The De Pree Gallery crosses cultural and historical boundaries by hosting six exhibitions a year that feature internationally recognized artists and showcase our current student work.

What is the De Pree Gallery?

The De Pree Gallery is critical to the mission of the Department of Art and Art History and Hope College, serving the curriculum of the department as well as the college’s strategic plan, “Hope for the World: 2025.” Departmentally, it functions as the primary means for bringing contemporary art and programming to all of Hope’s students. This includes majors and minors in studio art, art history and art education as well as general education students in the department and students from across campus. Visiting artists, scholars and critics accompany gallery exhibitions and offer lectures, workshops and assistantships to the department’s majors. Read about the Borgeson Artist-in-Residence program

What Happens in the Gallery?

The gallery is a teaching space. In addition to offering four outside exhibitions each year, the De Pree Gallery hosts two student exhibitions and trains students in the experience of professionally presenting their artwork. The De Pree Gallery also functions as an exhibition space for art history seminars in which students research, curate and analyze historical and contemporary art objects. The gallery also trains student-interns through design, installation and exhibition implementation.

Secondarily, the gallery functions as the department’s outreach to the wider community, and strives to offer one to two interdisciplinary exhibitions each year that involve constituents across campus and in West Michigan.

View our Space

De Pree Gallery Floor Plan (PDF)

Gallery Archive


See our past exhibits 

Gallery Staff

Heidi Kraus
Director, Associate Professor of Art History
kraus@hope.edu

Steve Nelson
Preparator, Assistant Professor of Art
nelson@hope.edu

Kristin UnderhillAssistant to the Director
underhill@hope.edu

Kate Folkert
Design Manager
kate@katefolkert.com

Madeline King
Design Intern, Senior Studio Art major