Exhibitions

Krasl Art Center offers historical, contemporary and thematic exhibitions that are thought provoking, relevant and relatable.


Lines with Power and Purpose

January 31-March 08

In an age of memes, satire and political polarization, Lines with Power and Purpose: Editorial Cartoons illustrates historical battles amid politics and popular opinion. It represents a bygone era when printed matter was the status quo and cartoonists were part of the newsroom staff. Featuring fifty-one original editorial cartoons from metropolitan newspapers in the United States, the exhibition spans across two world wars and the great depression. It illustrates discontent with the US government, presidential elections, and daily work-related battles with dualistic intentions: to provide welcomed comic relief as well as shape opinion.

Included in this exhibition are six Pulitzer Prize winners for editorial cartooning, among others. The collection has been culled from the Melton Gallery at the University of Central Oklahoma, which has housed the cartoons for more than three decades.

A Program of ExhibitsUSA, a national division of Mid-America Arts Alliance and The National Endowment for the Arts

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In the artlab: Ongoing Matter

January 31-March 08

Ongoing Matter is a collection of poster designs developed by 11 designers across the United States intended to increase access to, and facilitate engagement with, the Report On the Investigation Into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election, more colloquially known as The Mueller Report. The exhibition follows a long history of posters as a medium for empowering citizens at crucial, societal, political, and cultural moments in time. As a non-partisan undertaking, an overarching goal of the designers is to help educate and inspire activism, regardless of political ideology affiliation.

Participating Artists
Rafael Barahona
Anne H Berry
Marie Bourgeois
Mikey Burton
Brian Edlefson
Sarah Edmands Martin
Jordan Kauffman
Andre Murnieks
Kelly Walters

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2019 Krasl Art Center Members’ Show

December 06-January 20

KAC continues the theme of resiliency into its annual members’ show. Explore how local and regional artists address this theme through art.

Krasl Art Center (KAC) is proud to present the theme of Resiliency for the 2019 Members’ Show from December 6 – January 20. Each year, members are invited to submit one new artwork of their making addressing the current year’s exhibition theme. Continuing with KAC’s current exhibition (on view thru December 1), Resiliency is defined as the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats and even stress – such as family and relationship problems, serious health problems, or workplace and financial stresses. This exhibition is underwritten by Chemical Bank.

This continuation of KAC’s current exhibition, Resiliency, was inspired by dialogue between KAC and Spectrum Health Lakeland (SHL). In 2016, SHL completed a Community Health Needs Assessment in which mental health emerged as the most urgent need throughout Berrien County. The same year, KAC committed to inspiring meaningful change and strengthening the community through visual arts as its new mission. Combining KAC’s expertise in art, and SHL’s expertise in wellness, both exhibitions represent the collaborative effort to improve individual lives and community in our area. 

All media, styles, and skillsets are accepted in the 2019 Members’ Show encouraging creativity and community bonding. Collaborative efforts are encouraged and performance pieces will be considered. KAC members are invited to submit their artworks for display December 1, 11 AM – 5 PM, and December 2, 11 AM – 8 PM. The exhibition will be on view December 6, 2019 – January 20, 2020. Artwork will be available for pickup from January 22 – 26 during KAC public hours.

Not a member?  Not a problem. Join the KAC family when you drop off your artwork on December 1 and 2! There is only one size requirement: artworks must be able to fit through KAC’s front doors. All mediums and levels of expertise are welcome. Click here for additional artwork criteria, Information on membership levels, and a discount offer from Waterfront Framing and Fine Art.

“Our members and the surrounding community are extremely important to KAC, and we are thrilled to celebrate them and their collective resiliency with this unique exhibition. We are pleased to offer this opportunity to present member’s artwork that is professionally displayed in KAC’s beautiful galleries,

 – Tami Miller, KAC Deputy Director and Curator.


This activity is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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CRITERIA:

  • One artwork per artist/artist group.
  • Art must reflect the theme of the exhibition and have been created within the past 2 years.
  • Artworks must be of reasonable size and scale. If we can not fit it through the front door, we can not display it.
  • Art must be display ready. This means, it is easily understood how the artwork is installed and the KAC is not providing special hardware, frames, brackets, etc.
  • Applicants must complete a registration form. Forms will be available during drop off, though early completion is encouraged.
  • All exhibiting artists must be a member of the KAC. Not a member already? Sign up when you bring in your art.

Drop-Off Day: DECEMBER 1, 11 AM – 5 PM AND DECEMBER 2, 11 AM – 8 PM
Opening Party: DECEMBER 6, 5:30 – 8 PM
Artworks Returned: JANUARY 20 – 22

*Waterfront Framing & Fine Art is offering 20% off framing for KAC member’s artwork for this show. Please allow 2 weeks for completion.