Inaugurated in 2016, the Borgeson Artist in Residence Program is a twelve-week summer artist residency, hosted by the Department of Art & Art History at Hope College, that runs from mid-May through mid-August of each year.
The residency, created through the generosity and enthusiasm of Hope alumni Clarke ’72 and Nancy Rayner ’72 Borgeson, supports the creation of new work through provision of a stipend as well as studio and living space on Hope’s campus. In addition to the time and space the residency provides, the Borgesons envisioned the artist in residence as invigorating the experience of the department’s top students through a series of encounters, which might include workshops, studio conversations, critiques and assistantships. The artist in residence concludes their residency with a month-long solo exhibition and public lecture at the college’s De Pree Art Gallery.
The artist in residence is provided with 24 hours a day, 7 days a week access to a private studio, housed in the De Pree Art Center on Hope’s campus. The 1,308 square foot, air-conditioned south-facing studio offers outstanding natural and track lighting, hardwood floors, tall ceilings, and a Mac-adaptable projector and screen. Proposals that utilize other department studios and facilities, including an intaglio print shop, darkroom, Mac lab, fully-equipped ceramics and sculpture studio are welcome. Access to these additional department facilities is granted based on prior experience and the artist in residence’s proposal.
The residency further supports the selected artist through a financial stipend.
The residency further supports the selected artist through provided on-campus housing
in a residential cottage minutes away (walking distance) from the studio.
The Strand Cottage is a two-story, three-bedroom, air-conditioned cottage located at Lincoln and 15th Street. There is a stackable washer and dryer located in the main floor bathroom. The main-floor bedroom has two twin beds, two desks and two dressers. The second-floor bedrooms each have one twin bed, a dresser and a desk.
All furniture (i.e., living, dining and bedroom) is provided. A linen packet is provided upon arrival, which includes pillows, pillow cases, sheets, towels and blankets. Additional comforters and lamps are provided.
Basic kitchen furnishings, including a microwave, toaster and all necessary utensils, pots and pans, dining ware, kitchen linens, etc… are provided. A detailed inventory is available.
Wi-Fi is provided.
The residency concludes with a solo exhibition in the department’s 1,300 square foot
De Pree Art Gallery, to coincide with the start of the academic year.
As part of the residency’s goal to create opportunities for our students and the larger campus community, the department hosts an artist’s lecture, closing reception and related programming in September.
2018 Borgeson Artist in Residence
Caleb Paul Kortokrax (b. 1987) is an American painter living and working in Baltimore, MD. His current work is about forming new connections between diﬀerent image traditions and human perception/ context investigation. His studio practice is rooted in the interdisciplinary spirit, and his recent body of work builds bridges between disparate painting traditions and time periods for the present. In the process of making a painting, he resamples quality material traditions of the past into the current omni-dimensional state of imagery. Through combining past and present visual signals in his studio process, he reanimates the painted image—similar to a DJ giving a renewed vigor to an old sound sample by placing it into a fresh context. He uses the image and the physical surface of the paintings to navigate a middle way full of more possibilities and cross-pollination, which doesn’t particularly favor any one style or dogma.
Kortokrax received his MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art’s LeRoy E. Hoﬀberger School of Painting and his BSFA from Valparaiso University in Studio Art and Art Education. He has exhibited his work nationally and has lectured on his work at MICA, Towson University, Stevenson University, Anne Arundel Community College, and Valparaiso University. Recent solo exhibitions include: Carroll Community College, Westminster, MD; Stevenson University, Stevenson, MD; Brauer Museum of Art (portrait unveiling), Valparaiso, IN; and Canterbury Salon, Baltimore, MD. Recent group exhibition venues include Gallery B, Bethesda, MD; Mitchell Gallery, Annapolis, MD; Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Creative Paradox, Annapolis, MD; Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD; Towson University, Towson, MD; Stevenson University, Owings Mills, MD; and Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD; His work has been featured in New American Paintings, Southern Issue, no. 136. In 2015, he was chosen to paint the permanently-installed portrait of Richard H. W. Brauer for the entrance of the Brauer Museum of Art in Valparaiso, IN. Awards include the 2018 Borgeson Artist in Residence, Bethesda Painting Awards (finalist 2018/semifinalist 2013), Creative Paradox Residency, Henry Walters Traveling
Fellowship semifinalist, and Maryland Art Place’s Young Blood 2014
- 2017 - Nancy McCormack
In her multi-discipline practice, Nancy McCormack explores issues surrounding
constructed identity and the performance of the self. She is best known for her interactive performance projects which often involve printmaking techniques and engaging viewers in the creative process, connecting their actions to an aesthetic object, and as a result, revealing something about themselves.
Nancy grew up in Southeastern Massachusetts and pursued a career teaching and producing exhibitions throughout the United States, Europe and Turkey. She received her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA from The City College of New York. Over the years, Nancy also worked extensively as a bookbinder and in rare book and paper conservation.
In her current body of work, Nancy is interested in addressing the aesthetics of cultural identity and how it relates to the natural world, specifically, how and why we construct and portray ourselves the way we do, what that says about contemporary culture and what it looks like from a global perspective.
- 2016 - Chris Cox
2012 BA Studio Art
2016 MFA in Photography, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI
- 2015 – Merit Scholarship, Cranbrook Academy of Art
- 2015 – awarded Photography Department Assistant position
- Summer 2015 – Chris interned at Small Editions, in Brooklyn; A small artist book publishing house and book bindery. He published two artist books since graduating from Hope: Spiritual Lake, 2012, edition of 50; and Beholder, 2014, edition of 150. Beholder was exhibited at New York Art Book Fair, 2014, MoMA PS1, New York and is for purchase through the International Center of Photography, New York.
- 2016 – Borgeson Artist in Residence, Hope College.
All of this publishing, lots of exhibitions and collaborative projects were done through Gaspard, an artist group and gallery that he ran from 2012–2014. Gaspard operated out of storefront on Division Ave. in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Chris did a fair amount of commercial work, working with Herman Miller, doing photography assisting, digital asset archiving and styling for photoshoots and showrooms. Chris participated in variety of group shows, primarily in Grand Rapids, Chicago, and New York.
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