March 3–30, 2023
Chicago-based artist Alberto Aguilar employs whatever materials are close at hand in an attempt to make a meaningful connection with the viewer. This method of making artwork allows him to create no matter where he is. The work on display in Working Title has been created here in the De Pree Gallery using objects and materials from Hope College and Holland, Michigan.
Aguilar (along with some of his family members) collectively organizes Mayfield, a multi-use space that operates on the grounds of his home. He has shown and presented his work at various museums, galleries, storefronts, homes and street corners around the world. Some of these include the Queens Museum, El Torito Supermercado, The Minneapolis Institute of Art, the corner of Cesar Chavez Ave and North Broadway in Los Angeles, CA, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit, Chicago City Hall, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Museo Del Jamon in Madrid, Spain, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Chicago River (Jackson Bridge), The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, El Cosmico Trailer Park, Marfa, TX, El Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales, Havana, Cuba, Iowa rest stop I-80. His work is in the collection of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, The Jorge Lucero Study Collection, Soho House, Meta - Facebook, The National Museum of Mexican Art, The Office of Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot.
Artist talk & opening reception
Friday, March 3, 4 p.m.
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Past Exhibitions and Events
- 2022–23Roberto Torres Mata and CultureWorks; Cooper Holoweski; Kim Faler; Nick Fagan
Movement with the Marks & Mark Making: Creating Community Through Screenprinting
Roberto Torres Mata & CultureWorksFirst-generation artist Roberto Torres Mata uses multimedia methods to delve into the many facets of human migration. Movement with the Marks explores the complex societal forces and emotional experiences encountered by migrants.
The prints in Mark Making: Creating Community Through Screenprinting were created by students from Hope College and local high schools in a workshop hosted by CultureWorks and led by Roberto Torres Mata. Throughout the workshop, the students considered themes of identity and culture, ideas brought up by Torres Mata’s own artwork.
Read MoreJuried Student Show
Guest Juror Cooper HoloweskiThe annual Juried Student Exhibition features artwork by students at Hope. Each year, the Department of Art and Art History invites an accomplished artist or curator to select student artwork for the exhibition. This year’s guest juror is Cooper Holoweski, co-head of print media at Cranbrook Academy of Art. The outstanding artwork on view showcases the broad range of talent possessed by these students, including everything from drawing and photography to video and installation art.Read MoreWasting Time
Kim FalerKim Faler's exhibition Wasting Time was born out of the pandemic with works that explore the beauty of the mind wondering into the minutiae of everyday life. The power and grace found within dust on the windowsill and the whimsy of a fingerprint ignites a sense of being present, and being bored within our trying times. They ask how touch, time and memory became abstract notions of what we once understood as important, even critical. They ask us to find the beauty and humanity in the remnants, while creating a sense of connection in new and perhaps uncomfortable ways.Read More2022 Borgeson Artist in Residence Show: Felt Sincerity
Nick FaganNick Fagan’s summer research and resulting exhibition revolves around the concept of sincerity and using repurposed objects found in the community. Recently, he’s been working with the idea of residue or spirit in repurposed objects, or more specifically the accomplishment or purpose of objects left behind. With specific interest in things like doilies, crocheted blankets, things that are handmade and likely served as gifts, he believes these objects wear the residues of their past owners’ lives. The sincerity in the object or in the presence of the object comes embedded in its form.Read More
- 2021–22Class of 2022; Jason Contangelo, Leekyung Kang, and Emily Mayo; Jim Lee; Ken Steinbach; Maria Calandra; Shauna Merriman
Senior Show: 4 Years Later
Class of 2022The Class of 2022 presents the senior exhibition, 4 Years Later. Come explore the exhibition celebrating our collective creative consciousness and the work ethic that brought it to fruition. This last hurrah of our undergraduate study is our pleasure to host.Read MoreOn Bare Foot
Jason Contangelo, Leekyung Kang, and Emily MayoThe De Pree Art Center and Gallery at Hope College will be hosting the exhibition On Bare Foot, featuring work by new faculty members Leekyung Kang, Emily Mayo and Jason Contangelo. On Bare Foot has been curated by Maddie Reyna, a Chicago-based curator and artist, and the interim director of academic programs for Ox-Bow School of Art in Saugatuck.Read MoreAll My Ghosts
Jim LeeAs described by the gallery, “Jim Lee’s work tends to be rough cut and a little gritty, each a record of test-drives and experiments against modernist principles. Fluctuating between linear abstractions and plays on minimalism, Lee’s style challenges the priority traditionally placed on the pictorial surface alone, while toying with notions of painting as object and painting as experimentation. Exposing the framework that lies beneath a canvas, or cobbling materials in a patchwork of addition, Lee investigates and maintains a tenuous, yet playful, dialogue between completion and destruction throughout his practice.”Read MoreJuried Student Show
Guest Juror Ken SteinbachThe competitive “Juried Student Show” is an annual fixture in the De Pree gallery, and is open to all students at Hope. Each year, the Department of Art and Art History invites a recognized artist or curator to judge the student work. Steinbach is an artist, curator, writer, and professor of art at Bethel University in Minneapolis.Read MorePencil in the Studio
Maria Calandra’s “Pencil in the Studio” series is an ongoing 10+ year project of pencil-on-paper drawings of other artists’ working places. Cumulatively, the series documents a loosely knit-together artistic community centered in New York City that grows over time. Many of Calandra’s subjects have become both friends and prominent figures in contemporary art as their professional careers have grown since their initial documentation. Co-curated by Calandra and Jay Henderson, De Pree Gallery Director, this exhibition pairs Calandra's drawings with artworks from her subject's studios. Taken as a whole, the exhibition is a personal perspective on the dynamic artistic scene of NYC and will contribute to defining this generation of contemporary artists.
