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Charis Bio - Jo-Ann VanReeuwyk


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Jo-Ann VanReeuwyk is a tenured professor at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Heading the Art Education program, she currently also acts as co-chairperson of the Department of Art and Art History. Raised in Ontario, Canada she has spent much of her career on the West Coast.  She earned her B.A. degree at Calvin College and completed her post-graduate work at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. She recently earned a State Award for Service Learning as well as a Distinguished Service Award for the Michigan Art Education Association.  A fiber artist who is very active on a national level, her work is included in two recent traveling exhibitions:  Beyond Basketry 08, receiving the Juror’s Award and All Things Considered 08-09 of the National Basketry Organization. VanReeuwyk’s  work is also featured in Lark Book’s 500 Baskets.  She has earned the equivalency of an M.F.A. degree through her work. She is a member of Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA), the Michigan and National Art Education Associations, and the National Basketry Organization and has presented numerous papers and workshops for them.  She is also on the board of trustees for the Arts Council of Greater Grand Rapids in Michigan. Currently her work is represented by Cascade Gallery and at her studio at (106) Gallery in downtown Grand Rapids.


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Exhibition Schedule
CHARIS at the International Forum for Christian Higher Education on Critical Breakthrough
in Atlanta, Georgia
February 24-26, 2010
This conference of 1200 leaders in Christian Higher Education includes a session with CHARIS artists, a media presentation of the exhibit and onsite presentation of a portion of the artwork followed by a lunch reception at Columbia Theological Seminary in nearby Decatur to view the rest of the CHARIS exhibit.

CHARIS at Columbia Theological Seminary
in Decatur, Georgia
January 20-August 7, 2010

CHARIS is featured in the Spring 2010 Issue of Image and SEEN.

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CHARIS featured in Mosaic Newsletter

The Charis exhibit was featured in the most recent issue of MOSAIC, a newsletter put out by StoneWorks to connect creative culture makers around the world. Click here to read the four page article (in .pdf format).