posted September 19, 2001

Bruce McCombs Exhibition in GR

Paintings by Bruce McCombs of the Hope College art faculty will be featured in a solo exhibition in the Grand Rapids Art Museum through the end of the calendar year.

The exhibition, "The Light of Meyer May: Paintings by Bruce McCombs," will be on view in the Currier Galleries on the second floor of the museum from Friday, Sept. 21, through Sunday, Jan. 6. The exhibition is presented in conjunction with "Light Screens: The Leaded Glass of Frank Lloyd Wright," which opens at the museum on Friday, Oct. 12, and also continues through Sunday, Jan. 6.

Completed in 1909, the Meyer May House of Grand Rapids was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright under commission from Meyer May, a prominent department store executive. The home, located at 450 Madison St., was extensively modified through the years, including for use as a multi-family dwelling after it left the May family in 1942. Steelcase purchased the home in 1985 and subsequently restored it to its original design.

McCombs' watercolors, started in 1993, are based on details of the house. The paintings capture interior and exterior areas of the home in various seasons and times.

McCombs is a professor of art at Hope, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1969. He has had more than a dozen solo exhibitions in the United States and overseas. His work is included in the permanent collections of more than 20 major U.S. museums, including the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Ky., as well as the Grand Rapids Art Museum and the art museums in Kalamazoo and Muskegon.

He holds his B.F.A. from the Cleveland Institute of Art, and his M.F.A. from Tulane University in New Orleans, La.

The exhibition "Light Screens: The Leaded Glass of Frank Lloyd Wright" is running at the museum as part of a national tour. The museum is the only Midwest venue for the exhibition, which is also traveling to New York City; Allentown, Pa.; Atlanta, Ga.; New Port Beach, Calif.; and Washington, D.C.

The Grand Rapids Art Museum is located at 155 Division North. Closed on Mondays, the museum is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily (until 9 p.m. on Friday). General admission is $5 for adults; $2 for senior citizens and students with an ID; and $1 for youth age six-17. On Fridays, admission is free from 5 p.m. until close.

Admission to "Light Screens: The Leaded Glass of Frank Lloyd Wright" is $7 for regular adult admission; $4 for senior citizens (62 and older); $4 for college students; and $3 for youth age six-17.

The museum may be called at (616) 831-1000.