SubArts “Macabre”

The Visual Arts Guild presents its annual subterranean art show “Macabre”. We are currently looking for submissions-which can be sent to along with a title, name of artist, date, and medium. The deadline for submissions is November 12 @ 6pm.We are also in need of volunteers to help set up and take down the event. If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out the google form below!

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Caitlin Smits, Visual Arts Guild

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Open Studio Painting Workshop at Calvin’s (106) Gallery and Studios

Calvin’s (106) Gallery is pleased to host featured ArtPrize artist Valerie Allen on Sunday, October 4, 10 am – 12 pm for a Golden Acrylics presentation and special Open Studio free workshop event. Allen will guide listeners through the basics of painting with acrylics. Allen will also lead a brief acrylics workshop for guests who pre-register. Space is limited and is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign up today!

To register for this free event, please RSVP to (106) Assistant, Paula Manni, at Attendees will leave this exclusive ArtPrize presentation with a gift bag of Golden Acrylics paint and an 8×10 painting using supplies provided.
See you Sunday, October 4, from 10 am – 12 pm at 106 S. Division Avenue, Grand Rapids, 49503
And for more workshops and gallery events, check out our Facebook


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Art Prize 7

ArtPrize 7 opens Wednesday, September 23. This year for the first time, the Calvin Alumni Board is funding an ArtPrize award in the amount of $1500 for a Calvin alumni ArtPrize participant. The award is funded through the Alumni Association Catalyst Fund. It allows Calvin College to acknowledge the contributions made to the world’s largest public art competition by Calvin alumni and to foster Calvin alumni appreciation of the visual arts in its urban community.
The winner will be determined by popular vote by Calvin alumni through a voting site linked at the Calvin Alumni website. Voting will be open to all Calvin alumni who visit ArtPrize in person. Any Calvin alumnus artist participating in ArtPrize 7 is eligible for the award.
Very important!!: If you know a Calvin alum who is an ArtPrize participant this year (or if you are), please send their name to Elizabeth VanArragon at asap.
Voting will begin Wednesday, September 23 and will continue until Thursday, October 8 at midnight. The winner will be announced on the Calvin Alumni website on Friday, October 9 and publicly at the Calvin Homecoming Maroon and Gold Gala on Saturday, October 24.
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Open Studio Night!

Join Open Studio Night this Wednesday for vinyl night at Calvin’s downtown gallery. Bring your favorite record(s) to play, and we’ll create and craft together listening to tunes. Come with a personal project or handcraft to work on, or feel free to use Open Studio art supplies. Refreshments provided!

Open Studio Night is a weekly gathering free and open to any artist, creator,or maker. We meet most Wednesdays in the 106 basement studio space to discuss, explore, and participate in art-making together. Bring yourself, bring a friend, and come ready to create–we’d love to have you!
See you Wednesday, September 16, at 6pm, at Calvin’s (106) Gallery and Studio, 106 S. Division Ave, Grand Rapids, 49503

>Questions? Check out our facebook page:
or contact Gallery Assistant Paula Manni at

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Filled with Light

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Department of Art and Art History at Calvin College
In 1964-65 Calvin College officially established an Art Department with its founding faculty member, Edgar Boeve. Although some art and art history courses had been taught previously in the Dutch department, Boeve’s courses were the first under the new department heading.
We have been celebrating the 50th anniversary of our founding throughout the past year with exhibitions, lectures and other events with the theme Filled With Light. “Filled with Light” expresses the illumination our creativity brings to the college community, and the capacity of the visual arts to enlighten the world (and maybe a little irony as well?). Our celebrations will culminate in special events during the weekend of October 2 and 3, 2015.  Below is a schedule of these celebration events with short descriptions of each. We hope you can join us and look forward to seeing you there. Please contact 50th Anniversary Committee Chair, Lisa VanArragon at with any questions.
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-Friday, October 2, 4:00-8:00 pm: ArtPrize tours, beginning at Calvin College (106) S. Division Gallery. Meet us at the (106) gallery, our own ArtPrize venue, for a welcome/hospitality package including maps, bottled water, a site overview and refreshments. We’ll direct you to the key sites for viewing work by Calvin alums from there.
-Friday, October 2, 8:30pm: 50th Anniversary Reception, Goei Center, 818 Butterworth SW, Grand Rapids 49504 (ticket event, $25 tickets available at, or call the Calvin Box Office at 616-526-6282). Join us at the elegant Goei Center to reunite with former classmates, professors and friends, to experience some of the highlights of our past and present and celebrate with hors d’oeuvres, desserts and drinks. Photo Booth, Story Corps-style audio booth, emeriti  and current department members to catch up with, new art students to meet,highlights reels, cash bar, etc.
-Saturday, October 3, 10:00-11:30 am: Emeriti Coffee Reception, CFAC Lobby. Reunite with Edgar Boeve, Helen Bonzelaar, Virginia Bullock, Carl Huisman, Robin Jensen and Chris Stoffel Overvoorde.
-Saturday, October 3, 1:00-3:00 pm: Exhibition Reception, 50/50: 50 Alumni in 50 Years; and Light: An Eternal Presence, The Donna Spaan Contemporary Art Collection (Gallery open for viewing 10:00 am – 4:00 pm)
-Saturday, October 3, 4:00 pm: Memorial for Charles Young, location TBA. If you would like to share a memory of Charles at this event, please contact Betty Sanderson at
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Celebration of African-American art and music to enhance ArtPrize 2015

The boundless artistic contributions of African-Americans will be highlighted during the inaugural Grand Rapids African-American Art and Music Celebration, part of ArtPrize 2015. The two-day event, Friday, Sept. 25 (3–10 p.m.) and Saturday, Sept. 26 (Noon10 p.m.) at Calder Plaza, will immerse the community in art, music, dance and food reflecting the many facets of the city’s diversity.Screen Shot 2015-09-11 at 12.03.26 PM

More information is contained on the attached media release.

AAAMC Media Release

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Poetry Reading, Opening Lecture and Reception

On Wednesday, September 16 at 6pm in the CFAC Recital Hall the Center Art Gallery is pleased to present a poetry reading and opening lecture in conjunction with the new exhibition “Light: An Eternal Presence – The Donna Spaan Contemporary Collection of Art.”

Lew Klaat (English) will be reading the newly commissioned poem “Say What You See in the Dark,” and Craig Hanson (Art & Art History) will be giving the opening lecture “Collecting Light: Historical Context for the Donna Spaan Collection.” Join us as we celebrate the opening of this new exhibition and newly acquired art collection at Calvin College. Desserts
and Refreshments to follow in the West Lobby.

The art exhibition will be on display through October 10. Initiated in 2013 through a generous gift by Donna Spaan, this new contemporary collection of art is being exhibited for the first time. Designed as an educational tool the collection presents light as both a universal force, and as a revealer of particular: light that imprints darkness, references history, celebrates music and poetry, illuminates texts.  Included are
works by artists: Gerhard Richter, Hendrik Kerstens, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Sandra Bowden, Arne Svenson, Carol Bomer, Doug and Mike Starn, and Thierry Cohen.

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