The best art wakes us, calls us to attention, and offers a new perspective on the familiar. Tom Kiefer’s photos possess both a commanding visual presence and a powerful human message. They offer both straight-forward and intimate depictions of a really complex subject.

We know very little about the individual lives that are attached to these objects, but these works make us curious. They cause us to pay attention to people whose stories are either invisible or lost in the “issue of immigration.” This exhibition connects us to human stories, and reminds us of our shared humanity- and that’s pretty powerful.

It’s worth noting that it’s not every day that you have an artist like Tom Kiefer present at an opening. This is Tom’s first major solo exhibition, but since we’ve announced it, he’s received a dizzying amount of national press, and this exhibition is now booked for the next two years. In short, he’s kind of a big deal. And he’s eager to what this work means to him, personally.

We’ve designed 3 exclusive and unique opportunities for you to meet Tom:


October 25 from 5-6PM
$15 & Space is Limited
We love a good themed party! If you purchase a VIP ticket for a mere $15, you’ll get two tacos, a tequila-based cocktail (or drink of choice), and experience the first-look at our Exhibition.

The VIP private gallery tour with Tom Kiefer and our curator takes place from 5-6PM, but If you can’t swing that, from 6:30-8PM the exhibition is free and open to the public! You’ll still be able to purchase drinks and mingle with the artist and we’ll have live music from Christian Garcia too.


October 27 from 10-11AM
$10 & Space is Limited

* Your ticket includes a cup of Uncommon Grounds coffee and yummy breakfast nibbles.

Join us for a timely conversation with contemporary fine art photographer Tom Kiefer, hosted by SCA Exhibition Curator Tori Pelz. Gain insight into Kiefer’s practice and process which centers around collection and systemically documenting items confiscated at the US/Mexico border. Often referring to these confiscated items as “sacred objects.” Kiefer has created a visual narrative that navigates the timely topic of immigration and integrates both the tragic and the poetic.

While the aesthetics of the images alone are striking, the work reminds us of the game-changer that is context. The stories behind these objects, especially the mysteries, are what give the work its real power.


October 29 7PM
Free Admission
Cash Bar

Learn about the “why and “how” behind El Sueno Americano: The American Dream. This intimate discussion will be moderated by our friend Salvatore Sapienza. Guests will hear about the genesis of Tom’s collection of confiscated items, media and public reaction to his art, and what he’s currently working on. Tom also shares stories about people he’s met along the way.

* Sponsored by the Saugatuck-Douglas Art Club


$35 While Supplies Last
Shipping Available
A custom designed softcover catalog, autographed by the artists, Tom Kiefer. 12″ x 12″, 32 pages, full color printed on 176 gsm super smooth uncoated paper featuring all of the photographs from our exhibition.