“Pencil in the Studio” features artists: Erik den Breejen, Kari Cholnoky, Kimia Kline, EJ Hauser, Joy Curtis, Jason Stopa, Mike Olin, Christine Heindl, Butt Johnson, Erin Lee Jones, Richard Tinkler, Eve Aschheim, Wendy White, JJ Manford, Matthew F. Fisher, Angelina Gualdoni, Inna Babaeva, Wells Chandler, Elizabeth Glaessner, Chris Doyle and Rachel Beach.Read More2021 Borgeson Artist in Residence Show
Shauna MerrimanMerriman is a sculpture, ceramic and installation artist who uses clay for its geologic properties. Building work from native resources tied to geographic borders and collective history, she uses materials, industry and sites as community points of connection.Read More
- 2020–21Classes of 2020 and 2021; Erik Zohn, Lisa Walcott, Greg Lookerse, Katherine Sullivan, Amy Reckley, Steve Nelson, Jay Henderson, and Jennifer Gardiner; Shannon Stratton; Luis Sahagun
Senior Shows: Art Show and Love that for Her
Classes of 2020 and 2021Last year’s exhibition was preempted when the college transitioned to remote learning in March 2020 because of the pandemic. To provide that year’s graduates with the recognition they missed, the Kruizenga Art Museum will be featuring their work while the De Pree exhibition will be showcasing this year’s graduating class. Art Show features the work of the Class of 2021, and Love that for Her exhibits the work of the Class of 2020.Read MoreStudio Art Faculty Show
Erik Zohn, Lisa Walcott, Greg Lookerse, Katherine Sullivan, Amy Reckley, Steve Nelson, Jay Henderson, and Jennifer GardinerThis exhibition includes sculptures, installations, drawings, paintings, photographs, and the remnants of performance by all of the Studio Art faculty.Juried Student Show
Guest Juror Shannon StrattonAs a curator, Stratton has worked with hundreds of artists, including Theaster Gates, Sheila Pepe, Cauleen Smith and Indira Allegra, through exhibitions and programs at institutions of all scales. She curated the traveling exhibition “Fearful Symmetries,” the first retrospective of the feminist artist Faith Wilding, and edited the subsequent publication. Stratton’s curatorial work has focused on manifestations of craft in contemporary art, as well as socially engaged practice, sound and artist-built environments.Read MoreLo Que Grita Mi Piel | that which my skin screams
Luis SahagunLo Que Grita Mi Piel (That Which My Skin Screams) confronts the palpable inescapability of race and transforms art into an act of cultural reclamation through alternative Latinx narratives. The virtual exhibition, a first for the De Pree Gallery, is co-curated by Hope seniors Kathryn Henry, who is majoring in studio art and psychology, and Sylvia Rodriguez, who is majoring in art history. The viewer will interact with nine works by Sahagun, completed in a variety of media and accompanied by audio and video elements.
You can listen to clips of his interview here.Read More
- 2019–20James Perrin; Nate Young; Kekeli Sumah; Steve Nelson; Leekyung Kang
Percept Upon Percept
James PerrinPercept Upon Percept, an exhibition by James Perrin, explores the integration and resolution of disharmonious elements relating to themes in painting and its processes: abstraction and representation, surface and illusion, discord and resolution, chaos and structure. Through the use of imagery derived from varying sources related to his life, Perrin explores the themes and how they relate to, and reflect, human existence.Read More(re)collection
Nate YoungIn (re)collection, Nate Young presents an installation that interprets and mythologizes the life of his great-grandfather. A conceptual narrative, the works on view are informed by personal recollection, oral history, family relics and the unearthed bones of the horse that carried Young’s great-grandfather north during the Great Migration. Both personally sourced and historically resonant, (re)collection reflects on the ways in which identity is formed through action and circumstance and transformed by archive and memory.Read MoreJuried Student Show
Guest Juror Kekeli SumahOpen to all students at Hope, the competitive exhibition is an annual fixture in the De Pree gallery. Each year, the Department of Art and Art History invites a recognized artist or curator to judge the student work. The 2019 juror was Kekeli Sumah, an audio-visual artist and Curatorial Fellow at the Driehaus Museum in Chicago.Read MoreTug: A Great Lakes Odyssey
Steve NelsonBoth a long-time maritime industry and literal and figurative journey are explored in Tug: A Great Lakes Odyssey, a photographic study by Steve Nelson. The exhibition centers on the tugboat fleet of the Great Lakes Towing Company, which was founded in the 19th century and today operates in more than 40 U.S. ports throughout lakes Erie, Huron, Michigan and Superior. Nelson began the project in the spring of 2018, and across the past year-and-a-half has chronicled operations and moments from Duluth, Minnesota to Buffalo, New York.Read MoreEcstasy on the Surface
Leekyung KangVirtual experience in the digital form has transformed our perception of reality and our recognition of the physicality of space has been distorted. By leveraging the tension between digital image and traditional mediums in her show Ecstasy on the Surface, Leekyung Kang, the 2019 Borgeson Artist in Residence, intensifies this distortion. Through mass image duplication, its disorientation, randomness, and repetition, there lies a co-existence of the two- and three-dimensional worlds.Read More
