The annual Juried Student Art Show at Hope College will run from Friday, Nov. 22, to Friday, Dec. 6, in the De Pree Art Center and Gallery. 

There will be a juror’s talk in advance of the exhibition, on Monday, Nov. 11, at 5 p.m. in Cook Auditorium of the De Pree Art Center and Gallery. There will be a reception in the gallery on Friday, Nov. 22, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The public is invited to the exhibition, juror’s talk and reception. Admission is free.

Open to all students at Hope, the competitive exhibition is an annual fixture in the De Pree gallery. Each year, the Department of Art and Art History invites a recognized artist or curator to judge the student work.

This year’s juror, Kekeli Sumah, is an audio-visual artist and serves as Curatorial Fellow at the Driehaus Museum in Chicago. Sumah received his bachelor’s degree in fine art and visual critical studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Born in Accra, Ghana, he moved to Vienna, Austria, to complete his secondary education. Sumah’s cross-disciplinary works explore the cultural politics of globalization and the construction of identity, particularly the tangled interrelationship between Europe and Africa. Sumah uses the lens of post-colonialism and hybridity to question the constituent characteristics of contemporary identity by mingling Western art historical traditions with the “Other.”

Audience members who need assistance to fully enjoy any event at Hope are encouraged to contact the college's Events and Conferences Office by emailing or calling 616-395-7222 on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The De Pree Art Center and Gallery is located at 275 Columbia Ave., between 10th and 13th streets. 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. Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, the gallery will be closed Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 28- Dec. 1.