The Kruizenga Art Museum aims to educate, engage and inspire the students, faculty, staff and alumni of Hope College — as well as the broader communities of Holland and West Michigan.

Current Exhibition


January 15–May 11

Bag Face with Tree of Life Design

“Once Were Nomads” uses textiles to examine the traditional life and culture of the nomadic peoples of Baluchistan, a territory that straddles the modern borders of Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan. The exhibition includes 45 examples of textiles including rugs, clothing, animal trappings and other such items, ranging in date from the mid-19th to the late 20th centuries.

The content and presentation of the exhibition was organized in collaboration with Hope College student Caleigh White ’20, whose curatorial work on the exhibition was supported by the Borgeson Scholar Program and the John H. Dryfhout ’64 Internship endowment. Many of the textiles featured in the exhibition were donated or lent to the museum by Verne Trinoskey and Paula Armintrout Trinoskey of Eureka, California, who also provided important historical information and technical analysis of the weaving.

Admission to the exhibition is free, and all are welcome.

Image: Bag Face with Tree of Life Design, Baluch, Northeastern Iran, 19th century, Wool (Loan from the collection of Verne Trinoskey and Paula Armintrout Trinoskey)