Dordt College News

Hilden, Gutierrez art featured at Campus Center gallery

February 7, 2007

Two Dordt College alumni, Chloe Hilden and Sam Gutierrez, are the featured artists in an exhibit at the Campus Center Art Gallery Feb. 6-March 4. A reception for these featured artists will be Saturday, Feb. 17, at 6:30 p.m., with the artists speaking briefly at 7 p.m.


Chloe Hilden earned a Fine Arts degree at Dordt in 2002, with emphases in photography and sculpture. Now a resident of Robbinsdale, MN, Hilden says she will be showing a series she created in anticipation of her first child. This grouping considers the attributes of God in the context of the alphabet, to visually “combine elementary lessons with the profound.” Hilden is also exhibiting macro photography images of flowers, which explore color and shape.

“This has been my primary photographic focus since graduating,” says Hilden. “I enjoy capturing and celebrating the everyday details of life in new and inspiring ways through abstracted representation.” Hilden also serves occasionally as an artist-in-residence with COMPAS, an organization that promotes art in schools and communities throughout Minnesota. She is a member and membership coordinator of the Robbin Gallery, a small member-run gallery in Robbinsdale.


Sam Gutierrez earned his degree in art in 2000, and for the past four years has been a campus ministry assistant and resident director at Dordt College. Next year he plans to attend Western Theological Seminary in Holland, MI.

Gutierrez primarily does sculpture, painting, and relief printmaking. He describes his work in this show as more playful than a collection exhibited in 2004.

“Many of the prints in the new show are about exploring color and shapes,” says Gutierrez. The compilation includes everything from human faces, machines and water towers, to angels and devils. “Some of the works do explore serious issues such as the positive and negative influence of mass media, mental illness, and the relational effects of the Fall,” says Gutierrez in summarizing the eclectic grouping of work.

The Campus Center Art Gallery is open every day from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and the public is invited to view the free exhibitions and attend the receptions.

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