Mother Against War. Andrea Gómez y Mendoza (Mexican, 1926–2012). 1956. Linotype. Hope College Collection, 2016.48.2

In celebration of Women’s History Month in March, Hope College’s Women of Color United (WOCU) campus organization, with assistance from the staff of the Kruizenga Art Museum, has curated a special focus exhibition that will run from Tuesday, March 1, through Saturday, April 9.

“Resilience” will feature artworks representing the strength and resilience of women throughout time and changing circumstances. Labels for the artworks and a brief statement introducing the exhibition were written by members of WOCU, illuminating the thoughts behind their selections for the exhibition.

WOCU, which is a group leadership and mentoring program for female-identifying students of color. will also host a talk, “Resilience: Women Through the Ages,” followed by a reception at the Kruizenga Art Museum on Friday, March 11, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Speaking at the event will be Hope College’s Dr. Erika Calvo-Ochoa, assistant professor of biology and neuroscience, and Yoli Vega, senior academic and career advisor with the Boerigter Center for Calling and Career. 

The public is invited to the exhibition and talk.  Admission is free.

Contributions and support for the exhibition and speaking event were also provided by Hope College’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI), the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE), and Women’s Empowerment Organization (WEO).

The Kruizenga Art Museum is located at 271 Columbia Ave., between 10th and 13th streets. Public visiting hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Admission to the museum is always free. Please check the museum’s website or social media for additional information about special programs and events.

The Kruizenga Art Museum functions as an educational resource for Hope College and the greater West Michigan community. The museum features two public galleries as well as a study room and climate-controlled storage space for its 7,000-object permanent collection. It is named in honor of a leadership gift from the late Dr. Richard and Margaret Kruizenga of Holland, both of whom graduated from Hope in 1952.

Due to the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, Hope is currently requiring that masks be worn by all individuals while indoors on campus unless in their living space or alone in their work space.