- 2018–19Class of 2019; Melissa Hopson; Johnathan Clyde Frye; Patrick Earl Hammie; Bruce McCombs; Caleb Kortokrax
Senior Show: The Collective
Class of 2019The exhibition featured work by graduating studio art, art education and art history majors.Read MoreFlight
Flight features an array of objects, sculptures and drawings. The exhibition represents a metaphor that describes an urgency of action and feeling.Read MoreMiddle Grounds
Jonathan Clyde Frey
The work in this exhibition explores national identity, largely focusing on iconic representations of the United States and the myths, clichés and stereotypes they often come to represent. In addition, Jonathan Clyde Frey has always identified as a person somewhere between the mainstream and the marginalized, which informs his way of thinking about art and the world, and, in turn, has led him to these questions: What does it mean to occupy a middle ground? Is it a beneficial position?Read MoreJuried Student Show
Guest Juror Patrick Earl HammieOpen to all students at Hope, the competitive exhibition is an annual fixture in the De Pree gallery. Each year, the Department of Art and Art History invites a recognized artist or curator to judge the student work. The 2018 juror was Patrick Earl Hammie, an associate professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Read MoreWatercolors
Bruce McCombsThis exhibition features watercolor paintings of the Hope College campus and marks Bruce McCombs' 50th anniversary of teaching at the college. A member of the Hope faculty since 1969, McCombs holds his BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art and his MFA from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.Read More2018 Borgeson Artist in Residence Show: Gang Chant
Caleb KortokraxGang Chant, an exhibition of new paintings by 2018 Borgeson Artist in Residence Caleb Kortokrax, reinterprets spacial conventions through merging abstract and literal description in his motifs. Kortokrax reanimates the idiosyncratic language of illuminated manuscripts of the Romanesque era in England by expanding its pictorial depth and putting it in conversation with his own notion of abstraction, perception and experiential color. The paintings incant song that harkens back to their own historical lineage; being objects of the present, they unconsciously speak in cryptic terms.Read More
- 2017–18Class of 2018; Kathleen Kooiker; Katherine Sullivan; Malcolm Mobutu Smith; Claudia Esslinger and Tom Giblin; Nancy Susan McCormack
Senior show: out of touch
In this collection of work, we explore individual concepts of humanity depicted in both
2-dimensional and 3-dimensional form. Through a variety of approaches, we look into the simplicity and excess of human form and human essence. By manipulating the familiar, we reduce the figure into elements of structure, identity and nature. In our exploration of the figure, we search for comfort, satisfaction and depth. As we search, we find that there can be discomfort in the form in that it cannot always satisfy. The deeper we look, the more we find that we are out of touch.
PRINTS:Making is an exhibition curated by 2017 Hope graduate Kathleen Kooiker examining the techniques that have established the foundations for printmaking, the baseline from which the experimental practice continues to grow. The show will display 45 relief, intaglio and planographic prints divided into their respective categories to reveal the fundamental differences in each approach.
Jamia | Studio
Jamia | Studio, an exhibition of new paintings and works on paper by faculty member Katherine Sullivan, juxtaposes different cultural and period-specific painting methods to reflect shifting power dynamics. Drawing from Indian and Western culture, the work explores the boundaries between abstract and representational imagery, color and form, and direct and indirect painting technique.
Juried Student Show with Guest Juror Malcolm Mobutu Smith
Open to all students at Hope, the competitive exhibition is an annual fixture in the De Pree gallery. Each year, the Department of Art and Art History invites a recognized artist or curator to judge the student work. The 2017 juror was Malcolm Mobutu Smith, associate professor of ceramic art at Indiana University in Bloomington.
Distant Tracings // Tracing Distance
Distant Tracings // Tracing Distance explores concepts of connection and separation. The closeness of personal relationships can be thwarted by physical distance, emotional barriers, the passing of time and the method of communication. What role does technology play in facilitating or frustrating our connections? What types of metaphors are apparent in the natural world to expand our understanding of connection and separation? How can our effort to follow, touch, explore and remember change the meaning of what we experience?
2017 Borgeson Artist in Residence Show: Out of nature
Out of Nature is an exhibition of recent works by artist Nancy McCormack. The exhibition features prints, paintings and sculptural installations on walls and floors. The works deal with intercultural miscommunication, migration, pattern, reproduction, appropriation and conflict. McCormack’s work often addresses issues of constructed identity and personal development. Here she broadens her focus and reflects on the role of the natural world, our influence on it and its ability to affect cultural change.
