Arts & Cultural Events

Experience the Arts 

Fall 2018 - Spring 2019 events coming soon!

Fall 2017 – Spring 2018

Art. Music. Dance. Literature. Culture. Experience all of these and more this year at Kishwaukee College. From shows in the Art Gallery to Poetry Readings that you can enjoy and participate in, Kish has it all. 

Many Arts and Cultural Events feature student works and performances from our Arts, Music and Literature courses. Many events are offered during the day, making it convenient for students to experience the Arts. And all events are free and open to the public.

Set your mind and spirit soaring at Kish!


Fall Music Recital

December 5 @ 10 am Jenkins Auditorium

Students enrolled in Kish’s private music classes will perform selections from their semester of study in voice, piano, and guitar. Sit back and enjoy the sounds of classical works and maybe an original piece or two. 



Kamelian Literary/Arts Magazine 

Publication Release: April 5 @ 3 pm at the Student Awards Day Ceremony, Jenkins Auditorium

The Kamelian is Kishwaukee College’s award-winning literary magazine first published in 1969. Students across campus are invited to submit their best work in essay, poetry, two-dimensional and three-dimensional art work. Prizes are awarded to the top submissions. The result? A beautiful collection of art and literature – all original by local students!

Community Mural Painting Project

April 3 & 4, Student Center Lobby 

Join others on campus and in the community to collaboratively create a large-scale artwork that celebrates acceptance. The Gender and Sexual Diversity Committee supplies the paint and brushes and you just need to bring a steady hand. It’s a paint-by-numbers event so no art experience is required! The project is open to everyone and the finished work will be displayed on campus. 

Art-O-Mat Ongoing

Located outside the Library 

Art-O-Mats are retired cigarette machines that have been cleverly repurposed to dispense small original works of art created by a worldwide group of artists known as Artists in Cellophane. Kish is home to one of only 144 Art-O-Mats in the U.S.! Purchase an Art-O-Mat token from the Bookstore for $5 and buy yourself a small, unique gift of art that can be stunning, functional, whimsical and more. 

Kishwaukee College Permanent Art Collection

Ongoing Throughout the College

Kishwaukee College’s hallways and public spaces feature works from the College’s permanent collection. The works represent a variety of media, local, regional and world famous artists. 


In the Art Gallery 2017 - 2018: 

Mob Scenes by Byron Anway 

November 14—November 30 
Artist’s Reception November 21 @ 11 am—2 pm 

This Nebraska artist’s paintings deal with the excitement and inherent danger of large groups of people. The impetus for these paintings came from watching the news with his wife in the mornings before work and seeing the similarities between crowds outside the morning show studios, people attending sporting, music, or religious events, and protesters marching for change. These paintings convey authentic representation without academic realism.


Kishwaukee College Fall Juried Student Exhibition

December 4 -January 25 
Artists’ Reception on December 7 @ noon—2 pm 

This juried exhibition highlights artworks created by Kishwaukee College students. Much of the work on display is a product of Kishwaukee College’s art program, showcasing artwork in an array of media, including painting, drawing, ceramics, metals, printmaking, design, and photography. Awards will be given to student artists for artworks that are considered the best of their discipline as decided by the juror. 

An Artists’ Reception will be on Thursday, December 7, from Noon-2pm. Awards will be announced at 1pm. 

Chicago Area Cartoonists & Comics 

January 31-March 1 
Opening Reception on February 1 @ noon-2 pm

Chicago Area Cartoonists and Comics is a group exhibition of over 20 regional artists celebrating the diverse and thriving culture of Chicago-area cartoonists and comics. On display are original drawings, sketches, and digital prints, alongside books the artists have published, giving the public an opportunity to see the work that goes into the creating and printing a comic, and a chance to flip through the published works. This show explores the connections and relationships between art, literature, and popular culture. Participating artists have seen their work appear in The Best American Comics Anthology, Image & DC Comics, Scholastic Books, The New Yorker, and more. Also included are alumni from Kishwaukee College’s Art & Design program. The show is curated by Art faculty member Miles Halpern.

