Gallery Features Exhibition of Campus
Paintings by Bruce
Posted September 30, 2002
HOLLAND -- The gallery of the De Pree Art Center
at Hope College will feature an exhibition of watercolor
paintings of campus by Bruce McCombs of the art faculty
beginning Friday, Oct. 11.
The public is invited.
Scheduled in conjunction with the college's
Homecoming Weekend, the exhibition will feature an opening
reception on Friday, Oct. 11, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The
event will feature a lecture by the artist, "A View to a
The public is invited to both the opening and the
exhibition. Admission is free.
Over the last three years, McCombs has created a
series of 40 new works depicting the buildings of Hope
College. The De Pree gallery will be showcasing the project
for the first time.
McCombs' watercolors fit into the photorealist
tradition. The new works are not "views" in the traditional
sense of visual records of the buildings. Rather, they are
excerpted details and surprising perspectives, sometimes of
small or inconspicuous minutiae.
In the words of his colleague, Del Michel, "On
closer inspection of these works, we are invited to explore
more elusive qualities. He opens our eyes and our
imaginations to see the ordinary in a unique and
extraordinary manner. Banners hanging under the glass in
the Kletz become foils for light and shadow patterns at once
absorbing and reflecting the strong light streaming through
the overhead windows. In another painting we see a bird's
eye view of the pews, tile floors and stained glass windows
of Dimnent Chapel. Pausing to adjust our eyes we suddenly
realize what we are seeing... strong patterns, exaggerated
perspective, visual abstraction... but also a sense of
McCombs has been a member of the Hope art faculty
since 1969. He has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions
in the United States and in 12 countries around the world.
His work is found in the most important art collections in
the country, including the Whitney Museum of American Art in
New York, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Cleveland
Museum of Art and the Library of Congress in Washington,
The exhibition will run through Sunday, Nov. 17.
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 De Pree Art Center is located on Columbia
Avenue at 12th Street. The gallery is handicapped
Additional information may be obtained by calling