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.

The Kruizenga Art Museum (KAM), opened and dedicated in September 2015, provides exhibition space for the college’s extensive permanent collection and visiting exhibitions. It provides additional support for curation of the collections, as well as space and resources to view and study works from around the world, spanning centuries.

The museum was developed with an emphasis on engaging faculty and students from many academic disciplines in the study and interpretation of art. Its vision is to be an educational resource — not only for the college, but for all of West Michigan.

Current Exhibition

In Memory: The Art of Billy Mayer

May 29–September 8

"Greatest Battle" by Billy MayerMayer 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.

Anyone wishing to donate to the Billy Mayer scholarship fund apart from the silent auction should contact the college’s development office at 616.395.7775 or development@hope.edu.

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