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Student Artwork to Be Displayed in
Economics/Business Department

Posted August 15, 2000

HOLLAND -- 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.

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