posted August 15, 2000

Econ/Bus Dept to Show Artwork

An on-going effort to showcase the
talents of student artists at Hope College will continue
with a reception on Friday, Aug. 18, in the college's
department of economics and business administration.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

The exhibition "L'oeuvre d'ete: Summer Work" will
open with a reception on Friday, Aug. 18, from 7 p.m. to 8
p.m. The exhibition will feature several paintings by
Nathan Klay, a Hope sophomore from Holland. The event will
also mark the space's dedication as "The Muiderman Art Hall"
in honor of recently retired faculty member Anthony
Muiderman. Both Klay and Muiderman will be present.

The department is located in the DeWitt Center for
Economics and Business Administration, which is on the main
floor between Van Zoeren Hall and the Van Wylen Library.
The department's main entrance faces Graves Place (11th
Street) between Central and College avenues.

The exhibition will be the third that the
department has featured. According to Dr. Robin Klay,
professor of economics and business administration, the
members of the department felt that the plain walls in their
hallways represented untapped potential: an opportunity--in
addition to the De Pree Art Center--for students to have
their work displayed. It was also a chance for the
department to put a bit of philosophy into practice.

"I really believe that business leaders need to be
patrons of the arts," Klay said. "Our intention is to have
student work hung here three or four times a year."

The exhibition of work by Klay's son will run into
the new school year, continuing through Friday, Sept. 29.
The department anticipates featuring work by a variety of
artists.

Klay noted that it was Muiderman's long-time
interest in the arts that made dedicating the hallway in his
honor a natural move. "He's been such a wonderful supporter
of the arts that it seemed very fitting to name it after
him," she said.

Muiderman retired at the end of the 1999-2000
school year as professor emeritus of business administration
after serving on the Hope faculty since 1977.