Kruizenga Art Museum
The new Kruizenga Art Museum will enhance
the role of the college’s Permanent Collection as a teaching
tool, providing space and resources to view and conduct scholarship
on works from around the world and spanning centuries. This conceptual
rendering of the museum looks northeast from above Kollen Hall. The
DeWitt Center is at lower left, the Martha Miller Center for Global
Communication at upper left, and the De Pree Art Center at upper right.
Kruizenga Art Museum Planned
Hope is making plans for a new art museum that will house and provide exhibition
space for the Permanent Collection, as well as dedicated curatorial support to
help care for the collection and further develop it as a teaching tool.
The facility is being named in recognition of a leadership gift from Richard ’52
and the late Margaret Feldmann ’52 Kruizenga of Holland, Mich. (formerly
||A strong appreciation for the importance
of art has led Dr. Richard Kruizenga ’52 and Margaret Feldmann ’52
Kruizenga to provide a leadership gift for a new art museum and
related curatorial and programmatic support to help enhance the
educational value of the college’s Permanent Collection.
With more than 1,000 objects, and encompassing centuries and traditions
from around the world, the collection is a significant teaching
resource with potential greater than the college’s current
facilities and staffing levels have been able to realize.
The total goal for the museum is $4,375,000, which includes
construction costs of just over $3 million and a maintenance endowment of
over $1 mllion, with $1.8 million left to raise. Several alumni and friends
of the college have already contributed to the project, with fundraising
on-going. The Kruizengas’ gift includes not only support for the construction
of the museum, but endowments for its exhibition program, a new curator for
the collection and the endowment of a professorship in the department of
art, which are all over and above the total museum goal.
The museum will be constructed on Columbia Avenue at 11th Street, between the
De Pree Art Center and the Martha Miller Center for Global Communication on
land currently occupied by a parking lot and a student-housing
Building Hope on Experience
| Matt VanderBorgh ’84
||Donald Battjes ’68
Bringing the college’s new Kruizenga
Art Museum from vision to fruition is a team effort, beginning with
the generosity of the building’s donors and drawing heavily
on the talents of Matt VanderBorgh ’84 and Donald Battjes ’68,
art alumni whose career paths have led them to unique roles in shaping
the facility. Vander Borgh has gone on to a career as an architect
who has completed projects around the world, and is bringing his
internationally acclaimed expertise back to Hope as designer of the
museum. Battjes, newly retired from a career in corporate facilities
and real estate administration, most recently as chief of operations
and facility planning with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art,
is playing a leadership role in guiding the museum’s programmatic
needs from the drawing boards to realization.
Matt Vander Borgh ’84 of The Hague, the Netherlands, and Donald Battjes ’68
of Los Angeles, Calif., bring their individual talents and training back
to the college, applying career expertise honed through decades of experience.
They are helping make the new Kruizenga Art Museum a place that will enable
new generations of students to achieve their dreams, too.
An architect internationally acclaimed for his work, Vander Borgh is director
of C Concept Design, which has developed projects in 19 countries on four continents.
He has worked closely with Hope in designing a building that will not only
provide a home for the college’s magnificent Permanent Collection but
will itself serve as a work of art that will express in form its purpose
in function, and
will become a hive of activity that extends itself into the campus and engages
students and community alike.
Battjes is playing a leadership role in aiding the college to guide the museum’s
programmatic needs from the from the drawing boards to an enduring structure
as an outstanding center for learning— a complex journey given its specialized
nature. Recently retired, he is highly respected in his profession for having
done the same for major corporations, such as Hughes Aircraft and 20th Century
Film Corporation, and for the past 14 years as chief of operations and facility
planning with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). learn
The largest single fundraising effort in the college’s history,
the $175 million A Greater Hope comprehensive campaign will benefit
every student as it strengthens the college’s endowment, adds several
new buildings, and supports immediate needs through the annual Hope Fund.
For more information, and to explore supporting the college through the
campaign, please visit Hope on-line or
contact Mary Remenschneider, campaign director at firstname.lastname@example.org