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Kruizenga Art Museum

The new Kruizenga Art Museum will enhance the role of the college’s Permanent Collection as a teaching tool, providing space and resources to view and conduct scholarship on works from around the world and spanning centuries. This conceptual rendering of the museum looks northeast from above Kollen Hall. The DeWitt Center is at lower left, the Martha Miller Center for Global Communication at upper left, and the De Pree Art Center at upper right.

Kruizenga Art Museum Planned

Hope is making plans for a new art museum that will house and provide exhibition space for the Permanent Collection, as well as dedicated curatorial support to help care for the collection and further develop it as a teaching tool.

The facility is being named in recognition of a leadership gift from Richard ’52 and the late Margaret Feldmann ’52 Kruizenga of Holland, Mich. (formerly of Irving, Texas).
A strong appreciation for the importance of art has led Dr. Richard Kruizenga ’52 and Margaret Feldmann ’52 Kruizenga to provide a leadership gift for a new art museum and related curatorial and programmatic support to help enhance the educational value of the college’s Permanent Collection. With more than 1,000 objects, and encompassing centuries and traditions from around the world, the collection is a significant teaching resource with potential greater than the college’s current facilities and staffing levels have been able to realize.

The total goal for the museum is $4,375,000, which includes construction costs of just over $3 million and a maintenance endowment of over $1 mllion, with $1.8 million left to raise. Several alumni and friends of the college have already contributed to the project, with fundraising on-going. The Kruizengas’ gift includes not only support for the construction of the museum, but endowments for its exhibition program, a new curator for the collection and the endowment of a professorship in the department of art, which are all over and above the total museum goal.

The museum will be constructed on Columbia Avenue at 11th Street, between the De Pree Art Center and the Martha Miller Center for Global Communication on land currently occupied by a parking lot and a student-housing cottage. learn more

Building Hope on Experience

Matt VanderBorgh ’84 Donald Battjes ’68

Bringing the college’s new Kruizenga Art Museum from vision to fruition is a team effort, beginning with the generosity of the building’s donors and drawing heavily on the talents of Matt VanderBorgh ’84 and Donald Battjes ’68, art alumni whose career paths have led them to unique roles in shaping the facility. Vander Borgh has gone on to a career as an architect who has completed projects around the world, and is bringing his internationally acclaimed expertise back to Hope as designer of the museum. Battjes, newly retired from a career in corporate facilities and real estate administration, most recently as chief of operations and facility planning with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, is playing a leadership role in guiding the museum’s programmatic needs from the drawing boards to realization.

Matt Vander Borgh ’84 of The Hague, the Netherlands, and Donald Battjes ’68 of Los Angeles, Calif., bring their individual talents and training back to the college, applying career expertise honed through decades of experience. They are helping make the new Kruizenga Art Museum a place that will enable new generations of students to achieve their dreams, too.

An architect internationally acclaimed for his work, Vander Borgh is director of C Concept Design, which has developed projects in 19 countries on four continents. He has worked closely with Hope in designing a building that will not only provide a home for the college’s magnificent Permanent Collection but will itself serve as a work of art that will express in form its purpose in function, and will become a hive of activity that extends itself into the campus and engages students and community alike.

Battjes is playing a leadership role in aiding the college to guide the museum’s programmatic needs from the from the drawing boards to an enduring structure as an outstanding center for learning— a complex journey given its specialized nature. Recently retired, he is highly respected in his profession for having done the same for major corporations, such as Hughes Aircraft and 20th Century Film Corporation, and for the past 14 years as chief of operations and facility planning with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). learn more

The largest single fundraising effort in the college’s history, the $175 million A Greater Hope comprehensive campaign will benefit every student as it strengthens the college’s endowment, adds several new buildings, and supports immediate needs through the annual Hope Fund. For more information, and to explore supporting the college through the campaign, please visit Hope on-line or contact Mary Remenschneider, campaign director at remenschneider@hope.edu or 616-395-7775.