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.

Nancy and G. Clarke Borgeson ’72The 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.

Apply to be the 2018 Borgeson Artist in Residence

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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.

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The residency further supports the selected artist through a financial stipend.

On-Campus Housing

The residency further supports the selected artist through provided on-campus housing in a residential cottage


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.

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De Pree Gallery Floor Plan (PDF)

2017 Borgeson Artist in Residence

Nancy McCormack

mccormackIn 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.

Past Residents

2016 - Chris Cox

2012 BA Studio ArtChris Cox

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.