Krasl Art Center in downtown St. Joseph, Michigan collects and publicly displays contemporary sculpture. On our campus and throughout the community, indoors and out, you can engage with dynamic artworks by Dale Chihuly, Richard Hunt, George Rickey, and many more artists – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Explore KAC’s public sculpture sites and you will learn about more than art; you will discover the community in which it lives.
Krasl Art Center offers youth and adult education programs in a variety of media, including drawing, painting, photography, stop-motion animation, ceramics, and sculpture. Stay up-to-date on classes by subscribing to our e-newsletter
KAC offers in-person programs including youth camps & classes, teen/adult classes, and visiting artist workshops year-round.
Something is always happening at Krasl Art Center. From the Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff to ongoing public events indoors and out to our volunteer gatherings, Krasl is a vibrant year ’round gathering spot. See what’s coming soon. We’d love to see you at Krasl Art Center in beautiful downtown St. Joseph, Michigan.
Head to Lake Bluff Park on the second weekend of July for the Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff presented by 1st Source Bank Wealth Advisory Services and Krasl Art Center! 2023 dates are Saturday, July 8 from 10 am – 6 pm, and Sunday, July 9 from 10 am – 5 pm.
The non-profit Krasl Art Center provides southwest Michigan residents and visitors the opportunity to experience high quality art exhibitions, installations, and events, and to participate in art classes, camps, guest artist workshops, and outreach opportunities. Always changing indoors and out, Krasl is grateful for the support of our generous donors, volunteers and members. If you haven’t yet, please consider volunteering, becoming a member and/or making a donation. It all matters.
“The ideas for this series must have started over sixty-five years ago with me as a toddler sitting on the floor ‘stacking’ blocks.
“I have always had a fascination with buildings and bridges, as well as the from a tradition of craftsmanship. I prefer to use materials that convey columns, posts, beams and arches that support them. I come to this world strength. I have always felt that good art should be well made and that there is no excuse for poor craftsmanship.
“I see each sculpture as a ‘clean sheet of paper’ that presents new opportunities to discover solutions. Beyond content and suitability, my sculpture concentrates on the fundamental issues of form and how negative space defines it as well as the techniques employed to create it.” – Kenneth M. Thompson
Kenneth M. Thompson holds a Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Siena Heights University and a Master of Liberal Studies in Sculpture from the University of Toledo (Ohio). Thompson has been making sculpture since 1978 out of a car dealership-turned-studio in Blissfield, Michigan. From this facility, he and his eight assistants also operate Flatlanders Sculpture Supply & Art Galleries and the Midwest Sculpture Initiative. Thompson is well-versed in bronze casting, metal fabrication and woodworking but prefers stone carving.
The major focus of his work since 1997 has been large-scale public sculpture, of which he has completed over 70 large-scale projects. In addition, he enjoys making smaller work for gallery exhibits. He has thirty-five one person shows and numerous group exhibitions and many awards to his credit.
KAC’s biennial invitational returns this summer with new guest curators, interactive art experiences, and locations all over town. To learn more and find a complete listing of related programs, click here.