De Pree Art Center Features Ceramics
From the Permanent
Posted February 14, 2002
HOLLAND -- The gallery of the De Pree Art Center
at Hope College is featuring an exhibition of Japanese
ceramics from the college's Permanent Collection.
The exhibition will run through Friday, March 15.
The public is invited. Admission is free.
"The objects are of unusually fine quality and
beauty, and illustrate a vital element of Japanese life,"
said Dr. John Hanson, who is an assistant professor of art
history and director of the gallery.
The works were donated to the college by Maurice
Kawashima. Some of the pieces, along with others on loan
from Kawashima, were displayed in an exhibition in the
gallery in 1993.
Kawashima established his own fashion company,
Masaaki New York, and from 1965 to 1990 was a professor of
fashion design with the Fashion Institute of Technology in
New York. Hope awarded him an honorary degree in April of
In a collector's statement provided to the
college, he noted, "My interest in ceramics stems from my
heritage, for the manner in which we Japanese live lends
particular importance to this form of artistic expression.
Among the variety of art forms that make up the culture of
Japan, that of ceramics is a basic expression of our mode of
living. This includes the art of flower arrangement, the
ceremony of tea, and the etiquette of dining; all of which
are inspired by and intimately associated with the beliefs
On Friday, March 1, at the De Pree Art Center,
Michel Conroy, professor of ceramics at Southwest Texas
State University, will present the lecture "An Overview of
Japanese Ceramics" at 5 p.m. Following the lecture, the
Japanese tea ceremony will be performed in the gallery by
Mrs. Murakami of of Grand
"This ceremony is a profound contemplative
practice of meditation fusing spirituality and aesthetics,"
The lecture and the tea ceremony are also open to
The De Pree Art Center is located at Columbia
Avenue and 12th Street. The gallery's regular hours are
Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday
from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The gallery is handicapped