Combat Cabin Fever: GR has much to offer!

Cultured.GR provides a varied and full list of current and upcoming sights, sounds, shows, sales, and more: all fantastic arts events to take advantage of in and around the Grand Rapids area. In the spirit of sharing and spreading the word, take a look here, and then take a visit to support and enjoy GR’s vibrant arts scene this week!

Cultured.GR “Get Cultured: Jan 12-19.” Cultured.GR (12 January 2017)


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Student Organization Spotlight: Dialogue

This past Monday evening, the Calvin College Dialogue student organization hosted a lovely gathering to celebrate the release of Dialogue Volume 49.1. Students, staff, and faculty met in the cozy Fish House space to share in the publication release, as well as enjoy poetry readings and live music from Dialogue contributors.

What is Dialogue? 


Founded in 1968, Dialogue is a journal of Calvin College undergraduate creative work that is submitted, curated, and published by students.

Dialogue publishes student work in six categories: prose, poetry, photography, visual art, music, and film. A student jury evaluates all submissions and selects the finest pieces for publication.

The student organization creates a space for, well, dialogue–a forum where arts and culture can be discussed; it’s safe grounds for Calvin creatives to share their artistic work. This year, Dialogue includes both a film and music category. Volume 49.1 submissions can be seen and listened to here.
Want to get connected? Visit the Dialogue website or Facebook page, and if you’re on campus, be sure to page through a copy of the new issue.
**image: Folded Vessel, Olivia Rozdolsky
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Calvin Faculty Media Mention: Jennifer Steensma Hoag

Calvin College Photography Professor, Jennifer Steensma Hoag, has been recently featured on the Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography‘s website for her portfolio submission to the 2016 Filter Photo Festival in Chicago.

Abe, Kyohei, “In Review 2016: Filter Photo.” Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography (3 November 2016). 

 Kyohei Abe, DCCP executive director, writes: 

As always, it was absolutely delightful to review such an amazing group of artists at the Filter Photo Festival in Chicago this year. The work is wide ranging and diverse. The photographers displayed a plethora of styles, interpretations, content, and genres of photographic exploration.

On her work and practice, Steensma Hoag shares:

In 2015 I negotiated access to photograph dioramas in various stages of being decommissioned. Using these fictional spaces to create imaginary scenes of my own, I introduced a worker wearing a white Hazmat suit, making notes of his observations.
Rachel Poliquin, in her book The Breathless Zoo, writes that “Taxidermy is deeply marked by human longing,” revealing our hopes and dreams about our place in the natural world. Broken Models refers to the deteriorating dioramas I photographed and our failed construct of the environment as one of inexhaustible resources and the resiliency to accommodate, unchanged to our abuses.

See selected works by Jennifer and read the full article here.

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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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