posted February 11, 2008

Gallery Features Work by Billy Mayer

The gallery of the De Pree Art Center at Hope College is featuring the work of faculty member Billy Mayer in an exhibition running from Monday, Feb. 11, through Friday, March 7.

"Short and Sweet: Ten New Works and One Old Favorite" highlights work
that Mayer completed on a sabbatical leave.

There will be an opening reception on Friday, Feb. 15, from 5 p.m. to
7 p.m. in the gallery, with Mayer giving an "artist's talk" at 6 p.m.
about his work.

In addition, a lecture on the gilding or "gold leaf process" will be
given by Kari Miller on Friday, Feb. 15, at 4 p.m. in Cook Auditorium
in the De Pree Art Center. Miller is a collaborator on several of
Mayer's works included in the exhibition.

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

The sculptures in the exhibition, mostly made from terra cotta clay,
also incorporate other materials such as anthracite coal, gold leaf,
taconite, and porcelain. Also included in the exhibit will be a work
that Mayer has been developing for 15 years.

A professor of art, Mayer teaches sculpture and oversees the ceramics
program. He has been a member of the Hope College faculty since 1978,
and served as the chair of the department of art and art history from
1987 until 2004. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the
University of Minnesota and a Master of Fine Arts degree from
Pennsylvania State University.

His sculpture has taken many forms and is executed in a broad range of
media: glass, ceramics, fabricated aluminum, cast bronze and plastic.
Mayer's large outdoor polychrome aluminum sculptures are a familiar
sight in the area, one residing outside the Herrick District Library,
another at the Herman Miller Corporate Office, two on Hope's campus,
one at the Howard Miller Company headquarters and another at Christ
Community Church in Spring Lake.

The gallery of the De Pree Art Center is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to
noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and
Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The De Pree Art Center is located at 160 E. 12th St., facing Columbia
Avenue at 12th Street. The gallery is handicapped accessible.