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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Open Studio Highlight

Cultured.GR contributor, Elizabeth Rogers Drouillard shares a bit about the fiber arts resurgence in the DIY crafts scene, and highlights an upcoming fiber arts workshop with Calvin College’s Open Studio Night.

Rogers Drouillard, Elizabeth. “Embroidery workshops showcase slow fashion, encourage sustainability.” Cultured.GR (5 May 2017). 

Parliament the Boutique and the Calvin College Department of Art & Art History both have upcoming opportunities to slow down and learn a new thread craft.

Both the patch embroidery workshop at Open Studio, programming from Calvin College previously located in the former (106) Gallery, and the sashiko workshop at Parliament the Boutique are in response to local and national increased interest towards fiber arts, slow fashion, and a sustainable, hands-on value of making.

“There’s been a resurgence in fiber arts over the past few years, and many Open Studio attendees have expressed interest in learning how to knit, crochet, embroider, etc.,” says Paula Manni, Calvin College Arts Programming Coordinator and former Gallery Assistant at Calvin College’s 106 Gallery.

Read the entire article here, and be sure to check out additional Open Studio Night events through the Calvin College Department of Art and Art History!



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Calvin Faculty Awards: Congratulations, Professor Greidanus!

A huge congratulations to art professor Anna Greidanus, recipient of a 2017 Calvin College faculty award for Community-Based Teaching. What a wonderful testament to Anna’s dedication and care: a well-deserved honor!

Professor Greidanus will be recognized at the Calvin Tributes and Awards Dinner on Friday, May 5, along with other Faculty Award recipients:

·         Advising and Mentoring: Julie Yonker (Psychology)

·         Collaborative Change: John Witvliet (Congregational and Ministry Studies)

·         Community-Based Teaching: Anna Greidanus (Art and Art History)

·         From Every Nation Award for Excellence in Teaching: Eric Washington (History)

·         Innovative Teaching: Keith Vander Linden (Computer Science)

·         Student-Faculty Research: Larry Molnar (Physics and Astronomy)

·         Teaching Excellence (for affiliated and adjunct faculty): Jane Genzink (Education)

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Summer Internships with the Grünewald Guild

Looking for a unique and life-giving summer internship experience? Explore the various internship opportunities with the Grünewald Guild–a retreat center located in the Wenatchee National Forest of North central Washington State. The Grünewald Guild is a community that “fascilitates the exploration between art and faith/spirituality.

Grünewald Guild Art Program Coordinator Sara Jane shares:

Guild internships seem to work best for students who are self-motivated, flexible, and comfortable taking ownership of their projects. Our work environment is causal and highly relational, with abundant opportunities for collaboration. We place a strong value on inclusivity and are passionate about actively recruiting interns who can enrich our community with diverse experiences and outlooks. 

Our 9-week summer internships are unpaid, but do provide room and board as well as one free class. We have opportunities in a number of areas, including Art Studio Management, Media & Marketing, Community & Hospitality, and Food Service. 

For a complete listing of Summer 2017 internships offered through the Grünewald Guild, see here:


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Calvin Art Alumnus Bjorn Sparrman at Yve YANG Gallery, Boston

Congratulations and good wishes to Calvin College Art Alumnus Bjorn Sparrman. Sparrman’s solo exhibition Two Pieces will be on view at Boston’s Yve YANG Gallery April 7 – April 20, 2017. Sparrman received his BFA at Calvin College in 2012, and his Masters of Science, Art, and Technology from MIT in 2016. 

Below, the press release from Yve Yang Gallery

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Bjørn Sparrman
Two Pieces 04.07.2017–04.30.2017
Opening: 04.07.2016, 5PM–9PM

Yve YANG Gallery is pleased to announce Two Pieces, a solo exhibition by Bjørn Sparrman. Two Pieces will feature two pieces side by side at Yve YANG Gallery. Exhibition dates are from April 7th through April 30th, 2017. The opening reception will be on Friday, April 7th, 5pm to 9pm.

Yve YANG Gallery is pleased to announce Two Pieces, a solo exhibition by Bjørn Sparrman. Two Pieces will feature two pieces side by side at Yve YANG Gallery. Exhibition dates are from April 7th through April 30th, 2017. The opening reception time will be on Friday, April 7th, 5pm to 9pm.

Stability is the net zero-sum of motion. Stability is attributed to things. Instability conveys meaning. The two works presented invert the ways in which we rely on stability and expect instability.

In The Sculpture Makes the Viewer Revolve Around Itself, a handheld camera focuses on various objects. Projected on a thin sheet of stone, the image is stabilized such that the subject of the video remains fixed on the screen. The frame jumps around as is must to accommodate the filmmaker’s hand. The second piece, Image of the City, consists of construction scaffolding arranged in a grid. Low frequencytransducers animate the structure with inaudible vibrations derived from the sounds of animals and conversations. From a distance the structure is completely still and quiet. Only when touched sat on is the stone found to vibrate.

Both of the works presented in Two Pieces touch on a recurring component of Sparrman’s work. Through video and sculpture, he looks to find the link between materials and beliefs. Belief is a blanket term for ideologies, conceptual ideas, or the way we order and rank things in our minds. The ways in which we internally organize our beliefs inevitably interface with objects and materials. Sparrman’s work acknowledges the moment when ideas are thickened into a material carcass or represented by a momentary image. In the same breath, objects and their materials have the capacity to break through into our consciousness as concepts. Sparrman produces works in video and sculpture that leverage the threshold between ideas and materials. He does so in moments of hypnotic film and by specializing the experiences of objects and images. In the case of the works presented in Two Pieces, he searches for the sublime ignorant moment before perceptions become cemented as beliefs.

About the Artist 
Bjørn Sparrman (b.1989, US) lives and works in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He received his BFA from Calvin College in 2012 and his Masters of Science in Art, Culture and Technology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2016. He is currently a research specialist at the Self-Assembly Lab at MIT. As recipient of the ArtPrize 2014 Pitchnight grant, he exhibited his large public work, The Grand River Checkpoint Project, during the citywide festival in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

About Yve YANG Gallery Yve YANG is a gallery that presents emerging and newly established artists from all over the world. It is committed to carefully tracking the ever emerging technological moment alongside artists who wrestle with the conditions that this moment presents. This task requires a constant reconsideration of disciplinarily, forms of knowledge and representational modes. Yve YANG is eager to see the practice of art in turngenerate its own technologies that shape the world and our perception of it. We believe great art is not just embellishment, but rather is an essential act that inspires the progression of human history.

Open: Friday-Sunday, 12-6pm or by appointment

460C Harrison Ave, suite 8B, Boston, MA 02118

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Calvin Emeritus Chris Stoffel Overvoorde continues to spark positive change

Calvin College emeritus painting professor Chris Stoffel Overvoorde continues to spark positive change in his Grand Rapids community. Overvoorde served as an art professor at Calvin College for 31 years, and stood as Director of Exhibitions for nearly 10. Today,  the Calvin College permanent collection is home to over 60 Overvoorde prints, drawings, and paintings. Overvoorde continues to stay involved and invested in the West Michigan arts community:

Andrew Steiner (Feeding America West Michigan), “Local painter to host art sale in support of hunger relief.” The Rapidian (15 March 2017).

 Artist Chris Stoffel Overvoorde is hosting a three-day sale of his work to support local hunger relief, March 30-April 1. A third of the sale’s proceeds will be donated to Feeding America West Michigan.

This sale, hosted at his home and studio in southeast Grand Rapids, is the second time Overvoorde has supported Feeding America West Michigan through the sale of his artwork…

Read the full article (and for sale details), see here.


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