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KIA shows off regional artists
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Companions 8, Deborah Rockman, low-tech digital drawing on a photograph, a prize winner at the 2017 West Michigan Area Show.

Two shows at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts this month focus on talented artists of the Southwest Michigan area.

If you want a chance to glimpse future greatness, the 36th annual High School Area Show will showcase the best high-school-age artists in the area May 18-June 10. This juried competition and exhibition offers cash prizes and scholarships. A reception with the artists is set for 5:30–7:30 p.m. May 17 at the KIA.

To see some of the best work being created by regional artists, check out the West Michigan Area Show. This annual juried exhibition and competition showcases the work of artists from 14 Michigan counties. A reception will be held from 5:30-8 p.m. May 24, with winners announced at 6:30 p.m.

For more information, visit kiarts.org.