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Dordt alumni art show at Dordt College

June 10, 2008

Alumni Art

Nearly 100 pieces of artwork created by Dordt College alumni are on exhibit in the Campus Center Art Gallery in Sioux Center throughout the summer months. The work of forty-four past students is represented in this summer exhibition by artists who have graduated from Dordt in the past 16 years. The work being shown has been purchased by the art department or was donated to the college by the artists.

Several original prints were selected for the show as a small representation of more than 500 prints produced in printmaking classes at Dordt College each spring semester. Of particular note are the color printmaking examples which require exacting image construction, multiple matrixes of different colors, and critical registration.

Printmaking techniques displayed include intaglio etching, woodcut or linocut relief prints, silkscreen prints, and lithographs from stone. The stone lithograph technique is accomplished by offsetting from special limestone that was once used commercially at the turn of the century. Twenty of these special limestones were acquired from Morningside College in 2006, extending the printmaking options for art majors, allowing the production of rich tonal ranges and color options.

A hand engraved litho stone bearing commercially printed forms is also on display, along with a wide range of ceramic work in stoneware, porcelain, and raku clay.

Sculpture construction methods for the pieces include wheel, hand built, and hollow sculpture, in a variety of both small and large scale sculptural works. Large scale clay sculptures were made using the same techniques for construction used on “The Gift” made by Professor Jake Van Wyk, on permanent display on campus since its’ installation in 1994. Carol (Vaandragger) Christians assisted on the installation of “The Gift” and produced “Her Revealed” the following semester as an independent study with Van Wyk. It is on semi-permanent loan to the art department.

Other media include photography, drawing, painting, and graphic design.

Artists with work included in the show are Matt Berkenpas, Jennifer DeVries, Aaron Huisman, Amanda Locke, Mallory McConnell, Amanda Niewenhuis, Caryn Nydam, David Schierbeek, Lindsey Shearer, and Randi Unverzagt (Class of ’08); Ginelle Bakker, Katie Dekens, Joanna Esselink, Rob Haan, Maggie (Mellema) Hagey, Rebecca Postma, Lauralee Stel, and Nicole Vandenberg (Class of ’07); Joshua DeGroot, Tara (Warolin) Kraayenbrink, Ray Persenaire, and Adam Wilkenson (Class of ’06); Sonja Eenigenburg and Sara Prins (Class of ’05); Tatyana (Tioukanova) Miller (Class of ’04); Mandy (Allen) Ives, June (Oelmann) Brands, Sara (Blom) Mulder, and (Class of ’03); Michael Contant, Rebecca (Hathaway) Dirkson, and Eric Van Wyk (Class of ’02); Sam Gutierrez, and Emily Hutten (Class of 2000); Laryn Bakker, Christine (Phillips) Bruin, and Justin Vandenberg (Class of ’98); Carol (Vandragger) Christians (Class of ’96); Jacco De Vin and Jeremy Thompson (Class of ’95); Ben Meyer (Class of ’94); Vanessa (Kok) Bartels (Class of ’93); and Bruce Medema (Class of ’92).

The current display was scheduled in conjunction with major changes in the art facilities, which necessitated a complete evacuation from the classroom building studios and display areas. All archived art in the department collection had to be cataloged and moved, and in the process works were selected for exhibition that have been on display or in storage for a number of years. The art department classroom facilities are being upgraded and expanded, as well as centralized around a core of additional display areas. Current art offices are also being renovated with excellent work areas, upgraded lighting, storage, and safety features. New spaces are scheduled to open in the fall of 2009.

The Campus Center Art Gallery is open every day from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Dordt College offers art degrees with five different emphases: fine arts studio, graphic design, art history, teaching art, or pre-architecture.

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