Annual Juried High School Student Exhibition

March 14-March 22 
Artists' Reception March 21, 2018 @ 5-7pm
Awards announced at 6pm.

Rising artistic talent is featured in this juried exhibition where local high school students submit their best work to share with the community. Prizes are awarded to top ranking artworks.

Art: Inspire. Explore. Create. By the members of the Kishwaukee Valley Art League

March 26-April 19 
Artists’ Reception April 11 @ 2-6 pm

The exhibit includes approximately 50 pieces of KVAL member’s art showcasing local talent in all media at all levels.

Kishwaukee College Spring Juried Student Exhibition

April 23-May 10
Artists’ Reception April 25 @ noon-2 pm. Awards announced at 1:00pm

This juried exhibition highlights artworks created by Kishwaukee College students. Much of the work on display is a product of Kishwaukee College’s art program, showcasing artwork in an array of media, such as painting, drawing, ceramics, metals, printmaking, design, and photography. Awards will be given out to student artists for artworks that are considered the best of their discipline as decided by the juror. 




Cultural Experience


Poetry Reading 

April 12 @ 11:00 am in the Art Gallery 

Poems are a wonderful expression of the human experience! We’ll be celebrating National Poetry Month by inviting members of the campus community and our poetry class to share poems with the public. Original and non-original works will be performed. 


Experience Poetry Day

April 18 @ 9:30 am - 2:00 pm in the Student Lounge (C1130) 

Celebrate National Poetry Month! Come interact with magnetic poetry and a playlist of performance poetry that will play in the lounge. Amy Smith, English faculty, will be hosting a workshop on creating poetry books - think origami meets poetry!


Look what else we've done on campus!

Reconstructing Landscapes by Shei-Chau Wang

September 11 - September 30
Artist Reception September 27, 1 - 3:00 pm

Reception will include a demonstration of Chinese Calligraphy and Ink Painting by Shei-Chau Wang from 1-2:00 pm followed by a performance by the Northern Illinois University Chinese Music Ensemble at 3:00 pm.

This exhibition combines art traditions with the Western medium of watercolor. The installation is in chronological order, documenting the development of Wang’s abstract landscape paintings. Selected sketches, small-scale watercolor studies, and photos of his ink paintings are also displayed to help Gallery visitors understand how he applies his knowledge of Chinese art and culture to his own work in a Western medium.

All the Illustrious Shadows by Sarah Nguyen 

October 9—November 2
Artist’s Reception 10/18 @ 11 am-2 pm

We are story makers and shadow watchers. This exhibit features paintings and hand-cut paper scrolls. Using folklore as the source of artistic inspiration, the artist returns the viewer temporarily to a state of childhood, dwelling in the senses, immersed in the images of stories, and experiencing the primacy of the physical.


Night of the Living Dead

October 11 @ Noon in Jenkins Auditorium

Join other fans of the thriller film genre in rediscovering Director George Romero’s 1968 classic film just in time for the Halloween season. Group viewing and brief discussion with Faculty member Nathan Gordon following the viewing. Free.



Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

October 12 @ 6:30 pm in the Conference Center Dining Room (A1273) 

Dancers from Conexion Comuniad, Ballet Folklorico Xochiqutezal and Ballet Nueva Imagen will be performing traditional folklore dances from various regions of Mexico. Folklore dance is a unique and colorful celebration of culture and ethnic traditions that reflect a rich and varied regional history. Beautiful costumes, swirling skirts and staccato steps in rhythm will have you tapping your toes.


Day of the Dead Program

October 31 @ 11 am - 2 pm in the Student Center Atrium 

Learn about this traditional holiday and get the chance to make a t-shirt, wooden skull and see the presentation of a traditional altar meant to honor the deceased.