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Exhibitions and Events


Gallery 1
A Traveling Exhibition Out of South Africa

January 9 - March 7, 2015

Sponsored by The Nagel Institute for World Christianity & the The Calvin Institute for Christian Worship

Image credit: Jonathan Anderson, Robben Island, B-Section, 2013, oil on canvas

From January 9 - March 7, the Center Art Gallery at Calvin College presents BETWEEN THE SHADOW AND THE LIGHT: A Traveling Exhibition Out of South Africa. In June 2013, ten North American and ten African artists gathered in South Africa to wrestle with the five issues that confront artists in that community. Combining many forms and mediums of art, this exhibition is a product of these artists and their experience.

Please check out the introductory video, and for more information on the exhibition and a schedule for bookings, visit the website.

Gallery Talk and Reception

Thursday, January 29 - 6pm (Center Art Gallery)
With Jo-Ann VanReeuwyk, Joel Carpenter, Margaret Allotey-Pappoe, Katherine Sullivan
Reception to follow in the West Lobby with refreshments.

Calvin Symposium on Worship

Thursday, January 29 - Saturday, January 31
The Worship Symposium brings many opportunities to discuss art, and the integration of worship. Jo-Ann VanReeuwyk and Margaret Allotey-Pappoe will be presenters during the Worship Symposium. For information on their sessions, please visit the Worship Symposium website or consult the program.


Image credit: Charles Nkomo, Moment by Moment, 2013, acrylic on canvas


Gallery 2
sacred word into sacred object
Linda Ekstrom

January 9 - March 7, 2015

Image credit: Linda Ekstrom, Around, 2010, altered Bible

From January 9 - March 7, the Center Art Gallery at Calvin College presents RE-BINDING sacred word into sacred object, an exhibition by artist Linda Ekstrom. Linda's work is anchored in the book, the book as cultural and symbolic object, and as a container of history, narrative and memory. Through the activity of deconstructing text, she seeks to find new meaning through the visual forms of sculpture.

Artist Statement
The altered Bibles admittedly blend reverence with ambivalence. They are no longer books operationally, but are transformed to function symbolically, expanding our thinking about the Bible. A tension exists in wanting to retain readability. Usually the shredded and tangled lines remain bound at the spine even though scrambled. The text columns twist into a continuum of twine, or the spheres suggest that they could be unwound to be read. It’s all there twisted, rolled, tucked under and pressed down, even though only bits of words and isolated letters seem to be remaining. In the end an essence of words remains to be taken in through the experience of the senses, in visual and tactile methods of reading. Therefore, the altered Bibles also follow within the tradition of religious iconography as the transformation of sacred word into sacred object. As a symbolic form the Bibles defy rational ways of understanding. Instead the viewer experiences the sacred word in a visual whole of outward appearance.


Thursday, January 29 - 6pm (Center Art Gallery)
Refreshments provided.

Image credit: Linda Ekstrom, Pursed, 2010, altered Bible

Upcoming Exhibitions

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