Currently on display
In Memory: The Art of Billy Mayer
May 29–September 8
Mayer received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Minnesota in 1976 and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Pennsylvania State University in 1978. He joined the faculty of Hope College in 1978 and taught in the Department of Art and Art History until his unexpected death in 2017.
The title of this exhibition refers not only to the fact that it offers a commemorative look back on Mayer’s art, but also to the importance of memory in Mayer’s work. As is evident from many works in the exhibition, Mayer’s art was often inspired by memories of his childhood and other periods throughout his life. Yet while the genesis of the artworks may have come from events and experiences in Mayer’s personal life, Mayer also intended for his work to evoke memories in others, encouraging all to find their own meanings in his art. Mayer’s art generously repays close attention and contemplation. While much of his work appears humorous or playful at first glance, at a deeper level it engages much more serious issues of social identity, cultural values and the impact of technological, environmental and economic change on our daily lives.
In Memory was organized by the Kruizenga Art Museum. The artworks in the exhibition are for sale in a silent auction that will run through September 8th. All proceeds from the auction will go to an endowed scholarship fund in Mayer’s name that will benefit future generations of Hope College art students. If you are interested in bidding on an artwork or donating to the Mayer scholarship fund, please contact a museum staff member.
As a teaching museum, the Kruizenga Art Museum strives to be a center for curiosity, inspiration and cultural exploration. By displaying artworks from a wide range of cultures and historical periods, the museum aims to foster the qualities of empathy, tolerance and understanding in all of our visitors.
Thanks to the generosity of our patrons, the Kruizenga Museum’s collection is constantly growing. In an increasingly diverse and global age, it is important for the Kruizenga to collect and exhibit images and objects that can help tell as many different stories as possible. The Kruizenga Museum collection reflects patterns of cross-cultural exchange that in some cases are centuries old and yet continue to shape our world today. We welcome you to explore this exhibition with an open mind. The exhibition was not designed to be seen in a certain sequence and we encourage you to draw your own connections between the artworks. If you have any comments or questions about the exhibition or the Kruizenga Museum collection, please contact a museum staff member. Learn about past exhibitions
ABOUT OUR EXHIBITIONS
The Kruizenga Art Museum galleries are typically installed with a mix of temporary exhibitions and permanent collection displays. These exhibitions and displays are planned to complement course offerings in the college’s academic curriculum and usually change, partially or completely, at the beginning of each semester.
The museum’s exhibitions are further augmented by lectures, artist demonstrations, film series, musical concerts, dance and theater performances and other relevant educational programs. An endowment gift from Holland residents Dave and Jane Armstrong provides funding for at least one exhibition-related lecture every year, while other programs are made possible through annual gifts and campus partnerships.