- 2016–17Class of 2017; Tom Wagner; Artists from the US, Canada, Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and South Africa; Mike Andrews; Chris Cox; Heidi Kraus and Ferris State University's Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia
senior show: STUDIO 147
The exhibition featured work by graduating Studio Art, Art Education, and Art History majors: Peter Anderson, Emily Branca, Xiaoyu Fang, Darwin Guillen, Kate Kooiker, Olivia Lauritsen and Joy Rhine. Included within this exhibition were pieces that varied in medium, including, but not limited to, ceramics, graphic design, mixed media installations, photography and sculpture. The capstone essay for Art History, was also on display.
No Motherland Without You: Images of North Korea
No Motherland Without You: Image of North Korea features photographs taken by Tom Wagner during four visits to North Korea between 1995 and 2004. In this exhibition, Wagner presents North Korea as a place of looking, of guessing, not knowing, of watching, and of being watched.
Between the Shadow and the Light: an exhibition out of south africa
Between the Shadow and the Light: An Exhibition Out of South Africa includes art created by 21 Christian artists from the United States, Canada, Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa. The artists spent two weeks together in South Africa in an intensive seminar in June 2013, participating in a program designed to introduce them to the many social, economic and political complexities in the region. The result was an exhibition of nearly 40 works in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, installation and video, using a range of styles and approaches to explore those issues raised throughout the seminar.
Juried Student Show with Guest Juror Mike Andrews
Open to all students at Hope, the competitive exhibition is an annual fixture in the De Pree gallery. Each year, the Department of Art and Art History invites a recognized artist or curator to judge the student work. The 2016 juror was Mike Andrews, adjunct assistant professor of fiber and material studies at SAIC.
2016 Borgeson Artist in Residence show: Infinite replica
Infinite Replica features photography by 2012 Hope graduate Chris Cox, who was the inaugural Borgeson Artist in Residence at the college. In describing the exhibition, Cox noted, “Infinite Replica utilizes the tools of photographic production to address the increasingly mediated environment.”
Hateful Things | Resilience
Hateful Things is a traveling sample from Ferris State University’s Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia and features a collection of racist objects that trace the history of the stereotyping of African Americans. The exhibition contributes to and is in dialogue with the scholarly examination of historical and contemporary expressions of racism and visual culture. It also seeks to promote racial understanding and healing.
Resilience was curated by Dr. Heidi Kraus and features world-renowned contemporary African-American artists from the Kruizenga Art Museum and Chicago’s Monique Meloche Gallery, including Faith Ringgold, Sanford Biggers and Lorna Simpson.
- 2015–16Class of 2016; Katie Wynne; Billy Mayer; Jeff Blandford; Grand Valley State University Art Gallery
senior show: intervals: something in-between
The exhibition will feature work by graduating studio art and art education majors: Lena Biedrzycki, Samantha Cole, Rachael Corey, Monica Czechowicz, Samantha Grody, Mariah Hunt, Katy Jaderholm, Evan Rodgers and Rian Sayre. It will include pieces in a variety of media including, but not limited to, painting, photography and mixed media installations.
Katie Wynne's work is a stage for exuberance and abandon, a panic of scavenged colors and forms cut from an American landscape. Through mixed media sculpture and installations, familiar objects are displaced and redefined in an escape attempt from the ordinary, exploring life at its most imprudent and most tenders.
The title of the exhibition derives from 440 hertz, the musical note that since 1936 has been broadcast shortly after the top of the hour by WWV and WWVH, which are shortwave radio stations of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, to aid orchestras in tuning their instruments.
juried student show with guest juror jeff blandford
Guest juror Jeff Blandford is a ceramicist, glass blower and gallery owner. After earning his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Michigan State University in 2007, Blandford continued producing and selling artwork created in his barn-studio before opening Jeff Blandford Gallery in Saugatuck, Michigan, earlier this year. His ceramics and glasswork emphasize materials, simple forms, and an accessible aesthetic. In his artist’s statement, Blandford writes, “It is easy to become stagnant as an artist—settling with what we know and the works we are comfortable making. I make a conscious effort in my studio to bend the rules and push the boundaries of materials. This leads me into new and exciting territory.”
Dusk to Dusk: unsettled, unraveled, unreal
The exhibition is a collaborative project between the De Pree Gallery and the Grand Valley State University Art Gallery. This exhibition of global, contemporary art aims to turn a mirror on the collective world, examining individual isolation, political repression, and collective ennui during the decline of the industrial age.
- 2014–15Class of 2015; Eames Demetrios; Corita Kent, Senior Studio Art and Art Education Majors, and CultureWorks; Charles Mason
senior show: To be continued...
The exhibition combines works by 17 graduating studio art and art education majors. The works will range from ceramics, to animation, to installation to bookbinding.
Kcymaerxthaere is a multi-pronged and ongoing work of three dimensional fiction, now in its eleventh year. The project, created by artist and filmmaker, Eames Demetrios, can be found in stories set in bronze markers and historic sites - like a novel - where every page is in a different city across the globe.
Hope has me
“Hope Has Me: A Collaborative Exhibition Inspired by the Words and Works of Corita Kent” marks the culmination of a three-month experiment in socially-engaged art making. This past fall, Hope senior studio art and art education majors teamed up to create original works of art with after-school students at CultureWorks, a local, faith-inspired nonprofit dedicated to providing transformative art and design experiences to individuals of all backgrounds.
