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Dordt Alumni Art Show at campus gallery

September 24, 2008

Alumni Art

Stained glass created by two Dordt College alumni is on display at the Campus Center Art Gallery on Dordt’s campus through Oct. 19.

This year’s alumni exhibit is called “Working Glass,” because several of the pieces are in-progress works illustrating the complex and exacting steps of producing works in stained glass.

Lauren Ochsner, Maurice, and Bruce Medema, Inwood, are the featured artists for the exhibit.

Lauren Ochsner attended Dordt 1973-74 and received his B.F.A degree from Kearney State College in 1976. Together with his wife, Barb, they operate Golden Prairie Art in Maurice, Iowa. For 22 years they have specialized in the matting and framing of art, and stained glass work.

One example of Ochsner’s work is the large glass and six-sided steel frame commission work created for Dordt College in 2004, which hangs outside the Hulst Library entrance. Lauren and Barb dedicated this work to their parents and their five children, who all attended Dordt College. Lauren has done many stained glass commissions for individuals, businesses, banks, and churches. His installed work can be seen locally at First Christian Reformed Church in Sioux Center, Carmel Reformed, Calvary Christian Reformed, and Dover Alliance of Orange City. His work in this exhibit include pieces from private collections and a large steel and glass dome piece, with displays of all seven steps that are part of the complicated process.

Bruce Medema graduated from Dordt in 1992, as did his wife Jodi (VandenHoek). The Medemas and their three children live in Inwood, Iowa, where he has established Medema Glassworks. After receiving his studio fine art degree from Dordt, Bruce began work at a stained glass studio in Lake Geneva, Wis. Within two years, he was offered an apprenticeship at the 100 year old company of Conrad Schmitt Studios in New Berlin, Wis., and spent nine years there learning the fundamentals of stained glass fabrication, restoration, and installation.

Alumni Art

Medema learned the art of painting on glass, which is a centuries old technique utilized in liturgical glass painting of the 19th and early 20th Century. Inspired by this unique medium, Bruce is now a freelance glass painter. While stained glass has found its truest home in liturgical settings, he believes that it can enrich and enhance any setting, evoking emotion, worship, strengthening remembrance, and binding a community.

Medema recently received a major commission to design and paint 30 new glass windows for the Saint Katherine Drexel Catholic Church in Sioux Falls, S.D., featuring scenes including the nativity and ascension of Christ. This commission is in conjunction with the Dakota Stained Glass shop in Sioux Falls. For the exhibit at Dordt, Bruce has included a number of personal works, a sampling of documentation from Conrad Schmitt Studios, and a step by step painting of the head of Christ in a proposed crucifixion center piece. Both artists share a number of the processes of glass assembly, but offer unique and complementary styles and beautiful works for this display.

The Campus Center Art Gallery on Dordt’s campus is open each day from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. The public is invited to the gallery for a workshop and demonstration of glass making technique on Thursday, Sept. 25, from 4 to 5 p.m.; and the artist reception Friday, Sept. 26, from 6 to 8 p.m.

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