Art Museum in Queretaro, Mexico
To Feature Hope Work Beginning July 4
Posted July 1, 2002
HOLLAND -- As the U.S. celebrates its birthday,
Hope and Queretaro, Mexico, will be celebrating their
The exhibition "Shared Sensibilities: Works by
Hope College Faculty of Art and Their Students" will open
with a reception in the Museo del Arte in Queretaro on
Thursday, July 4. Attending the opening from Hope will be
Alfredo Gonzales, associate provost; Delbert Michel,
professor of art and the exhibition's curator; and Steve
Nelson, adjunct assistant professor of art and gallery
Michel said that the museum, housed in a former
monastery, is one of three major museums in Queretaro. The
Hope exhibition, which will continue through Sunday, Aug.
11, will be featured in five interconnected galleries used
to feature temporary exhibitions.
The museum invited the college to develop an
exhibition during a visit by Gonzales and gallery director
Dr. John Hanson this past school year. Based on his
previous visits and resultant connections to Queretaro,
Michel welcomed the opportunity to curate the show. As he
began planning, he noted, teaching emerged as a natural
The exhibition, previewed at Hope earlier this
summer, features work in a variety of media, and is intended
to demonstrate how artist/teachers and art students
communicate with each other through their works. The
selection demonstrates that students do not become artistic
clones, but instead share in the aesthetic sensibilities of
their mentors as they find their individual voices.
"In a way that's the exciting thing about
teaching," Michel said. "You're sharing what the art
process means to you, and then they take that in whatever
direction their life leads them."
Michel noted that the learning happens both ways.
"Students are influenced by faculty, certainly but faculty
are also influenced by students."
Current and visiting members of the Hope faculty
with works in the exhibition include: Michel Conroy, mixed
media; Daryn Lowman, ceramics; Billy Mayer, ceramics; Bruce
McCombs, watercolor and prints; Delbert Michel, painting;
and Steve Nelson, photographs.
Current and former students with works in the
exhibition are: Arianna Baker, photography; Daniel
Berhanemeskel, painting; Dan Brewer, woodcut; Jeff Brown,
etching; Nate Cassie, drawing; Steve Haulenbeek, pencil
drawing; Nathan Klay, painting; Brian Leicht, ceramics;
Kristin McMillen, photography; Amy Reckley, drawing and
painting; John Saurer, sculpture; and Dana Steuhower, pencil
Michel and Nelson are spending the week in
Queretaro. In addition to the opening, activities during
their stay will include visits to several historic missions
in the mountains outside the city.
Nelson will be photographing the missions for a
project, and will also document the exhibition and sites in
the city photographically. Michel noted that he is looking
forward to the opportunity to revisit the area.
"I've been there five times, and in the process
I've met wonderful people and made friendships," Michel
said. "It's that kind of connection that is so rich."
Hope and the Autonomous University of Queretaro
established a formal agreement in 1996 that has since led to
a number of student, faculty and cultural exchanges. In the
fall of 1999, the Autonomous University of Queretaro
featured an exhibition of work by Michel and the De Pree
gallery featured work by artist Jordi Boldo of Queretaro.
In February of 2001, Michel's paintings were featured in a
one-person exhibition at the Museo de la Ciudad in
The city of Holland and the university's hometown
of Santiago de Queretaro have maintained a sister-city
relationship since 1995.