Juried Student show with guest juror paul amenta
This year’s guest juror, Paul Amenta, is the founder and curator of SiTE:LAB in Grand Rapids, creating pop-up installations in unique architectural environments. His curatorial work with SiTE:Lab earned the “nomadic” arts organization “Outstanding Venue Juried Award” given out by ArtPrize.
Art and Poetry
The exhibition has been curated by Charles Mason, founding director of the college’s Kruizenga Art Museum, which is under construction immediately northwest of the De Pree Art Center and scheduled for completion during the 2015-16 school year. Mason will give a curator’s talk on Friday, Aug. 29, at 4 p.m. in Winants Auditorium of Graves Hall, with a reception following in the gallery from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. The combination of poetry and art for the exhibit is a natural connection for Mason.
- 2013–14Class of 2014; Stephen Milanowski; Sarah Lindley; Charles Mason; Charles S. Anderson and Laurie DeMartino
Senior Show: Exceptional Spaces
The annual senior art show at Hope College, “Exceptional Spaces,” will open on Friday, April 4, with a reception from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the gallery of the De Pree Art Center.
Portraits of Strangers
The exhibition, which opened Friday, Feb. 21, is the third and final in this year’s inaugural “Breaking Artistic Barriers Series” focusing on disegno. “Disegno,” or “design” in its original, 16th-century definition, refers to the creative idea in the mind of the artist. The goal of the series is to explore the principle of disegno through a contemporary, 21st-century lens. Over the course of the academic year, the exhibitions and programming at The De Pree Gallery have been devoted to exploring how “design” in its broad, modern usage—that is, in denoting the graphic and industrial arts—can co-exist with the so-called “fine arts” and aid one another in the unique expression of self.
The exhibition will continue through Friday, Feb. 7. Admission is free. Lindley is department chair and associate professor of art at Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo. She studied art at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, receiving her BFA in 1996. She earned her MFA from the University of Washington. She describes her exhibit as being “generated in response to the pull of place, a desire to understand the landscape of my surroundings and that which is concealed beneath the surface.”
juried Student Show with guest juror charles mason
This year’s guest juror, Charles Mason, is the founding director of the Kruizenga Art Museum at Hope. Prior to joining the college in July, Mason was executive director of Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena, California. He has also served as chief curator of the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art in Toronto, Canada; chief curator of the Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida in Gainesville; and curator of Asian Art at the Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College in Ohio.
Art for Commerce
In 1989, Charles S. Anderson Design was founded with a single client—The French Paper Company in Niles, Mich. While the firm has worked with many clients since, their partnership with French Paper has endured as one of the longest-running, most prolific and internationally recognized client/designer relationships in the history of graphic design.
- 2012–13Class of 2013; Steve Nelson; Star Varner, Elizabeth Dove, and Jeremy Lundquist; Hope College Alumni; Sally England and Nick Stockton; Ann Weber
Senior Show: Collective Bargaining
The exhibition, titled Collective Bargaining, features works by graduating studio art and art education majors and will continue through Sunday, May 5. The exhibiting majors are Athina Alvarez of Grand Rapids; Megan Altieri of Bay Village, Ohio; Leah Carroll of South Lyon; Jacob Dombrowski of St. Clair Shores; Rebecca Hawkins of Elk Rapids; Justin Korver of Sioux Center, Iowa; Benjamin Pina of Cedar; Alyssa Richards of Carmel, Ind.; and Rebecca Robinett of Chicago, Ill.
Reclamation: Gardens of Past Industry
A gallery installation featuring photographs from his sabbatical travels to Michigan's abandoned industrial sites, photography professor Steve Nelson explores recurring themes of ruin and rebirth.
Proof: An Exhibition of Contemporary Printmaking
Transcending the inherent qualities of line, color and multiple original copies of the printmaker’s craft, Star Varner, Elizabeth Dove and Jeremy Lundquist explore issues of 21st-century art in their printmaking practices. Digital media, video, installation and photographic process connect with traditional methods of lithography and intaglio in the exhibition.
Alumni Show: 17
The Alumni Art Show will feature alumni from the college’s studio art program. Their class years range from 1963 through 2009, and they are from as far away as Cambridge, Mass., and Middleton, Idaho, and as nearby as Holland.
Juried Student show with guest jurors sally england & nick stockton
The competitive exhibition, open to all students at Hope, is an annual fixture in the De Pree gallery. Each year, the department of art and art history invites a recognized artist or curator to judge the student work. This year’s jurors were Sally England and Nick Stockton, two Grand Rapids-based artists.
Beauty, Joy, and Wonder
Weber says in her artist statement that she began working with cardboard in 1991. “Cardboard allows me to make monumental, yet lightweight forms, and eliminate the cumbersome process of clay. My abstract sculptures read as metaphors for life experiences, such as the balancing acts that define our lives. ‘How far can I build this before it collapses?’ is a question on my mind as I work.”
- 2011–12Calla Thompson; Hope College Rare Book Collection; Dana Friis-Hansen; Bruce McCombs; Artists from Curaçao
This work is situated in the future, and imagines an anthropological survey of our current culture. These images of ice-encased debris are the result of a future glacial covering of North America. Part of an ongoing series, they present the residue of our current social customs and behaviors, offering a cross-section of subsistence patterns, beliefs as well as groupings and interactions.
