/ Art and Art History Department

Special Programs and Opportunities

There are a number of opportunities available to students outside of classrooms and studios, including the annual juried show and the senior show in the De Pree Gallery. A variety of scholarships, awards, paid faculty-student research opportunities, internships and off-campus study programs are available to majors.

Annual Juried Student Show

The De Pree Gallery features an annual Juried Student Show every fall semester. To ensure impartiality, the exhibition is juried by an outside juror chosen by the faculty, who selects work for the show based on submissions. The juror will then give a talk about the works selected, as well as speak at the opening reception on their own personal work and methodologies. Works in the juried show comprise all forms of media, from black and white photography to acrylic painting to mixed-media sculpture, and all Hope students, not just art majors, are invited to submit work.

Read about the importance of the Juried Student Show 

Art Department Awards

The art department gives annual awards to students who show exceptional promise while in the department.

2020 Award Winners
  • Holle Wade ’20 & Sammie Mikolitis ’20 — Herman Miller Award
  • Sylvia Rodriguez ’21 — Herrel George Thomas Scholarship
  • Hannah Bugg ’20— Jon F. Kay Award
  • Michaela Bunger ’21 — Jon F. Kay Award
  • Esther Hwang ’21 — Jon F. Kay Award
  • Sarah Sanders ’21 — Jon F. Kay Award
  • Abby Wallar ’21 & Bailey Ellens ’22 — Stanley Harrington Award
  • Ambrei Koory ’22 — John M. Wilson Art History Award
  • Anya Potter ’22— Ox Bow Scholarship
  • Abi Nasari ’22— Ox Bow Scholarship
  • Anya Potter ’22— Anchor Art Merit Scholarship
  • Tim Embertson ’21 — Billy Mayer Memorial Scholarship
 
2019 Award Winners
  • Brianna Derfiny ’18 — Herman Miller Award
  • Holle Wade ’20 & Sylvia Rodriguez ’21 — Herrel George Thomas Scholarship
  • Nina Kay ’19 — Jon F. Kay Award
  • Kelly Ocock ’19 — Jon F. Kay Award
  • Lauren Fogg ’20 — Jon F. Kay Award
  • Mitch VanAcker'20 — Jon F. Kay Award
  • Caleigh White ’20 & Hannah Bugg ’20 — Stanley Harrington Award
  • Maddie Zimmerman ’20 — John M. Wilson Art History Award
  • Audrey Salata ’19 — Kruizenga Scholarship
  • Brianna Derfiny ’19 — Kruizenga Scholarship
  • Cherish Joe ’20 — Kruizenga Scholarship
  • Emily Lindbloom ’20 — Kruizenga Scholarship
  • Sarah Sanders ’21 — Ox Bow Scholarship
  • Tim Emberston ’21 — Ox Bow Scholarship
  • Emily Lindbloom ’20 — Anchor Art Merit Scholarship
  • Caleigh White ’20 — Billy Mayer Memorial Scholarship
2018 Award Winners
 
  • Hannah Jacobs ’18 — Herman Miller Award
  • Emily Lindbloom ’20 — Herrel George Thomas Scholarship
  • Brianne Munch ’18 — Jon F. Kay Award
  • Bri Derfiny ’19 — Jon F. Kay Award
  • Audrey Salata ’19 — Jon F. Kay Award
  • Kelly Ocock ’19 — Jon F. Kay Award
  • Cherish Joe ’20 & Krisia Rosa ’20 — Stanley Harrington Award
  • Maddie Zimmerman ’20 — John M. Wilson Art History Award
  • Bri Derfiny ’19 — Ox Bow Scholarship
  • Hannah Jacobs ’18 — Kruizenga Scholarship
  • Kelly Ocock ’19 — Kruizenga Scholarship
  • Audrey Salata ’19 — Kruizenga Scholarship
  • Maria Brouwers ’19 — Kruizenga Scholarship
2017 Award Winners
  • Olivia Lauritsen ’17 — Herman Miller Award
  • Hannah Jacobs ’18 & Julia Hines '18 — Herrel George Thomas Scholarship
  • Emily Branca ’17 — Jon F. Kay Award
  • Peter Anderson ’17 — Jon F. Kay Award
  • Elizabeth Stuart ’18 — Jon F. Kay Award
  • Carolyn Ellis ’18 — Jon F. Kay Award
  • Audrey Salata ’19 — Stanley Harrington Award
  • XiaoYu Fang ’17 — John M. Wilson Art History Award
  • Katie Kooiker ’17 — Kruizenga Scholarship
  • Darwin Guillen ’17 — Kruizenga Scholarship
  • Joy Rhine ’17 — Kruizenga Scholarship
  • Hannah Jacobs ’18 — Kruizenga Scholarship
2016 Award Winners
  • Rian Sayre ’16 — Herman Miller Award
  • Katie Jaderholm ’16 — Herrel George Thomas Scholarship
  • Joy Rhine ’17 — Jon F. Kay Award
  • Olivia Lauritsen ’17 — Jon F. Kay Award
  • Mariah Hunt ’16 — Jon F. Kay Award
  • Evan Rodgers ’16 — Jon F. Kay Award
  • Katie Kooiker — Stanley Harrington Award
  • Maxine Terry — John M. Wilson Art History Award
  • Katy Jaderholm ’16 — Kruizenga Scholarship
  • Samantha Grody ’16 — Kruizenga Scholarship
  • Mariah Hunt ’16 — Kruizenga Scholarship
  • Rian Sayre ’16 — Kruizenga Scholarship
2015 Award Winners
  • Aaron Estelle ’15, Monica Dwyer ’15 — Herrel George Thomas Scholarship
  • Erin Schregardus ’16 — John M. Wilson Art History Award
  • Stephanie Harron ’15 — Herman Miller Award
  • Mariah Hunt ’16 & Monica Czechowicz '16 - Jon F. Kay Award
  • Elizabeth Jaros '15 & Stephanie Harron ’15 — Jon F. Kay Award
  • Rian Sayre ’16 — Stanley Harrington Art Award
  • Evan Rodgers ’16 — Kruizenga Scholarship
  • Katy Jaderholm ’16 — Kruizenga Scholarship
  • Brant Biba ’15 — Kruizenga Scholarship
  • Stephanie Harron ’15 — Kruizenga Scholarship

Distinguished Artist Award

The Distinguished Artist Award (DAA) is awarded to incoming first-year students. It is renewable for four years, if individual department requirements are met, and provides eligible students with $3,000 each year towards their college costs. The DAA is awarded to students with strong academic records and outstanding creative abilities in art, dance, music, theater or creative writing.

Apply for the Distinguished Artist Award 

Student-Faculty Research and Collaboration

Art students may participate in student-faculty research and collaboration during the school year or over the summer. In some cases, student-faculty teams present their work at summer research luncheons or, in the case of artistic projects, at a venue on campus or in the Holland area. Speak with your advisor or a professor about applying for the Borgeson Scholar program or a Nyenhuis grant, or contact the art department for more information regarding other research and collaboration opportunities.

Off-Campus Study

Domestic or international study and travel are strongly recommended during every student’s time at Hope. These experiences can be incredibly valuable in preparing you for a future career in the arts. Some of the most popular destinations for art and art history students include Paris, New York, and Vienna.

Find art and art history off-campus study opportunities