The reception for the exhibition “Hope Has Me: A Collaborative Exhibition Inspired by the Words and Works of Corita Kent” at Hope College has been rescheduled to Thursday, Jan. 29, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the gallery of the De Pree Art Center, with a short program beginning at 6:30 p.m.
The exhibition earlier this month and is continuing through Sunday, Feb. 1. The reception was originally scheduled for Friday, Jan. 9, but was postponed due to inclement weather.
The public is invited to both the exhibition and the reception. Admission is free.
“Hope Has Me: A Collaborative Exhibition Inspired by the Words and Works of Corita Kent” portrays art as an act of rebellion against the boundaries of age, class or race that often dictate who can make art, who can learn, and ultimately whose voice prevails. It includes work by area middle school and high school students teamed with Hope students, and pieces by Kent.
The exhibition marks the culmination of a three-month experiment in socially-engaged art making. This past fall, Hope senior studio art and art education majors teamed up to create original works of art with after-school students at CultureWorks, a local, faith-inspired nonprofit dedicated to providing transformative art and design experiences to individuals of all backgrounds.
Corita Kent (1918-86), world-renowned printmaker and social activist, served as the source of inspiration for the collaboration, with her “10 Rules for Students, Teachers, and Life” providing the conceptual framework for artistic production. Juxtaposed with eight original serigraphs on loan from the Corita Center in Los Angeles, California, the exhibition pays tribute to Kent’s earnest and collaborative approach to creating art, which combined faith, politics, and teaching with an overarching message of hope and justice.
Also known as Sister Mary Corita, Kent gained international fame for her vibrant serigraphs during the 1960s and 1970s. A Sister of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, she ran the Art Department at Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles until 1968, when she left the order and moved to Boston, Massachusetts.
The gallery is handicapped accessible, and is open Mondays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The De Pree Art Center is located at 160 E. 12th Street, on Columbia Avenue at 12th Street.