Artist Collaborative Cohort group exhibition: Fri, March 3, 7pm, Ladies’ Literary Club

The Calvin College Department of Art & Art History is proud to present a group exhibition featuring the work of the Calvin College Artist Collaborative Cohorts. This body of work showcases the creative output generated by three cohorts of first and second year students who are interested in the arts, collaboration, and leadership. Enjoy refreshments and live music while taking in the student’s 2-D, 3-D, and film work, much of which is inspired by the cohorts’ study abroad trips to Indonesia.

When: Friday, March 3, 7-9:30 pm
Where: Ladies’ Literary Club, 61 Sheldon Blvd SE
This event is sponsored by The Calvin College Department of Art & Art History and is held in collaboration with Avenue for the Arts’ First Fridays: March 3rd, 2017 event:

For more information on the Artist Collaborative Exhibition, see here:
And for more information on the Artist Collaborative Cohort, see here:

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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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