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Current Exhibition:

Art & Poetry

August 22, 2014 - September 28, 2014

Opening Reception: Friday, August 29, 2014
from 5 - 6 p.m. @ the De Pree Art Center

Curator's Talk: Friday, August 29, 2014
from 4 - 5 in Winants Auditorium, Graves Hall


The exhibition has been curated by Charles Mason, founding director of the college’s Kruizenga Art Museum, which is under construction immediately northwest of the De Pree Art Center and scheduled for completion during the 2015-16 school year. Mason will give a curator’s talk on Friday, Aug. 29, at 4 p.m. in Winants Auditorium of Graves Hall, with a reception following in the gallery from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The combination of poetry and art for the exhibit is a natural
connection for Mason.

“Painting and poetry have long been considered complementary arts in both Western and Eastern cultures. The exact nature of the relationship between the two arts has been the subject of much critical debate for many centuries, but on a basic level both arts often describe similar scenes and situations and attempt to convey similar feelings and moods,” Mason explains in his curatorial statement. “On a deeper level, painters and poets both apprehend life through their imaginations, condensing ideas and filtering details to provide fresh perspectives on the world.” The exhibition, which opened on Friday, Aug. 22, employs works from the college’s Permanent Collection, along with works made for the exhibition by Hope College students, faculty, and staff. In some cases, visual images were made in response to poems, while at other times the poems are a response to a visual image. Mason says “The goal of the exhibition is to increase awareness of the power of visual art and poetry to magnify one another and to enrich all our lives.”

For more information, please contact the De Pree Gallery Office at (616) 395-7500. Regular Gallery hours for the Academic Year are Monday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.; and Sunday 1:00 until 5:00 p.m. The De Pree Art Center and Gallery is located at the corner of 12th Street and Columbia Avenue. Gallery hours may be reduced during breaks and holidays. The gallery is handicapped accessible.

Admission is free.