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(106) Gallery and Studio: Exhibitions and Events


The Photography of Tom Olin

April 10 - June 14, 2015

The Calvin College Department of Art and Art History is proud to present ACCESS IS A CIVIL RIGHT, in conjunction with the DisArt Festival. The exhibition features the photography of activist and photojournalist Tom Olin, who has been documenting the disability civil rights movement for nearly 40 years. Included are images of marches and demonstrations for the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act/ADA (signed into law in 1990 by President George H.W. Bush), as well as countless others in support of curb cuts, access to public transportation, and independent living for disabled persons.

"Festival Aims to Change Perception of Disability" - Calvin New & Stories, February 11, 2015

Opening Reception, DisArt Festival Kickoff & Art.Downtown - 6-9pm
Friday, April 10

Celebrate the kickoff of the city-wide DisArt Festival by attending the opening of ACCESS IS A CIVIL RIGHT at the (106) Gallery. This event is coupled with Avenue for the Art's Art.Downtown, featuring several hundred artists showing in galleries, businesses and studio spaces throughout downtown Grand Rapids.  Refreshments served.


Top: Tom Olin, March on Washington DC, photograph, 1990
Middle: Tom Olin, Justin Dart, photograph, 1990

Petra Kuppers Book Reception - 7:30-9pm
Friday, April 10

(106) Gallery is also pleased to host artist, activist, and author Petra Kuppers for a one-night exhibition and book reception, featuring Kupper's STUDYING DISABILITY ARTS and CULTURE, PalgraveMacmillan, 2014. Video selections from Kupper’s THE SALAMANDER PROJECT, by the Olimpias Disability Culture Collective, will also be on view in the lower level.

Gallery Talk - 10-11am
Saturday, April 11

Photojournalist Tom Olin joins curator Dr. Elizabeth VanArragon of the
Calvin department of Art and Art History for a gallery talk in
conjunction with the exhibition ACCESS IS A CIVIL RIGHT: the
Photography of Tom Olin.

These events are made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

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Links to Faculty at (106) South Division


About Us

Located at 106 South Division Avenue, this facility is operated by the Calvin College Department of Art and Art History and houses faculty studios and a gallery. Exhibitions embrace faculty, student and community artwork.

The 106 building also houses artist lofts and is part of the Avenue for the Arts project in downtown Grand Rapids, initiated by Dwelling Place
(read press release).


(106) Gallery and Studio
106 South Division Ave.
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Gallery Hours

Wednesday: 1pm-9pm
Thursday: 1pm-6pm
Friday: 1pm-6pm