Special Programs and Opportunities

Art students can get involved outside the classroom in a number of ways, including the annual juried student show in the De Pree Gallery, faculty-student research and off-campus study opportunities.  

Annual Juried Student Show

The De Pree Gallery features an annual Juried Student Show every fall semester. All Hope students, not just art majors, are invited to submit work in any media. The exhibition is juried by an outside juror selected by the faculty. The juror will speak select work for the exhibition and then give a talk about the works selected. The juror will also speak at the opening reception on their own personal work and methodologies. Works in the juried show can range from black and white photography to acrylic painting to mixed-media sculpture.

Art Department Awards

The art department gives annual awards to students who show exceptional promise while in the department.

2016 Award Winners
  • Rian Sayre ’16 — Herman Miller Award
  • Katie Jaderholm ’16 — Herrel George Thomas Scholarship
  • Joy Rhine ’17 — Jon F. Kay Award
  • Olivia Lauritsen ’17 — Jon F. Kay Award
  • Mariah Hunt ’16 — Jon F. Kay Award
  • Evan Rodgers ’16 — Jon F. Kay Award
  • Katie Kooiker — Stanley Harrington Award
  • Maxine Terry — John M. Wilson Art History Award
2015 Award Winners
  • Aaron Estelle ’15, Monica Dwyer ’15 — Herrel George Thomas Scholarship
  • Erin Schregardus ’16 — John M. Wilson Art History Award
  • Stephanie Harron ’15 — Herman Miller Award
  • Mariah Hunt ’16, Elizabeth Jaros ’15, Monica Czechowicz ’16, Stephanie Harron ’15 — Jon F. Kay Award
  • Rian Sayre ’16 — Stanley Harrington Art Award

Distinguished Artist Award

The Distinguished Artist Award (DAA)  is awarded to incoming first-year students. It is renewable for four years, if individual department requirements are met. The DAA is awarded to students with strong academic records and outstanding creative abilities in art, dance, music, theater or creative writing. This award provides eligible students with $2,500 each year towards their college costs.

Apply for the Distinguished Artist Award

Student-Faculty Research and Collaboration

Art students may participate in student-faculty research and collaboration during the school year or over the summer. In some cases, student-faculty teams present their work at summer research luncheons and, in the case of artistic projects, in a venue in the Holland area or on campus. Contact the art department for more information about the Borgeson Scholar program or other research and collaboration opportunities.

Off-Campus Study

International study and travel are strongly recommended during every student’s time at Hope. Some of the most popular destinations for art students include Paris, Nantes, Rennes and Dakar (Senegal).

Find study abroad opportunities through the Fried International Center