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About the Event

During her sabbatical in the spring of 2009, VanReeuwyk concentrated on, and produced this body of work. Its intention is to explore all the nuances and potential of sanctuary.

She writes: "I continue to discover the miraculous as I respond to God’s world and create works of art that I hope and believe allow viewers to see a small piece of God’s holiness and Sanctuary. I completely agree with Abraham Kuyper when he states, "There is not a single inch of the whole terrain of our human existence over which Christ...does not exclaim, 'Mine!'"

Calvin News Story

Read a story about the show, "Sanctuary: Hallowed Space, Holy Place," by Cloud Cray at Calvin News & Stories (January 15, 2010).

Her Sabbatical Statement

"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is." Albert Einstein

I believe that my body of work produced over the past twenty-five years of teaching is proof that I take the second stance. I continue to discover the miraculous as I respond to God's world and create works of art that I hope and believe allow viewers to see a small piece of God's holiness and Sanctuary. I completely agree with Abraham Kuyper when he states, "There is not a single inch of the whole terrain of our human existence over which Christ...does not exclaim, 'Mine!"'

"To be an artist can be about expanding the human experience with the gift of imagination - to activate not only our own imagination, but to find ways to invite the community to learn to exercise its own imagination, to honor the gift and its spark of divinity, wonderment and vision." (N. Chinn, Spaces for Spirit, 13)

Before I became a teacher I was an artist. Nancy Chinn's words have always resonated with me. Now that I am both teacher and artist I see my role as model and mentor to my education students. The best way I know how to equip the future, successful and effective teacher is to model though my own example the life of artist and teacher, each role nurturing the other. My personal teaching philosophy is based on the roles of model, mentor and collaborator. Through consistent production of our own sustaining work, we provide ourselves the inspiration, momentum and material of teaching in the arts.

 

Information

From January 6 to February 6, the Center Art Gallery at Calvin College presents Sanctuary: Hallowed Space, Holy Place, a sabbatical exhibition by Jo-Ann VanReeuwyk.

Programs

Artist Talk:

  • 4:00pm - January 21, 2010
  • Center Art Gallery

Reception and Artist Talk:

  • 6:00-7:30pm - January 29, 2010
  • Reception in Lower Gezon, followed by Artist Talk in the Gallery at 7:00pm