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:

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

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Intermediate and Advanced Painting Students Explore the Detroit Art Scene

This past Saturday, Calvin’s intermediate and advanced painting students took on Detroit as they explored the city’s local arts scene. Visiting Professor of Art and Art History, Mandy Cano Villalobos, organized and facilitated the trip, making stops at a variety of sites, including MOCAD, Hatch Art, Popps Packing, and artist Scott Hocking‘s studio. Mandy shares about the experience here:

“After a brief stop at MOCAD, we visited Hatch Art, toured the building and saw the current group exhibition. We also spoke with Chris Schneider, Hatch’s president, and Alice Schneider, the gallery coordinator, who spoke to us about Hatch’s programming, as well as good professional practices for emerging artists. At Popp’s Packing we met with the husband – wife team Graem Whyte and Faina Lerman. Together they are expanding this nonprofit into a multiple building organization that hosts year-round artist residencies, as well as an exhibition venue. We were also able to attend the lecture of their current exhibiting artist, Matthew Bandsuch. Afterwards we met with sculptor Scott Hocking in his studio. He spoke with us about his art practice, the concepts that drive his work, his experiences exhibiting the world, and the sacrifices he has had to make in order to pursue his art career.”

images: courtesy of Mandy Cano Villalobos

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Understanding the Language of Graphic Design

in his June 2012 post “Graphic Design as a Liberal Art,” author Jarrett Fuller posits that graphic design skills are a vital tool in our twenty-first century tool kits–an essential piece necessary to understanding, connecting, and participating in today’s visual communication.

From Jarrett Fuller

“Graphic Design as a Liberal Art,” Jarrett Fuller (June 2012)

We’re all looking down at our screens — we’re always looking at our screens. The screen, like the interstate highway did in the 1950s, has become a platform to connect us. The central source of information. The bridge that connects us to one another and makes the world feel smaller.

Designers have an important place in society. We have the responsibility — the privilege — to design the interfaces on those screens, the experiences the user has with the device in front of them. We’ve been given that seat at the table we’ve always wanted. Design is more important now than ever before in history. We are shaping the future.

Like writing and speaking has done for generations, design has the power to connect in the twenty-first century, but only if we liberate it and open it to all. By giving it the attention it needs in education, we can equip a generation with the tools it needs to develop a point of view, craft messages, and then project those ideas into the world.

The full article is available here

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Artist’s Talk: MAKOTO FUJIMURA: The Four Quartets Made Visible


The Calvin College Department of Art & Art History, in conjunction with the Festival of Faith and Writing, is honored to welcome guest artist and speaker Makoto Fujimura to Calvin’s downtown (106) Gallery for an artist’s talk and reception on Wednesday, April 13, at 3:30pm.

Makoto Fujimura will discuss his series of paintings based on T. S. Eliot’s FOUR QUARTETS and making visual art inspired by literary art in this special pre-Festival of Faith and Writing event. The lecture will be followed by a short reception with the artist.

>>For more on Makoto Fujimura:
>>This event is free and open to the public. For more Festival of Faith and Writing events, see here:

(106) Gallery and Studios
106 S. Division Avenue
Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Questions? Contact Gallery Assistant Paula Manni:


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HYBRID EXPLORATIONS: Art.Downtown Closing Reception


Photo: Matt Gubancsik, Brianna Baurichter Performance, 2015.

The Calvin College Department of Art and Art History is proud to present HYBRID EXPLORATIONS. This exhibition showcases the two-dimensional charcoal work and the creative performative practice of Brianna Baurichter, artist and MFA candidate at Kendall College of Art and Design.
See more of Brianna’s work here:
The exhibition runs March 4 – April 9
106 S. Division Ave, Grand Rapids, 49503

Join (106) Gallery for the Hybrid Explorations performative piece and exhibition closing reception on Saturday, April 9. Brianna will be sharing her performative work in the gallery space, 5-9 pm. Refreshments served.
This event is held in conjunction with Avenue for the Arts’ Art.Downtown festival along the S. Division cooridor. Take the opportunity to enjoy an art-filled day on the avenue, with over 30 particpating venues to visit, and 400+ exhibiting artists and muscicans. learn more here:


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