The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts opened a new exhibition on August 22: Common Ground: African American Art from the Flint Institute of Arts, the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, and the Muskegon Museum of Art, with sculpture, paintings, and works on paper by more than 60 artists. ‘Common Ground celebrates the achievements and challenges of African American artists from the 1800s to today,’ says KIA Executive Director Belinda Tate. ‘It offers an exhilarating array of creativity and personal expression by some of the country’s most important artists.’ ‘The exhibition traces a journey through 150 years of cultural history, from the talent and determination of the earliest artists who overcame daunting social challenges, to internationally acclaimed work by leading contemporary artists,’ says Tate. All of the museums involved share a history of working to diversify their holdings in American art, says Tate, adding, ‘This

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