Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

What is the price of admission to the Krasl Art Center?
Some things in life are free!  The Krasl Art Center galleries and many programs are free and open to the public.  Donations are greatly appreciated and we welcome any amount you are able to give at our donation box located at the entrance to the main gallery.  You may also view our outdoor sculptures for free anytime you wish.
What is the cost of parking at the Krasl Art Center?
Parking is free in the KAC parking lot.  Visitors may also park for 2 hours for free on adjacent streets.
Are food and beverages allowed in the galleries?
Sometimes it’s okay to have food and beverages in the galleries.  Other times, exhibitions require that food and beverages remain in the lobby.  Please check with KAC staff before entering the galleries.
Is photography allowed in the galleries?
Some exhibitions allow for photography, however, to be sure it’s okay to photograph the artwork, please check with staff before taking pictures.
Does the Krasl Art Center offer reciprocal membership to other museums?
The KAC offers reciprocal memberships to ten (10) other Michigan museums with any membership over $150.
Is the Krasl Art Center closed on holidays?
The Krasl Art Center is closed on the following holidays:  New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve (building closes at noon).
Does the KAC close during inclement weather?
The Krasl Art Center is closed when St. Joseph Public Schools close due to weather conditions.  Please check with local media outlets (WSJM-AM1400, ABC-57 News, or other media outlets for closing alerts).
How do I update my contact information with the KAC?
We’re glad you want to stay in touch! Please email your new contact information to info1@krasl.org.
Are there nearby places to eat?
A variety of eating establishments are located within a few short blocks of the Krasl Art Center.  Our preferred eateries include the Bistro, located in The Boulevard Inn, Bread + Bar (downtown Benton Harbor), Schu’s Grill & Bar, and Biggby Coffee.  Stop by St. Joseph Today, which is our downtown chamber of commerce, or visit their website at www.stjosephtoday.com.  You’ll also find information regarding lodging, shopping, things to do, and local happenings on their website.
May I sketch/draw in the galleries?
Yes, you may sketch and draw in the galleries with pencil; however, some exhibitions may restrict sketching and drawing.  Please check with staff to be sure it’s okay.  The KAC’s outdoor sculptures are available any time for you to sketch and draw at your convenience!
Is the KAC kid friendly?
The Krasl Art Center is very kid friendly, and we encourage you to bring kids of all ages for a visit!  Strollers are permitted in the galleries.  We also have an elevator to access all three floors of the building, plus we have restrooms on each level of the museum. 
How do I encourage my child’s interest in art?

One great way to encourage your child’s interest is to introduce him/her to our Learning Curve, which is an interactive, often hands-on, learning space in our lobby.  While you are in the galleries, do the following to help spark children’s imagination and curiosity about art:

  • Ask them what they see in the painting, or what the artwork brings to mind when they view it.
  • Pose like the images or sculptures.
  • Create a story about the artworks.
  • Imagine being part of the art and what they would see, feel, hear and do if they were part of the artworks.
  • Let them create a drawing of the artworks.

Play the game of “I Spy” with the artworks.

How do I receive updates about the Krasl Art Center?
The best way to receive updates is to become a member.  You may also receive updates by requesting to be added to our email list.

Artwork

How do I exhibit my art at the Krasl Art Center?
Thanks for your interest in exhibiting!  You’ll find the information you need on our website under Exhibition Opportunities.
Is the exhibition artwork for sale?
Artwork may be for sale, depending on the exhibition.  Please check with Tami Miller, Curator of Exhibitions, Collections and Education, at tmiller@krasl.org  or the welcome desk to inquire about purchasing exhibition artwork.
I am an artist and would like to sell my art at the Krasl Art Center. Is it possible to do this?
Yes!  In fact, there are three ways for you to sell your art through the KAC. The gift shop has a consignment program for artists to display and sell their works. Please contact giftshop@krasl.org to learn about consignment. 
 
You may also sell your work at Artisan Market, which is our indoor art fair held each autumn. Visit the Artisan Market section of our website for details.
 
The Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff provides another opportunity for artists to show and sell artwork. This nationally ranked, juried art fair welcomes over 200 artists and more than 70,000 visitors in mid-July. For more information about the Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff, visit the Art Fair section of the KAC website.
How can I buy art at Krasl Art Center?
Our gift shop and events such as Artisan Market and the Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff provides opportunities to purchase unique, quality artworks. Sometimes, exhibition artworks are for sale as well. Please inquire at the welcome desk if you are interested in purchasing exhibition artwork.
Can the KAC staff appraise my artwork?
While the KAC staff is unable to appraise works of art due to conflict of interest issues, we do have a list of appraisers.  Please contact Tami Miller, Curator of Exhibitions, Collections and Education at tmiller@krasl.org  for a list of appraisers for you to choose from.