Skip to Navigation | Skip to Content

Exhibitions and Events


Gallery 1
Collected Clay from East to West

March 23 - April 25, 2015

Image credit: (detail) Ray Vallo, Native American - Acoma, Black Stain Hand Drawn Geometric Surface Design Vessel, ca. 1998, slip cast white clay

From March 23 - April 25, the Center Art Gallery at Calvin College presents EARTHWORK - Collected Clay from East to West, curated by Anna Greidanus, Professor of Art at Calvin College. This exhibition celebrates local collections of ceramic objects produced in Japan, England, Austrialia, Canada and the United States. It includes a unique selection of vessels that allow visitors the opportunity to consider the dynamic interplay between contemporary and traditional ways of working with clay from across the globe.  

This exhibition would not have been possible without the enthusiastic interest and support of Nicholas and Claire Wolterstorff, Aleicia and Bob Woodrick, and Steve and Alice Zawojski.

Panel Discussion and Reception

Friday, April 17 - 6pm (Center Art Gallery)
With Dr. Nicholas Wolterstorff, Noah Porter Professor of Philosophical Theology, Yale University, Joseph Becherer, Chief Curator at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Daleene Menning, Ceramic Artist and Professor of Art Emeritus, GVSU. Reception to follow in the West Lobby.


Image credit: Kei Tanimoto, Japanese, Thrown Storage Vessel with Gold Lacquer Mending, ca. 1990, wood fired stoneware


Gallery 2
Jennifer Steensma Hoag

March 23 - April 25, 2015

Image credit: Jennifer Steensma Hoag, Untitled, 2014, pigment print

From March 23 - April 25, the Center Art Gallery at Calvin College presents COMPROMISED BEAUTY, an exhibition by artist Jennifer Steensma Hoag. Jennifer's photographs of beautiful landscapes are complicated by the inclusion of figures in hazmat suits working within the scene, suggesting contamination of the environment. In this series she explores the correlation between pristine environmental beauty and perceived environmental health, and the impact of humans on the environment.

All the photographs in the exhibition are untitled pigment prints from the Compromised Beauty series. The photographs were taken on location in Michigan, Washington, Oregon and California during a sabbatical in the fall of 2013.

Thank you to Lew Klatt’s 2014 fall semester Creative Writing class who wrote the ekphrastic poems in the exhibition, and to Kendall College of Art & Design for their assistance with the printing of the photographs.

This exhibition was made possible by support from Calvin College, Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship and The Mellema Program in Western American Studies.

A special note of gratitude to Paul Hoag for his interest and active participation in this project, and for his continued support of my work - Jennifer Steensma Hoag

Artist Talk

Friday, March 27 - 1:30pm (Spoelhof 150)
Please join us in the Department of Art and Art History for this event.


Friday, March 27 - 6pm (Center Art Gallery)
Refreshments provided in the West Lobby outside the gallery.

Image credit: Jennifer Steensma Hoag, Untitled, 2014, pigment print

Upcoming Exhibitions

Take a look at the upcoming exhibition schedule for 2014-15 season.