Home spelled backwards: Artist as work of art

Cultured.GR contributor, Elizabeth VanArragon, takes an art historical approach to one of ArtPrize 8’s most talked-about entries. 

VanArragon, Elizabeth. “Home spelled backwards: Artist as work of art.” Cultured.GR (6 October 2016).

The headline read “Man living inside his ArtPrize entry.” How could anyone’s attention not be captured by the promise of something new this ArtPrize? For the month of ArtPrize, Loren Naji has been living in his sculpture “Emoh,” a small, spherical house built of materials collected from demolished homes in Grand Rapids, Detroit and Cleveland.

Read the entire article here.

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Cultural visibility in our sights: ArtPrize Eight brings chance to listen to other cultures through art

ArtPrize kicks off today in downtown Grand Rapids, and this year promises over 150 venues hosting nearly 1,500 works of art. Before taking to the streets, take a moment to read these good words from Cultured.GR contributor Elizabeth VanArragon, on viewing work and considering other’s perspectives.  

VanArragon, Elizabeth. “Cultural visibility in our sights: ArtPrize Eight brings chance to listen to other cultures through art.” Cultured.GR (13 September 2016).

As we anticipate the eighth year of ArtPrize, Grand Rapids’s largest annual public art event, it will be worthwhile to consider the relationship between art values, venues, and cultural authority…

The full article is available here. 

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Sept 11-17: National Arts in Education Week


September 11-17, 2016 marks the 6th annual National Arts in Education week–a week set aside to celebrate the importance and transformative power of the Arts in all realms of education.

From Americans for the Arts,

National Arts in Education Week is a national celebration recognizing the transformative power of the arts in education. Designated by Congress in 2010 through House Resolution 275, the celebration is designated to bring attention to this cause for elected officials and educational decision makers across the country and to support equitable access to the arts for all students.

To learn more and join the cause, visit the Americans for the Arts site, and remember to thank the Arts educators in your life!

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POLISHING APPETITES: recent works by Anna Hanchett

Recent works by Anna Hanchett
Calvin College (106) Gallery, 106 S. Division Ave, Grand Rapids
July 15 – August 19

The Calvin College Department of Art and Art History is proud to present POLISHING APPETITES, an exhibition featuring work by Calvin College 2014 BFA graduate, Anna Hanchett. Anna shares:

I often find myself dreaming about suppers I’ve shared with dear friends: suppers that sustained both bodies and social bonds. Grounded in place, I give physical form to memories and I explore identity in spaces of shared intimacy.
A glass cover exposes the shared intimacy of eating cake–a lens of pleasure and desire; the cake devoured collectively and still held in our minds. And I paint on linen marked by past spills cleaned as a reminder of what it means to be human. As good wine enhances conversation, it also helps us focus on what is in front of us, while coffee restores us back into the world, at the end of supper.
Appetites are largely bound up with nostalgia, and our cravings thrive on anticipation. I play with my own hunger for belonging in order to reference appetites that extend beyond the table. I collect from my past, and I arrange imagery to juxtapose relationships. By mixing flavors and mixing people, gathering at the table celebrates the prolonging of life, and I use this image to navigate and piece together my cravings for home.
As I find my place at the table, I anticipate the promise of the meal to come. 

Exhibition Opening Reception
Friday, August 5, 6 – 9 pm

Join (106) Gallery for thePOLISHING APPETITES exhibition opening reception on Friday, August 5, from 6 – 9 pm. This event is held in conjunction with the Avenue for the Arts’ First Fridays market event and shop hop. Enjoy an art-filled night on South Division Avenue, as numerous venues are open late for your art viewing and buying pleasure. Refreshments served.

Anna also invites you to celebrate POLISHING APPETITES with a studio sale, held in conjunction with the opening reception. Items available include ceramics, collage, and drawings from her personal studio practice.

image: Anna Hanchett, Aljarafe, 2016. mixed media
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Art Education Award Recipient

A big congratulations to Calvin College Senior Art Education student, Sara Martinie, recipient of the Vander Ark Distinguished Teacher Intern Award. Martinie was nominated by Associate Professor of Art and Art History, Jo-Ann Van Reeuwyk. Sara is the first first Art Education student nominated by Van Reeuwyk to receive the award.

Sara is graduating this spring with a degree in Art Education (K-12). This summer, in addition to working as a nanny and violin teacher, she is planning her wedding and marrying her best friend, Trey. In the fall, Sara will be working with Artists Creating Together (ACT) in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Brava, blessings, and all the best, Sara!


Sara, outside the classroom:)

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Bright Plans for Calvin Architecture Students

A number of current Calvin senior architecture students and past architecture alumni have been admitted to Masters of Architecture programs for fall 2016. Congratulations, all!

Karl Sparrman (’13) : Admitted to the Master of Landscape Design programs at the University of Virginia and the University of Minnesota. Karl will be attending the University of Virginia in the fall.
Matthew Buesing (’15) : Admitted to the Master of Urban Planning programs at the University of Michigan, the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Georgia Tech, and the University of Southern California. He will be attending the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.
Nathania Wijaya (’16) : Admitted to Master of Architecture programs at Savannah College of Art and Design  and the Pratt Institute (Brooklyn). She will be attending Pratt Institute in the fall. 
Nicole Reenders (’16) : Admitted to the Master of Landscape Architecture programs at the University of Toronto and the University of Manitoba. Nicole will be attending the University of Manitoba in the fall. 

A big congratulations to you all, both graduating seniors and Calvin alumni. Blessings and best wishes as you continue your studies in the fall!

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Open Studio Night: Curator’s Talk at (106) Gallery

Join (106) Gallery, Wednesday, May 18, 6-7pm, for a special Open Studio Night Gallery lecture following the current exhibition: “Jaro Hess: ‘A Truly Free Life'”

Czechoslovakian-born Jaro Hess (1889-1977) moved to Grand Rapids in the 1920s as landscaper and gardener, but his occupations encompassed a wide variety of interests, most memorably his artistic projects. Humorous, dark, mischievous and always whimsical, Hess’ paintings and drawings are windows into a vibrant imagination.

This lecture, given by Calvin College honors Art History and English graduating senior, Julia LaPlaca, offers a brief introduction to Jaro’s life, work, and his place in Grand Rapids. Hess created the lion share of his illustrations, paintings, and his most well-known illustrative map, “The Land of Make Believe”, in Grand Rapids. However, his work has only stayed on the fringes of Grand Rapids artistic history, even though Hess did have connections to the other artists in the community. In this way, Hess is something of an outsider artist. Jaro’s work emphasizes many parallel or outside worlds, whether it is story-book tales, parapsychology, or a visual catalogue of myths of Jaro’s own invention. The strangeness and charm of his art has continued to intrigue viewers long after his death.

Location: (106) Gallery and Studio, 106 S. Division ave, Grand Rapids, 49503

Questions? Ask Gallery Assistant Paula Manni: pcm2@calvin.edu

image: Jaro Hess, The Jungle II, 1971. Oil on canvas

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