Governance

Through the contribution and cooperation of the Advisory Board and the campus community, the Kruizenga Art Museum can be a relevant cultural asset.

Advisory Board

The KAM Advisory Council purpose is to raise funds and attract donations in support of exhibitions, educational programming and operations at the Kruizenga Art Museum. Council members donate or obtain money, art or in-kind support for the museum every fiscal year, according to their means and abilities. The council annually reviews plans for exhibitions and programs and advises on possible campus and community partnerships, ensuring resources are used efficiently and productively.  Serving as ambassadors, the Council helps to cultivate donations, loans, media coverage and relationships that are beneficial to the museum.

The KAM Advisory Council does not have governing authority over the operations of the museum, though its advice and recommendations inform the directions taken by the KAM Director and approved by the Dean of Arts and Humanities. 

Advisory Board Members
  • David Armstrong
  • Donald Battjes, Jr.
  • Joan Bonnette
  • Mike Brummel
  • Meg Froelich
  • Anne Hesselink
  • Derek Kruizenga
  • Richard Kruizenga
  • Dr. Ronald Vander Molen

The Kruizenga Art Museum Advisory Council also includes representatives from the Hope College administration, faculty and staff.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Kruizenga Art Museum is to educate, engage and inspire the students, faculty, staff and alumni of Hope College, as well as the broader communities of Holland and West Michigan. By presenting art from a wide range of cultures and historical periods, the the museum fosters the qualities of empathy, tolerance and understanding that are essential components of Hope College’s mission to provide an outstanding Christian liberal arts education while preparing students for lives of leadership and service in a global society.

Vision Statement

The KAM will be:

  • Dynamic: The KAM will present exhibitions and thematic displays drawn primarily from its permanent collection, with occasional exhibitions and displays featuring loans from other institutions and/or private collections. The exhibitions and displays will explore a broad range of themes and ideas and will change regularly to ensure the museum remains visually fresh and intellectually exciting.
  • Relevant: The museum’s exhibitions and displays will be relevant to the academic curriculum of Hope College and to the lives of its students, faculty, staff and alumni. The museum will also display art of local and regional relevance.
  • Multidisciplinary: The museum will show a broad range of arts from many different cultures and historical periods. In this way, the museum will strive to serve all of the academic disciplines at Hope College. It will collaborate with other college departments and local cultural organizations to create contextual programs (lectures, films, performances, complementary exhibitions, etc.) that enrich the entire campus.
  • Participatory: As much as possible, the museum will engage students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members in the planning and implementation of exhibits and programs. Displays will be designed to elicit critical and creative responses from visitors that will be shared publicly through various physical and digital platforms.