Billy MayerBilly Mayer

The De Pree Art Center and Gallery at Hope College will feature “440,” an exhibition of sculpture in a variety of media by faculty member Billy Mayer, from Monday, Jan. 11, through Thursday, Feb. 11.

Mayer will deliver a gallery talk on Friday, Jan. 15, at 4 p.m., with an opening reception following from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  In addition, he will be featured during an artist meet-and-greet on Tuesday, Jan. 26, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., also in the gallery.

MayerThe public is invited to the exhibition, gallery talk, reception and artist meet-and-greet.  Admission is free.

The title of the exhibition derives from 440 hertz, the musical note that since 1936 has been broadcast shortly after the top of the hour by WWV and WWVH, which are shortwave radio stations of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, to aid orchestras in tuning their instruments.

A professor of art, Mayer teaches sculpture and oversees the ceramics program.  He joined the Hope faculty in 1978, and served as the chair of the Department of Art and Art History from 1987 until 2004.

His sculpture has taken many forms and is executed in a broad range of media: glass, ceramics, fabricated aluminum, cast bronze and plastic.  Mayer’s large outdoor polychrome aluminum sculptures are a familiar site in the Holland area, residing in locations including Herrick District Library, the Herman Miller and Howard Miller corporate offices, Holland Midtown Center and Jubilee Ministries, and the Hope campus.  His recent work includes sculptural light fixtures in a variety of area locations, including Butch’s Dry Dock, New Holland Brewing and Holland Bar Stool Company, among others.

He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Pennsylvania State University.

The gallery of the De Pree Art Center and Gallery is open Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The De Pree Art Center and Gallery is located at 160 E. 12th St., on Columbia Avenue at 12th Street.