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Curator of Charis exhibit speaking at Dordt College Nov. 18

November 14, 2011

The Dordt College Campus Center and the entryway of the Ribbens Academic Complex are filled with the artwork of the Charis exhibit, a collection of artwork created by artists from Asia and North America whose collaborative efforts exemplify the beauty of cross-cultural understanding.

On Friday, November 18, Charis curator and project director Dr. Rachel Hostetter-Smith will present an art history lecture titled “Washing Away the Dust of Everyday Life: Considering the Vocation of Art.” Her presentation will address the questions, “What is the purpose of art?” and “How do we view its purpose from a Christian perspective?” The presentation begins at 4:15 p.m. in the Ribbens Academic Complex lecture hall (CL 1148).

A Charis exhibition reception will follow from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Campus Center Art Gallery. A presentation and discussion will be held at 6 p.m.

Rachael Hostetter-Smith is a Gilkison professor of art history at Taylor University in Indiana where she has served as chair of the art department for many years. Before joining Taylor in 1998, she was on the graduate faculty of the School of Comparative Arts at Ohio University. She earned her doctorate from Indiana University with specializations in Italian renaissance, medieval, and Asian art. Hostetter-Smith worked as a graphic designer and in book publishing early in her career and has curated several exhibitions, including East Meets West: Asian Art in Michigan Collections. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA) and is chair of the publications board that oversees the journal SEEN.
 

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