Reading Between the Lines
Works from the Rare Book Collection at Hope College spanning more than 500 years will be featured in an exhibition in the gallery of the De Pree Art Center reflecting on how books have histories to tell about production, culture and readership beyond the texts they bear.
juried Student Show with guest juror dana friis-hansen
This year's juror is Dana Friis-Hansen, director and chief executive officer of the Grand Rapids Art Museum. He grew up in New England and attended Minnesota's Carleton College before accepting an internship with the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. He subsequently worked in Houston, Texas; Boston, Mass.; Tokyo, Japan; and Austin, Texas, before his 2011 move to Grand Rapids.
Hope College Architecture: An Exhibition of Watercolors
The exhibition opening on October 14, like the two that preceded it, will feature new works that highlight multiple facets of the campus, from Graves Hall and Dimnent Memorial Chapel, built in earlier centuries; to the Martha Miller Center for Global Communication, DeVos Fieldhouse and Van Andel Soccer Stadium, built in this one. Working from photographs that he has been taking across his years at Hope, McCombs has painted not only scenes of the present but moments from the past, like the imminent relocation of one of the houses that preceded the construction of the Haworth Inn and Conference Center in the 1990s.
Island Reflections: The Contemporary Art of Curaçao
The vibrant and diverse contemporary art and cultural heritage of the Caribbean island of Curaçao will be the focus of an exhibition in the gallery of the Hope College De Pree Art Center opening in August.
- 2010–11Class of 2011; Thomas Allen; Gwen Barba, Joe Biel, Hilary Hopkins, John Spurlock, and Eric White; Mark Holmes; Katherine Sullivan; Maureen Cummins, Ann Lovett, and Nava Atlas
Senior Show: InHabit
Artwork by graduating studio art majors at Hope College will be featured in the exhibition "Inhabit" in the gallery of the De Pree Art Center from Friday, April 8, through Sunday, May 8.
The gallery of the De Pree Art Center at Hope College will host "Paper Cuts," an exhibition of work by Thomas Allen, from Friday, Feb. 18, through Friday, March 18.
End of the Line
The Gallery of the De Pree Art Center at Hope College will host "End of the Line" featuring works by Gwen Barba, Joe Biel, Hilary Hopkins, John Spurlock, and Eric White, beginning Friday, January 14 through February 11, 2011.
Line is a fundamental element in all forms of the visual arts; line pushes concepts, gives shape and exaggerates form. Simply put, line communicates because it marks the beginning and the end of the creative process.
juried student show with guest juror mark holmes
This year's juror is Mark Holmes, a 1983 Hope graduate who is an associate professor of art at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., where his teaching interests include sculpture, ceramics and art history. Some of his recent achievements include solo exhibits at Dominican University in River Forest, Ill., in 2007 and the Beverly Arts Center in Chicago, Ill., in 2007. Holmes, who holds an MFA from Yale University, was also featured as a visiting artist at Trinity Christian College in 2005.
The Docile Body
Exhibiting work from her sabbatical during the 2009-10 school year, Katherine Sullivan reflects in a series of paintings on the dialectics of power. "With images drawn from both Abu Ghraib and the dramatic works of Bertolt Brecht, the series considers the cyclical nature of torture and violence, the sexuality implicit in much torture depiction, and the dynamics which prevail between those who hold power and those who are subject to it," explained Sullivan.
Working in the medium of works on paper and one-of-a-kind or limited-edition artist's books, Maureen Cummins, Ann Lovett and Nava Atlas explore contemporary culture through images, documents, texts and ephemera gleaned from public and private archival material.
- 2009–10Class of 2010; Mark Paris; Jennifer Falck Linssen; Jimmy Kuehnle; Margaret Cogswell; Michael Ferris Jr.
Senior Show: This is ______
Works by Hope College seniors will be featured in the exhibition "This Is: _____" in the gallery of the De Pree Art Center from Friday, April 9, through Sunday, May 9.
The American Dream
The exhibit will have 34 black and white photographs documenting immigrants working in America running at the same time as the César Chávez celebrations. "My wish is that my photographs touch you, the way the scenery touched me when I was there," Paris said. "Know that my pictures come from my heart. And also know that sharing the beauty of this land with you is my mission."
Linssen is a classically trained fine artist who has been designing and creating art for more than 20 years. For the past 10 years, Linssen has chosen to focus on textiles and sculptural vessels. She works full time in her studio in Boulder, Colo.
juried student show with guest juror jimmy kuehnle
Each year, the department of art and art history invites a recognized artist or curator to judge the student work. This year the juror is Jimmy Kuehnle, who received an MFA in sculpture in 2006 from the University of Texas at San Antonio. In 2008 he researched public art and worked in the studio as a Fulbright Graduate Research Fellow and artist in Japan. In the summer of 2009 he was a resident artist at Atelje Stundars in Vaasa, Finland. This fall he is the Philip C. Curtis Artist in Residence at Albion College. His current exhibition, "I Don't Like Cold Weather," is at the Bobbitt Visual Arts Center, and a solo exhibition of new work will be at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kan., in January.
In the last five years, Cogswell has focused her faculties on exploring the ever-shifting banks and waters of American rivers - and produced a series of installations that are among the most original in contemporary art. The River Fugues use space, sound, video, and sculpture to explore the interaction between the great rivers of North America and post-industrial American culture.
