“The Door” and Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence:

  • 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men will experience some form of intimate partner physical violence in their lifetime.
  • The prevalence of domestic violence transcends race, socio-economic status, gender, and religion.
  • Domestic violence is most common among women between the ages of 18-24.

To help raise doorawareness, Hope College Library is proud to display “The Door,” an interactive art piece by artist and domestic violence survivor and counselor Stacy Dubay.  Ms. Dubay’s artist statement says “Statements on the door illustrate experiences I have heard in my work and the suitcases reflect my individual struggles as a survivor. The exhibit is meant to be touched and accessible to the viewing public. Viewers are encouraged to ‘take the journey’ and walk through the door, open the suitcases and look at the contents. Survivors are invited to sign the back of the door.”


Near “The Door” is a display with resources on how to get help as well as some Library matersuitcaseials about domestic violence and its effects.

Please note:

This exhibition includes images and language that may be upsetting or offensive to some audiences. If you choose to view the exhibition, please understand that it intends to promote awareness and provoke discussion about important issues among Hope College students, faculty and staff. The content of this exhibition may not be appropriate for everyone: parents or guardians of school-age children should preview the exhibition before allowing the children to visit the exhibition.

Hope College Library would like to thank their partners in bringing “The Door” to campus:

Counseling and Psychological Services

Health Center

Communications Department

Nursing Department

Center for Diversity and Inclusion

Student Development

Women’s and Gender Studies Program

Psychology Department




Center for Women and Transition




Library Support for the Hateful Things/Resilience Exhibit


Now through October 7th the DePree Gallery is hosting a dual exhibition, IMG_6443“Hateful Things / Resilience.” This exhibit features racist memorabilia from the Jim Crow Museum at Ferris State University, in parallel with works by major contemporary African American artists. The exhibit is “intended to encourage thoughtful, sensitive, and scholarly dialog concerning the history of race in America and how it was portrayed and persists in visual culture and fine art.”

Van Wylen Library has created a companion display of library resources to support the exhibit. It includes many of the books that are referenced in the Hateful Things exhibition, as well other resources highlighting the work of the Contemporary African American artists who are featured in Resilience, including Sanford Biggers, Faith Ringgold, and Romare Bearden. These materials can be browsed in the library or checked out for further research. Additional resources, including streaming videos, are available at http://libguides.hope.edu/hatefulthingsresilience

The exhibit also features a limited edition pop-up book by prominent IMG_6440contemporary artist Kara Walker, entitled Freedom : a fable : a curious interpretation of the wit of a negress in troubled times. In much of her art Walker uses powerful black silhouettes, many of which utilize racial stereotypes to confront the viewer around issues of slavery, power, race, gender and sexuality. This particular piece “tells the story of a female slave whose life after emancipation veers far from her dreams of meritocracy, revealing that Freedom, a Fable is not just the title of the work but is also the lesson to be learned.”

This piece was commissioned by the Peter Norton Family in 1997 and donated to Hope College by David Kamansky and Gerald Wheaton as a part of a significant gift of art and art books given to the Kruizenga Art Museum and Van Wylen Library. If you would like to view this book in person or show it in a class, contact Jessica Hronchek.

Please come explore these materials and deepen the campus conversation around this important topic!



And the winner is…

Hailey Perecki, winner of this year's Altered Book Art Award, with librarian Jessica Hronchek.
Hailey Perecki, winner of this year’s Altered Book Art Award, with librarian Jessica Hronchek.

Congratulations to Hailey Perecki for her winning piece, entitled “The Flickering Torch Mystery,” one of many entered into the Altered Book Art Contest at Van Wylen Library. Students in Stephanie Milanowski’s class had their altered books on display at the library on the first floor for several weeks in March. If you missed it this year, you can still view the artwork in Digital Commons, Hope’s institutional repository at the following link: http://digitalcommons.hope.edu/altered_book/

As the winner, Hailey received a certificate from the library and will have her piece added to the permanent collection in the Rare Book Room. All winners of the Altered Book Art Collection are available to be viewed upon request by contacting askalibrarian@hope.edu.

Artist’s Books at the Library

It’s that time of year again, a time where we can look forward to Spring and Stephanie Milanowski’s Class Project! This year 9 Artists Books entries are on display at the library. The exhibit will remain on display through March 14.

This Fabulous Century The Flickering Torch Mystery Gus the Great

You can view the past participants on Digital Commons, where the library has been archiving past Altered Book Art Projects. Last year’s winning entry was Samantha Gindl’s piece “Consumer, Meet Producer.”

Are you interested in learning more about art made from books? We have a lot of information in our stacks to aid you in your quest. In “Playing with Books,” author Jason Thompson combines different decorative art techniques to demonstrate the art of book-reimagination. His book includes projects for artists to try themselves. In “Art Made from Books,” 27 visual artists come together to showcase their work with the print medium. This book honors celebrates the printed book and its role throughout history.

If you want to find artists working with books online, you won’t have to go far. Visit this libguide on Book Arts Resources to get started.