Design Competition for Spoelhof Entrance

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Dialogue Deadline Approaching

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BFA Program

Attention all Art Majors:
Are you interested in applying to the BFA program? There will be a meeting held on Thursday, October 16, at noon in SC125. All potential applicants MUST attend this meeting! The meeting will provide you with information and application instructions.
For any further questions, please contact Professor Wolpa
office: SC104B email:

Important future dates:
October 20 (Monday) forms are due at noon
October 24 (Friday) portfolios are due at 11 AM

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ArtPrize Highlights

As ArtPrize is wrapping up and voting closes, take one last look at some of the top picks. Calvin’s art department and its alums has its share in the spotlight; a list below has been compiled of the successes.

Popular Vote
Adam Bock was voted into the top 25 in the 2D category as of Saturday night.

Rick Beerhost was voted into the top 25 in the Installation category as of Saturday night.

Ryan Spencer Reed was voted into the top 20 in the Installation Category, making him a finalist for the Grand Prize.

Nicholas Kroeze (Calvin alum) is part of the team who created The Pond, voted into the top 20 in the 3-d Category, making him a finalist for the Grand Prize.

Carol Roeda was voted into the top 20 in the Time-Based Category, making her a finalist for the Grand Prize.
(see all Grand Prize finalists here

Juried Awards
Debra VanPoolen was shortlisted for the 2-d Juried Award, making her eligible for the $20,000 2D award, and the Juried Grand Prize.

Detroit Free Press article
(106) Gallery was selected as Best Venue by Detroit Free Press critic Mark Stryker. Big congratulations to Joel Zwart and Sara Bakker for this!

The Rapidian
A short article was written by one of our very own, Lisa VanArragon, for the Rapidian about art and war. It includes a reference to Reed’s installation as well as a project called Fashion Has Heart that links veterans with designers. One of the designers is Calvin alum Joy’l Bowman Verheul.

Tim Lowly Programming
A very successful and inspiring lecture and panel with Tim Lowly held at Calvin College.

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Art Department 50 Year Anniversary

Calvin College’s art department is celebrating fifty years! Look around campus to find the Fifty Years of Light logo. Join in the celebration of the department at the Faculty Exhibition Reception held on October 17.

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Literacy Gallery

The Department of Art and Art History invite you and your students to experience the LITERACY GALLERY in room 100, basement level of the Spoelhof Center. This exhibition is a combination of artwork from elementary students in the Grand Rapids Public Schools system and from college students. The Grand Rapids Art Museum has graciously loaned us the work that they have exhibited as part of their program called: LANGUAGE ARTISTS: THE ART AND LITERACY CONNECTION.Elementary students visit the GRAM to study several pieces of artwork and then in turn create their own artwork based on their study. The students then write a short composition to compare and contrast as well as a longer narrative about their piece.
Come see the lovely results! Any one interested in literacy of all kinds including the visual and interested in children will enjoy this exhibition. The Gallery will be open until October 13.

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Get Involved

Sign up in the art office for a workshop with Professor Jake VanWyk. The workshop will be held this FRIDAY on Oct 3 from 1:30-4:30. There are only 7 spots left! This is an opportunity you won’t want to miss.
The workshop will include:
Mono-printing using Caron Dasche crayons on Rag Stock
Ink wiping and layering using process inks
Workshop will stress image planning, buildup and registration using
Plexi-glass templates as a printing matrix as well as other transfer techniques

Come on down to the art basement this FRIDAY, October 3, to room 150 for the panel discussion with artist Tim Lowly. You will not need to travel downtown for this ArtPrize event. Tim Lowly is a Calvin alum, currently living and teaching in the Chicago area and has his work all over the world, including the Metropolitan Museum. To learn more about this event go to:

The Calvin College (106) Gallery is hosting “Reflexion,” an exhibition of nine ArtPrize artists that faithfully explore ways in which their art and process relate to reflexion ­–a bending back. They invite contemplation, ruminate on memory and identity, investigate properties of light, utilize the return of lines, consider the incomplete and ambiguous, and fix viewers thoughts on legacy. The artists approach this through various forms of traditional and non-traditional painting, printmaking, sculpture and installation that open new ways for the viewer to engage in art.

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