Ferris opens a dialog regarding ecologically minded art- making practices and recycled materials as they relate to depicting the human figure. The exhibit will feature sculpture and ink/acrylic wash on paper.
- 2008–09Class of 2009; Richard Wunder and Maurice Kawashima; Joe Biel; Ken Little; Lyman Jellema
Senior Show: Grafted
The pieces represent the culmination of four years of artistic study and development. "The show will be like a big family potluck," studio art major and senior Emilie Puttrich said. "Everyone brings something unique to the table."
The printed image
The exhibition highlights several etchings and engravings collected by Dr. Richard Wunder and generously made available to Hope by Dr. Maurice Kawashima, two dedicated friends of HopeCollege. The exhibition was curated and the prints were researched by participating students in the advanced art history seminar conducted in the fall semester 2008 under the direction of Dr. Anne Heath, assistant professor of art history.
juried student show with guest juror joe biel
Each year, the department of art and art history invites a recognized artist or curator to judge the student work. This year the juror is Joe Biel, a Los Angeles-based artist who is represented by Geoff Rosenthal of New York City.
An engaging sculpture exhibition of mixed media ranging from American currency to bronze. Ken Little is a Professor of Art at the University of Texas, San Antonio. His work is found in public and private collections, such as the Contemporary Art Museum in Honolulu, Hawaii, The City of Seattle, The Nelson Gallery of the University of California, Davie and the Microsoft Corporation in Seattle, Washington.
The Tangible Intangibles
The exhibition will feature 30 drawings, watercolors and oil paintings by Holland native Lyman Jellema. From the early sketches from life drawings classes to more experimental landscapes, his journey from student to artist is explored.
- 2007–08Women Artists from Vietnam; Thomas M. Allen; Erin Carney; E. McKnight Kauffer and Don Shepherd
Changing Identity: Recent Works from Women Artists from Vietnam
Exhibition curator, Nora Taylor, PhD, Alsdorf Professor of South and Southeast Asian Art, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, will present a lecture on Friday, January, 25, 2008 at 5:00 p.m. in Cook Auditorium in the De Pree Art Center. Following her lecture, Dinh Thi Tham Poong, one of the exhibiting artists will discuss her own work in our gallery.
juried student show with guest juror thomas m. allen
Each year, the department of art and art history invites a recognized artist or curator to judge the student work. This year's curator is photo artist Thomas M. Allen, whose work has appeared in numerous solo and group exhibitions. In addition, his unique work has appeared in a variety of magazines, including "The New Yorker," "Harper's Magazine," "The Georgia Review," "Gentleman's Quarterly."
Erin Carney, a New York based painter, was born and raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She received a B.F. A. in Sculpture and a B.A. in English Language & Literature from the University of Michigan in 1997 and an M.F.A in Painting from the New York Academy of Art in 2003. She taught painting at Binghamton University in Binghamton, New York, first as Visiting Artist in Painting and then as Visiting Assistant Professor, from 2005-2006.
E. McKnight Kauffer (1890-1954) was a graphic designer whose work included posters for clients ranging from London Underground Railways to American Airlines; as well as book covers for T.S. Elliot, William Faulkner and H.G. Wells; and costumes and sets for the Victoria and Albert Museum Theatre and the Royal Ballet. The exhibition features a number of his posters as well as other works including etchings, woodcuts, and pencils, inks and watercolors.
- 2006–07Class of 2007; Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) with Bastes College Museum of Art; Jennifer Gardiner-Lam and Steven Nelson; Art Martin; Bill Wittliff; Hope College Alumni; E. McKnight Kauffer
Senior Show: ArtSEE
Work represented in the show ranges from installations to paintings, and furniture to photography. The exhibiting studio art majors are: Alison Bouwer of Holland; Jessica Gipson of Western Springs, Ill.; Maggie Jetter of Greenville, Ohio; Laura Kinnas of Orland Park, Ill.; Cullen Kronemeyer of Grand Rapids; Lindsey Leder of Durango, Colo.; Peter Mattson of Chicago, Ill.; Derek Nevenzel of Holland; Nancy Nicodemus of Holland; Aaron Raatjes of Mokena, Ill.; Christine Rentner of Elmhurst, Ill.; Cameron Schuler of Albion; Julie Ann Valleau of Saugatuck; and Kyle Waterstone of Holland.
Separated from the West by thousands of miles and seemingly insurmountable cultural barriers, China has long been an unfamiliar, romanticized land - until recently. In the new exhibition "Documenting China: Contemporary Photography and Social Change," the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) partners with Bates College Museum of Art in Lewiston, Maine, to explore the social change in the most populous nation on earth.
Gardiner-Lam is an adjunct assistant professor of art at Hope, where she has taught since 1997. She has taught printmaking, drawing, life drawing and watercolor, as well as the First-Year Seminar for incoming students.
juried student show with guest juror art martin
All Hope students are eligible to submit work in any media for the exhibition, which traditionally includes a mix ranging from drawing, photography and painting to multimedia sculptures. This year's juror was Art Martin, exhibitions curator at the Muskegon Museum of Art.
