posted September 28, 2006

Exhibition to Feature Work by Alumni

Work by more than two dozen Hope College alumni will be featured in an invitational exhibition opening with a reception in the gallery of the De Pree Art Center on Thursday, Sept. 7.

The public is invited to both the exhibition and the reception. Admission is free.

The exhibition features work in a variety of media, in keeping with the diverse range of interests and approaches taken by the program's alumni since their undergraduate days.

"The broad array of works in this exhibition is a testament to the varied journeys these artists have taken since their studies at Hope, and also evidences the versatility of a liberal arts education," said Bill Mayer, professor of art, the exhibition's curator. "All of these alumni studied art at Hope, although not all were art majors."

The artists' Hope class years range from 1973 to 2002, and in addition to art their academic majors included disciplines such as English, psychology and mathematics. The participants, whose career paths range from architecture to studio art to college and university teaching, were invited to submit work by the department. The inaugural alumni invitational exhibition follows a series of juried exhibitions of alumni work co-sponsored by the college's Alumni Office and department of art periodically during the 1980s and 1990s.

The 25 alumni with work in the exhibition are: Nathan P. Cassie, Tom De Pree, Kathleen Dustin, Todd Erickson, John Filker, Steven J. Haulenbeek, Anne Harrington Hughes, Mark Holmes, Jill L. Jepsen, J. Chadwick Johnson, Jesse Koskey, James W. Lee III, Francis A. Magnotta, Karen A. Mahaffy, Matt Morgan, Jennifer A. Neihoff, Deana A. Rennick, John R. Saurer, Erin R. Selmer, W. Matthew Tailford, Naomi Tsukamoto, Matthew C. Vander Borgh, Elona Van Gent, Heidi Van Wieren and Robert B. Wondergem.

The De Pree Art Center is located on Columbia Avenue at 12th Street. 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. The gallery is handicapped accessible.

The exhibition will continue through Sunday, Oct. 15, the final day of the college's Homecoming weekend. Additional information about the exhibition or gallery may be obtained by calling the De Pree Art Center at (616) 395-7500.