New gallery director excited for collaboration

Calvin Chimes writer, James Andrew Gilbert, shares on the Center Art Gallery’s new director, Brent Williams:

Gilbert, James Andrew. “New gallery director excited for collaboration.” Calvin College Chimes. 2 March 2018. 

Brent Williams, a Taylor University graduate, has recently been hired as the new art gallery director of exhibitions for Calvin’s Center Art Gallery.

Williams, who started working at the art gallery on Feb. 21, plans to emphasize an interdisciplinary approach to the gallery during his time as the art gallery director, as he would like to engage with a variety of different students.

“I would like to create a gallery exhibition program that allows students of all academic backgrounds to experience, explore and examine their academic and spiritual journeys through the lens of art,” Williams said. “Ultimately, I would like to create more opportunities for art to be seamlessly interwoven with public places and the overall campus experience.”

Read the entire article here.

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Photography Student Community Collaboration

Calvin News and Stories student writer, Hannah Ebeling shares a bit about Professor Jennifer Steensma Hoag’s Digital Photography course and class partnerships with Samaritas Senior Living. 

Ebeling, Hannah. “Student Photography Guides Senior Citizens in their Living Space.” Calvin College News and Stories. 22 February 2018. 

“I think the ability to take what you are learning in an academic setting and translate that to a real-world situation is such a helpful process,” said Jennifer Hoag, professor of phtotography. “You have to really think about what is needed and break down the criteria to be successful.”

Last fall, an intermediate digital photography class was given the opportunity to do just that.

read the entire article here.


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Calvin College Center Art Gallery Presents “The Beautiful”

Cultured.GR shares on the Calvin College Center Art Gallery upcoming exhibition, “The Beautiful,” at the Center Art Gallery from January 8 – February 17.

“Calvin College brings beauty to art gallery with “The Beautiful” exhibition.” Cultured.GR (3 January 2018). 

“Held in conjunction with the annual Calvin Symposium on Worship, this traveling exhibition gathers more than 35 contemporary works of art executed in a variety of media and genres that bear witness to beauty.”

Check out the full article here. 


image: “Red Sea Crossing” by Grace Carol Bomer

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Student J Andrew Gilbert Shares on his Design Process

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Calvin College Junior J Andrew Gilbert has been working with the Calvin Theatre Company as a graphic designer for the 2017-18 performance season designing posters, mailers, fliers, and web content in support of Calvin Theatre. Andrew aims for cohesion throughout his work, and creates pieces with visual ties to the thematic content of CTC’s Season of Love and Forgiveness. Andrew shares a bit about his process designing promotional material for this week’s production of The Arabian Nights:

Gilbert, James Andrew. “Arabian Nights–Poster Design.” I Keep on Dreaming ( 7 November 2017. 

Since it’s opening week I decided to write a blog post explaining a bit of my design process for the poster…So the design always starts with ideas and concepts. When I talked with the director for the play, Debra Freeberg, she emphasized the idea of lights in the night and this rich colored fabric. I really liked these visuals, and combining it with the night, went for a desert night scene to tie it in with a place.

Read more about Andrew’s design process here, and be sure to get your tickets to CTC’s production of The Arabian Nights here.

Calvin Theatre Company’s Season of Love and Forgiveness is made possible in part by funding from the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs


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Cross Burton Studios: Ice Cream Social Open House

Ice Cream Social Open House at Cross Burton Studios
2041 Raybrook St SE (a short walk across Burton; Cross Burton Studios are located on the lower level)
Wednesday, November 8, 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Join the The Calvin College Department of Art & Art History, Calvin College Artist Collaborative Students, and Art Department faculty members for a celebratory Ice Cream Social Open House to celebrate the opening of the new faculty studios and Open Studio space at Cross Burton Studios.

All are welcome to join–enjoy dessert before dinner, and mingle with art department friends, old and new. See you then!
Questions? Contact Arts Programming Coordinator Paula Manni (

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Calvin Chimes: Center Art Gallery Feature

Calvin College Chimes features editor, Michelle Hofman shares a bit about the place and space history of the Calvin College Center Art Gallery, it’s origins, and how it has developed and changed through the years: 

Hofman, Michelle. “The Center Art Gallery has a Long History.” Calvin College Chimes. 29 September 2017.

Everyone is at least somewhat aware that the Calvin campus contains an art gallery. Hopefully they know where it is. They might have even gone inside, and looked at the works of art that hang from the white walls, and rest on pedestals scattered around the room. The gallery is bright, and relaxing. A quiet space to go and get lost in the curves of a sculpture or in the strokes of paint on canvas.

But where did all of this art come from? How expansive is the Calvin collection? When did the Center Art Gallery truly begin? Betty Sanderson, the administrative assistant for the gallery. and Paula Manni, the Arts programming assistant, agreed to meet for an interview with Chimes to answer these questions, and others…

Read on here, and take a visit to the Calvin College Center Art Gallery today!



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Art Department Emeritus Honored

Calvin College Art Department emeritus, Robin Jenson, has been recognized as a 2017 recipient of the Calvin Faith and Learning Award:

Faith and Learning Award: Honoring master teachers and life-changers.” Calvin College, May 2017.

Presented annually by the alumni association, this award recognizes Calvin’s outstanding faculty. The criteria include teaching excellence, spiritual impact, care for the whole student and lasting influence.

Robin Jensen never pictured himself as a Calvin College professor. Now, looking back on a 30-year teaching career, he is deeply grateful for the experience and the chance to inspire creativity in young people…

To read more about Robin Jenson and his impact on the Calvin community and beyond, see here.


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