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The Permanent Collection


The permanent collection of art at Calvin College consists of over 1800 works of art dating from the 16th-century to present. Early pieces are drawn from European painting and Japanese printmaking schools, while the more recent works are heavily represented by local and regional American artists. The college also collects and exhibits many works created by members of the college's alumni and faculty. In addition, a number of small specialized collections have been developed around the themes of The Prodigal Son, Light, and Japanese/Christian aritst Sadao Watanabe.

image credit above: Armand Merizon, Somewhere in Europe

Permanent Collection Gallery

The Center Art Gallery includes a gallery dedicated to displaying work from the permanent collection. During the 2016-17 season, the gallery features a selection of Armand Merizon paintings, as well as paintings, drawings and ceramics from Calvin Alumni Artists.

image credit above: Dania Grevengoed (BFA 2015), Portrait I (detail)

Permanent Collection Photo Gallery

View a selection of work in the image gallery.

The Prodigal Son Joins the Permanent Collection

In 2008-09 Larry and Mary Gerbens donated their collection of prodigal son artwork to their alma mater Calvin College. To celebrate this gift, the Calvin College Center Art Gallery held an exhibit in conjunction with the Calvin Symposium on Worship. These pieces joined the college's permanent collection and are available for loan.



To donate artwork or funds towards a piece of art for the permanent collection, please contact Betty Sanderson, Collections Manager, Registrar.