum on a self-guided Sculpture Tour.  Some are easy to find, such as the beautiful marble “Snowy Owl” by Paul Keeslar.  Others, like Robert Cumpston’s “Squirrel,” are a bit more of a fun challenge … see if you can find his hiding place!
Stop in to Guest Services for a copy of the Sculpture Tour brochure. Online version coming soon!

Glen Vista Gallery

Glen Vista Gallery

The Glen Vista Gallery is a 1,300 square foot gallery space which acts as a space for artists to exhibit nature-related artwork. NOTE: While the gallery is typically open to the public, there are certain times when the space will be reserved for a special event, class, or other organization.  Please call ahead at 269-381-1574 ext. 0 to verify gallery hours.

Buy Local Art and Gift Fair

Buy Local Art & Gift Fair

Saturday, December 3, 2022 9:00am-4:00pm open to public with free admission
Artist applications will open June 1.

KNC’s annual Buy Local Art & Gift Fair is not your ordinary art fair! More than 50 local artisans transform the Visitor Center with their creative displays and top-quality work. Visitors enjoy chatting with artists and vendors, surrounded by the beauty of the winter woods.

Learn More >