posted November 21, 2011

De Pree Gallery to Feature Annual Fall Juried Student Show

The annual juried student art show at Hope College will open with a reception on Friday, Dec. 2, from 5 to 6 p.m. and continue through Friday, Dec. 16, in the gallery of the De Pree Art Center.

The public is invited.  Admission is free.

The competitive exhibition, open to all students at Hope, is an annual fixture in the De Pree gallery.  Each year, the department of art and art history invites a recognized artist or curator to judge the student work.

This year's juror is Dana Friis-Hansen, director and chief executive officer of the Grand Rapids Art Museum. He grew up in New England and attended Minnesota's Carleton College before accepting an internship with the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. He subsequently worked in Houston, Texas; Boston, Mass.; Tokyo, Japan; and Austin, Texas, before his 2011 move to Grand Rapids.

Friis-Hansen served in curatorial positions from 1985 through 1999, continuing on as chief curator at the AustinMuseum of Art while assuming the position of executive director in 2002 for nine years. Additionally, Friis-Hansen is an accomplished writer and editor, with dozens of catalogues, books, articles and published papers to his credit. He has organized more than 70 exhibitions presented in the U.S., Asia, and Europe.

Friis-Hansen holds a B.A. in art history from Carleton College in Minnesota and was awarded the Helena Rubenstein Fellowship at the Whitney Museum of American Art Museum Studies Program. He also attended the Museum Leadership Institute at the GettyCenter in Los Angeles.

Friis-Hansen will give a juror's talk in the gallery on Friday, Dec. 2, at 4:30 p.m.

The De Pree Art Center is located at 160 E. 12th St., on Columbia Avenue at 12th Street. The regular gallery hours are Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. Gallery hours may be reduced during breaks and holidays. The gallery is handicapped accessible.