Kruizenga Art Museum Supports the Big Read with “Truth to Power” Exhibition

Speaking truth to power is what a new Kruizenga Art Museum exhibition does through powerful art from Europe, North America, Asia and Africa. The exhibit supports this month’s NEA Big Read Lakeshore theme as the month long event focuses on Julia Alvarez’s “In the Time of Butterflies.”

A Conversation about Photography, Creative Process and Tugs

Professor Steve Nelson’s exhibition Tug: A Great Lakes Odyssey is a photographic installation comprised of his most recent photographs documenting the tugboat industry in the state of Michigan. I had the privilege to listen to Nelson’s artist talk and experience the installation on view now in the De Pree Art Gallery at Hope College. To […]

Collaboration is Truly a Gift: Reflections on Faculty-Student Research

Working together this summer, both Emily and I had the privilege of doing what we love to do. Our research and creative practice were enhanced by our time together, by our discussions, and by our fresh eyes on each other’s work. 

Object Lesson: Christ’s Life by Rembrandt van Rijn

Lent is a time for prayer and reflection on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. On April 9, the Kruizenga Art Museum opened a focused exhibition of etchings by the 17th-century Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn that includes eight poignant scenes from the life of Christ. These beautiful images may inspire special contemplation as […]

Object Lessons: Mexican People Portfolio

In 1946, the Taller de Grafica Popular (People’s Graphic Workshop) in Mexico City published a portfolio titled Mexican People that consisted of twelve lithographic prints by ten different artists depicting scenes of Mexican working life. The purpose of the portfolio was to help Americans better understand the peoples and cultures of Mexico as both countries […]

Student Profile: Studio Art Major Brianna Derfiny

Like her classmates in the class of 2019, Brianne Derfiny is at the cusp of transforming from a student into a practicing artist. With that comes the essential question: how to I develop habits of artistic practice that will keep me making art after Hope College?

Juried Art Show Provides Hope Students With Invaluable Experience

The annual juried art show opened in the DePree Gallery on Monday, November 19th.  Twenty-eight students have work in the show, including painting, sculpture, works on paper, textiles, new media, and installation art.  This year the guest juror is Patrick Earl Hammie, a professor of art at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champlain. People may wonder […]

Object Lessons: Calculus in the KAM

How is art relevant to calculus and calculus relevant to art? Every semester for the past two years, Dr. Stephanie Edwards, professor of mathematics and chairperson of the department, has been bringing her Calculus I and II classes to the Kruizenga Art Museum to consider exactly these questions. To answer the first question — how […]

Bruce McCombs Exhibit in Final Days

The Bruce McCombs exhibit currently in the DePree Art Center and Gallery is your opportunity to feel as though you are walking through campus while indoors and in one place. Multiple realistic watercolor artwork of Hope buildings and scene-scapes by the long-time Hope professor are on display until Friday, November 9.  McCombs’ profound artistic talent […]

Hope Connections Play Critical Role in Exhibit at the Kruizenga Art Museum

The exhibition, Living Tradition: Contemporary Ethiopian Christian Art at the Kruizenga Art Museum until Saturday, December 15, would never have happened without critical contributions from four current and former Hope College students.