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Currently on display 

a New art for a new china

August 26–December 16, 2023

This exhibition features a selection of Chinese prints dating from the late 1930s to the early 2020s that reflect the broader history of China and Chinese printmaking during that period. The artworks belong to a collection of more than 1,500 modern Chinese prints that was formed by Dr. David Ihrman and his late wife Huang Dong Ihrman, and donated to the Kruizenga Museum in 2021. The Ihrman collection ranks among the largest collections of modern Chinese prints to be found outside of China.

Image:The Dream of the Butterfly. Shao Mingjiang (Chinese, b. 1956), 1993. Woodcut. 2021.2.1100

Yellow and blue butterfly encompased by an abstract pink flower

Parallels: A Big read Exhibition

November 7–December 16, 2023

Parallels was organized to complement the 2023 Hope College NEA Big Read Lakeshore program. The 2023 Big Read book is Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. The novel tells the stories of two related Black families, one in Africa and one in America, from the time of the slave trade to the present day. Inspired by the structure of the book, Parallels juxtaposes six pairs of artworks by African and African American artists that reflect some important recurring themes from the text, including cultural pride, creativity, courage and resilience.

Image:Portrait of Leopold Sédar Senghor. Lois Mailou Jones (American, 1905 – 1998), 1996. Screen print. Hope College Collection, Purchased with funds donated by Judith Kingma Hazelton ‘56, 2019.81.3

Print of eopold Sédar Senghor, a Senegalese politician, poet and cultural theorist in warm, yellow tones.

upcoming exhibitions

Deep Roots, New Shoots: modern and contemporary art from the kam collection

January 12–May 18, 2024

Deep Roots, New Shoots features 40 African artworks created between the 1960s and the early 2020s, all of which belong to the Kruizenga Museum’s permanent collection. The artworks span the length and breadth of the African continent, from Morocco to South Africa and Nigeria to Ethiopia. They represent a diverse variety of artistic styles and movements, and reflect a broad range of themes and issues, including celebrations of ethnic and national pride, struggles against various forms of inequality and injustice, and critical reflections on the enduring impacts of colonialism and global consumerism.

Image: Cookoil pa Speed. Sky Salanje (Zimbabwean, b. 1992), 2022. Acrylic on canvas. Hope College Collection, 2023.28

This painting depicts a street vendor selling bottles of cooking oil at a  Zimbabwean street market. The thick paint and collaged stickers capture the colors and rhythms of contemporary life. 

Transforming matter: Incarnation, Sacraments, and Saints in Catholic Art and Devotion,

January 12–May 18, 2024

Transforming Matter was curated by five students from the Hope Catholics student organization working under the supervision of Professor of Religion Jared Ortiz. The exhibition features 25 artworks that reflect different aspects of Roman Catholic theology and religious practice. Artworks in the exhibition include paintings, prints, sculptures and liturgical objects that range in date from the late 15th to the early 21st centuries. All of the artworks in the exhibition belong to the Kruizenga Art Museum’s permanent collection.

Image: Monstrance. Hispano-Filipino (Filipino; Spanish), 18th century. Gilt silver, glass or crystal. Hope College Collection, gift of David Kamansky and Gerald Wheaton, 2023.29.37.a-b


The Monstrance is an object made to hold the Eucharist. It typically includes representations of light beaming out from it.


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.