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Delbert Michel to Have Work Exhibited
At Grand Rapids Art Museum

Posted June 14, 2002

HOLLAND -- Delbert Michel, professor of art at Hope College, will have work featured in a one-person exhibition at the Grand Rapids Art Museum beginning Friday, June 28.

Michel will have 37 works showcased in the exhibition "Weaving the Past into the Present: New Paintings by Delbert Michel."

The museum's description of the exhibition notes that the collection "represents a new direction in the work of an artist who previously focused on landscape and abstraction. Inspired by fragments of kilim woven carpets and other artifacts collected during his extensive travels throughout Europe and Mexico, Michel's recent work utilizes the design ideas of ethnic traditions redefined in vivid and expressive contemporary assemblages and paintings."

The exhibition will continue through Sunday, Sept. 15. Admission to the museum is $5 for general adult admission, $2 for senior citizens (62 and over), $2 for college students with identification and $1 for youth age six to 17, and free for children under six.

Michel will present a gallery talk in conjunction with the opening on Friday, June 28, at 7:30 p.m. Admission to the talk is $2.

In addition, Michel will discuss his work during a complimentary dessert reception for Hope alumni and friends on Thursday, July 18, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The museum is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and until 9 p.m. on Friday. The museum is closed on Monday. Admission is free on Fridays from 5 p.m. until close.

Michel has been a member of the Hope faculty since 1964. He holds a bachelor's degree from De Pauw University, and a master of fine arts degree from the University of Iowa.

His art has been exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide, including in recent one-person exhibitions in England, Mexico, the Netherlands and the United States. He has curated and, along with other Hope art faculty and Hope students, has work included in an exhibition being featured at the Museo del Arte in Holland's sister city of Queretaro, Mexico, from Thursday, July 4, through Sunday, Aug. 11.

Michel's work is included in many private, corporate, university and art museum collections, including the Grand Rapids Art Museum, the Butler Institute of Art and Portsmouth College of Art in England.

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