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Something Sculpted

Exhibit spotlights global refugee crisis

An exhibit combining sculpture and photography that spotlights the global refugee crisis will open June 8 at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.

Orna Ben-Ami: Entire Life in a Package features works by Israeli sculptor Orna Ben-Ami. She begins with enlarged Reuters news photographs of people with their belongings and sculpts iron satchels, hats, suitcases and other familiar forms to affix to the images. The resulting artworks illustrate the physical and emotional weight of a journey away from one’s home.

A reception for the artist will be held at 5:30 p.m. on June 20 at the KIA, followed by a talk by the artist at 6:30 p.m.

Admission to the KIA is $5, or $2 for students. Children through age 12, KIA members, and active military members get in free.