Exhibition of Paintings by Bruce McCombs
Featured in Grand
Posted September 19, 2001
HOLLAND -- Paintings by Bruce McCombs of the Hope
College art faculty will be featured in a solo exhibition in
the Grand Rapids Art Museum through the end of the calendar
The exhibition, "The Light of Meyer May:
Paintings by Bruce McCombs," will be on view in the Currier
Galleries on the second floor of the museum from Friday,
Sept. 21, through Sunday, Jan. 6. The exhibition is
presented in conjunction with "Light Screens: The Leaded
Glass of Frank Lloyd Wright," which opens at the museum on
Friday, Oct. 12, and also continues through Sunday, Jan. 6.
Completed in 1909, the Meyer May House of Grand
Rapids was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright under commission
from Meyer May, a prominent department store executive. The
home, located at 450 Madison St., was extensively modified
through the years, including for use as a multi-family
dwelling after it left the May family in 1942. Steelcase
purchased the home in 1985 and subsequently restored it to
its original design.
McCombs' watercolors, started in 1993, are based
on details of the house. The paintings capture interior and
exterior areas of the home in various seasons and times.
McCombs is a professor of art at Hope, where he
has been a member of the faculty since 1969. He has had
more than a dozen solo exhibitions in the United States and
overseas. His work is included in the permanent collections
of more than 20 major U.S. museums, including the Whitney
Museum of American Art in New York and the Speed Art Museum
in Louisville, Ky., as well as the Grand Rapids Art Museum
and the art museums in Kalamazoo and Muskegon.
He holds his B.F.A. from the Cleveland Institute
of Art, and his M.F.A. from Tulane University in New
The exhibition "Light Screens: The Leaded Glass
of Frank Lloyd Wright" is running at the museum as part of a
national tour. The museum is the only Midwest venue for the
exhibition, which is also traveling to New York City;
Allentown, Pa.; Atlanta, Ga.; New Port Beach, Calif.; and
The Grand Rapids Art Museum is located at 155
Division North. Closed on Mondays, the museum is open from
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily (until 9 p.m. on Friday). General
admission is $5 for adults; $2 for senior citizens and
students with an ID; and $1 for youth age six-17. On
Fridays, admission is free from 5 p.m. until close.
Admission to "Light Screens: The Leaded Glass of
Frank Lloyd Wright" is $7 for regular adult admission; $4
for senior citizens (62 and older); $4 for college students;
and $3 for youth age six-17.
The museum may be called at (616) 831-1000.