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An exhibition of artwork by Hope College alumni will open in the gallery of the De Pree Art Center on Friday, Oct. 12, in conjunction with the college’s Homecoming Weekend. An opening reception for the exhibition will take place in the gallery on Friday, Oct. 12, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. In addition, alumni who are using their Hope studio art degrees will participate in a panel discussion earlier in the afternoon, on Friday, Oct. 12, at 4 p.m. in Cook Auditorium in the De Pree Art Center.
The public is invited to the exhibition, panel discussion and reception. Admission is free. The Alumni Art Show will feature alumni from the college’s studio art program. Their class years range from 1963 through 2009, and they are from as far away as Cambridge, Mass., and Middleton, Idaho, and as nearby as Holland. All media, including painting, sculpture, installation and works on paper, are included. All of the work in the show was produced in the last two years. The artists with work in the exhibition (with each artist’s class year in parentheses) are: Erin Beaver (’00) of Seymour, Wis.; Heidi Bender (’04) of Chillicothe, Ohio; Joan Bonnette (’63) of South Haven; Jeffrey Brown (’97) of Chicago, Ill.; Nikolas Burkhart (’09) of Chicago, Ill.; Michelle Calkins (’90) of Holland; David Chapple (’91) of Grand Blanc; Todd Erickson (’81) of Farmington Hills; Mary Piers George (’68) of Holland; Clarissa Gregory (’05) of Baltimore, Md.; Jennifer Hansen Gard (’08) of West Olive; Brent Jackson (’03) of Holland; Jon Kay (’08) of Fishers, Ind.; John Killmaster (’67) of Middleton, Idaho; Dylana Pinter (’08) of Holland; Emilie Puttrich (’09) of Cambridge, Mass.; Laurene Warren-Grunwald (’89) of Nunica; and Audrey Wasielewski (’09) of Fort Collins, Colo. Bender, Jackson and Wasielewski will be participating in the panel discussion. The exhibition will continue through Sunday, Nov. 18. The De Pree Art Center is located on Columbia Avenue at 12th Street. The gallery is open Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The gallery is handicapped accessible. Additional information about the exhibition or gallery may be obtained by calling the De Pree Art Center at (616) 395-7500. The college’s Homecoming Weekend runs Friday-Sunday, Oct. 12-14. Additional information about the weekend, which includes a variety of lectures, arts events and athletic competitions open to the community, as well as reunion activities for graduates from 1984 through 2012, is available online at hope.edu/homecoming.