Dordt College News

Art exhibit features Hydeen, Kunnari work

October 9, 2006

Kunnari and Hydeen

The art exhibit, “Pictures Through an Open Window,” will be presented in Dordt College’s Classroom Building Art Gallery Oct. 9-31, open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

The art exhibit features the work of Erika Hydeen and Matt Kunnari, both Dordt College alumni. Public receptions for the artists and their show are Thursday, Oct. 12, at 3:30 and 7 p.m. The artists will briefly discuss their work, which includes painting, batik, assemblages and a collaborative work of art.

Both say this show is a response to mission experiences they have had abroad.

Hydeen spent a year in Norway and two months in South Africa with YWAM (Youth With A Mission), and plans to someday return to a mission field. She graduated from Dordt in 2005 with a major in art and a K-12 art education endorsement. She is currently living in Orange City, where she also has work exhibited at De Koffie Hoek.

Kunnari graduated in 2006 with three art major emphases: graphic design, art history and fine arts. He is originally from Minneapolis, but now living in Sioux Center, where he manages the Humble Bean Coffee Shop on the campus at Dordt College. Kunnari went on several mission trips during his college years, and spent two months in Uganda, South Africa, working with Wycliffe Translators.

Kunnari said his mission experiences have given him greater respect for people of all ages and backgrounds. “You also learn things about yourself through mission work and being away from family and friends,” added Hydeen. Through work created before, during and after their mission trips, the “Pictures Through an Open Window” exhibit hopes to express the revelations they encountered while out on a mission field.

Some of the original artwork will be available for purchase.

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