La Vida Brinca
La Vida Brinca is an exhibit of the pinhole photographs of Bill Wittliff. This collection of works, spanning ten years, is the work of a native Texan who is a self taught photographer as well as an "A List" screenplay writer for Hollywood whose credits include, The Black Stallion, The Perfect Storm, Legends of the Fall and Lonesome Dove.
Treasures of our Past
The Department of Art and Art History faculty takes immense pride in the accomplishments of our students and, with great pleasure, presents this inaugural Hope College Invitational Alumni Art Exhibition.
E. McKnight Kauffer
The exhibition displays 17 advertising posters by Kauffer. Taken from the college's Maurice Kawashima Collection, the works feature subjects ranging from American Airlines, to Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey, to a 1938 exhibition at Burlington Gardens, Wis.
- 2005–06Class of 2006; Needle Art; Inuit Artists from the Canadian Arctic; Jeremy Jernegan; Bruce McCombs; Ryan Spencer Reed; John Vander Burgh
Senior Show: Wherefore Art?
An exhibition of work by graduating seniors majoring in art and art history at Hope College will open in the gallery of the De Pree Art Center on Friday, March 31, with a reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Needle Art: A Postmodern Sewing Circle
The needle is an ancient and universal tool, and an evolutionary thread connects the artists in this exhibition with their historical past. Some use the sewing machine, a tool that merges artistic creation with commercial production and precision. Other artists are laptop sewers, accomplishing their work stitch by stitch. The artists in this postmodern sewing circle use familiar techniques - embroidery, quilting, beadwork and upholstery - in a very contemporary way. But though the methods may be traditional, the materials range from gingham and organza to beach towels, Styrofoam, cornhusks and even baseballs.
Twentieth-century Inuit art from the Canadian Arctic reveals the evolution of a dynamic culture still in process. It is a reflection of life on the land; a record of daily events, a glimpse into a magico-religious spiritual belief system. It is a visual narrative which serves as a vehicle for keeping alive the old ways; the old life of skin tents and snow houses, the nomadic life when seasonal hunting dictated lifestyle and, in essence, survival.
juried student show with guest juror jeremy jernegan
A total of 27 students have pieces in the exhibition. Works range from traditional media such as drawing, photography and painting, to multimedia sculptural installations. All Hope students were eligible to submit work in any media. Jeremy Jernegan, professor of art at Tulane University, juried the exhibition.
New Watercolors of the hope college campus
McCombs's watercolors fit into the photorealist tradition. The 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.
Ryan Spencer Reed: The Sudan Project
Reed will deliver a guest lecture in advance of the symposium, speaking on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 1 p.m. in the gallery of the De Pree Art Center.
Through A Glass Clearly
This event is the first monographic exhibition of work by Vander Burgh, who was born in 1916 and died on March 31, 2004. He attended the Royal Academy of Arts in the Hague from 1935 to 1937, and immigrated to the United States in 1951. He worked at first at the Grand Rapids Art Glass Company, and then set up his own art studio in Zeeland in 1957.
- 2004–05Stanley Harrington; Maurice Kawashima; Joséphine Sacabo and Mariana Yampolsky; Katrina Herron
Stanley Harrington: A Retrospective Exhibition and Sale
Harrington was a member of the Hope faculty from 1964 until his untimely death at age 32 on Oct. 18, 1968, of a brain aneurysm. The exhibition, curated by a former Hope colleague, Del Michel, professor emeritus of art, will feature some 50 works that Harrington painted, both oils and acrylics, from 1958 until the year of his death.
Fashion Designer, Professor, and Collector, Maurice Kawashima made his first donation of Japanese ceramics to Hope College in 1989, a collection which has been celebrated in two exhibitions in the De Pree Gallery in 1993 and 2002. This exhibition sets on display an entirely new gift of fine Japanese ceramics, and celebrates the continuation of this cultural partnership.
Two Eyes on Mexico
Joséphine Sacabo is a native of Laredo, Texas, and now lives and works mostly in New Orleans. She attended Bard College, New York and has worked extensively in France and England. Her earlier work was in the photo-journalistic tradition, influenced by Robert Frank, Josef Koudelka, and Henri Cartier-Bresson.
From One Generation to Another
Collection Registrar Katrina Herron has designed this exhibition to do more than simply “air out” the permanent collection. She has made it an exploration of the history of the collection, with an emphasis on the people that have created it.
- 2003–04Artists from Nagoya, Japan; Katherine Sullivan and Israel Davis; Tulipanes Latino Art and Film Festival
Light Boxes/Dark Rooms
The artists, who all work in or near Nagoya, Japan, explore basic themes in art such as the nature of imagery and the nature of looking. Their sources, which include zen philosophy, postmodern theories, and contemporary film, demonstrate a sophisticated and erudite knowledge of the world.
Katherine Sullivan and Israel Davis
The exhibition reflects the modern conception of artworks as art objects themselves and not only as a means of conveying images, according to curator John Hanson of the Hope faculty.
Mounted in collaboration with the Tulipanes Latino Art and Film Festival, the exhibition will feature an opening reception on Friday, Oct. 3, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. with a children's program including a game of Loteria. The event will also feature a lecture by artist Teresa Villegas, "La Loteria: An Exploration of Mexico" at 5:30 p.m.