History

How it All Started

In 1962 a handful of local artists held a clothesline art exhibition along Lake Bluff Park in St. Joseph, Michigan.  Those artists went on to form the St. Joseph Art Association which, through beneficence of George & Olga Krasl, built Krasl Art Center as we know it today in 1979. 

The KAC Today

The Krasl Art Center provides southwest Michigan residents and visitors the opportunity to experience high quality art exhibitions, installations, and events as well as art classes, camps, guest artist workshops, and outreach opportunities.  Located in a 17,500 square foot building, the center has public galleries, art making studios, a black and white wet darkroom, a gift shop and a permanent collection of 38 sculptures.

 

Krast Art Center Exterior Building
The former clothesline art exhibition has now become the nationally ranked Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff, a juried fine art/fine craft fair featuring 216 artists from U.S. and international locations.  In addition, the KAC holds its annual Artisan Market (formerly Holly Market) and Soup’s On each autumn.  The George Krasl Memorial Concert is held twice per year in honor of Mr. Krasl.  In addition, the annual Swinging for Sculpture golf benefit is held each year to fund the purchase and placement of sculpture throughout the community.

The KAC is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, Washington D.C.

Master Plan

Become informed about the exciting things happening at the Krasl Art Center!  Click on the pdf below to learn more about the KAC and the Master Planning process.
Master Planning Information.pdf

View the KAC's RFP for Site Design here:
RFP_KAC_SiteDesign.May2016.pdf