An exhibition of work by Jennifer Gardiner-Lam and Steve Nelson of the Hope College art faculty will open in the gallery of the De Pree Art Center on Thursday, Jan. 11, with a reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

Gardiner-Lam is an adjunct assistant professor of art at Hope, where she has taught since 1997. She has taught printmaking, drawing, life drawing and watercolor, as well as the First-Year Seminar for incoming students.

Her own work has included printmaking, painting and collage. She has been showing at galleries in Holland, Saugatuck, Douglas, Birmingham, Harbor Springs for the past 10 years. She has also exhibited work in Washington, D.C.; Chicago, Ill.; and Los Angeles, Calif.; and has work in many local corporate collections.

Nelson is an associate professor of art and chairperson of the department at Hope, where he has taught since 1989. He specializes in teaching photography at the college. His recent focus as an artist has included large-format color photographs of abbey ruins in the British Isles, contrasting architectural forms with organic growth and atmosphere. He has also recently conducted studies of Michigan landscapes, supported through a 2002 grant from the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs, and British landscapes and architectural fragments. The De Pree gallery featured a solo exhibition of his photography in 1997.

The De Pree Art Center is located on Columbia Avenue at 12th Street. The gallery is open Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The gallery is handicapped accessible.

The exhibition will continue through Friday, Feb. 9. Additional information about the exhibition or gallery may be obtained by calling the De Pree Art Center at (616) 395-7500.