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Bruce McCombs
New Watercolors

October 14 - November 23, 2005

Opening Reception:
Friday, October 14 , 2005 5:00 - 7:00


A professor of art, McCombs has been a member of the college's art faculty since 1969. He has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in the U.S. and in 12 countries around the world. His work is found in the most important art collections in the country, including the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

McCombs's watercolors fit into the photorealist tradition. The new works are not "views" in the traditional sense of visual records of the buildings. Rather, they are excerpted details and surprising perspectives, sometimes of small or inconspicuous minutiae.

In the words of former Hope College President Gordon Van Wylen, who will be offering remarks during the opening, the exhibition "reminds us of another key facet of Hope College - the important and strategic role of the faculty in the life of Hope College. The way that faculty members fulfill this role varies from one discipline to another, and with the individual gifts and temperament of each faculty member. Bruce McCombs is a superb example of a faculty member who teaches first of all by having true excellence in his field. As an artist, Bruce has a national and international reputation. From this foundation he creates an environment that enables him to effectively instruct, encourage, and inspire each student. This exhibition provides a wonderful opportunity for the viewer to understand the excellence, creativity, and discipline that Bruce McCombs brings to his work and to the campus community."


For more information, please contact the De Pree Gallery Office at (616) 395-7500. Regular Gallery hours for the Academic Year are Sunday-Monday 1:00-5:00; Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.; and Thursday from 10:00 a.m.until 9:00 p.m. The De Pree Art Center and Gallery is located at the corner of 12th Street and Columbia Avenue. The gallery is handicapped accessible. Admission is free.