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Charis Bio - Joel Zwart


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Joel Zwart is Director of Exhibitions at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan where he oversees the Center Art Gallery on campus and the (106) Gallery downtown. He also directs other college-related exhibitions and manages the college’s permanent collection of over 1,500 pieces of artwork. Zwart graduated from Calvin College in 1997 with a B.A. in history and emphasis in art and french, and earned an M.A. in historical administration from Eastern
Illinois University in 2000.  Recent exhibitions curated and juried include The Father and His Two Sons – images of the Prodigal Son from the Larry and Mary Gerbens Collection, Beauty of the Spirit: Paintings and Illustrations by Kadir Nelson, and Between Nature and Nationality: The Hague School in the Nineteenth Century.  Zwart also served as onsite curator for the international traveling exhibition Petra: Lost City of Stone at Calvin College in 2005 and is juror of the forthcoming Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA) traveling exhibition Curse of Calling? At Work in God’s World.  He currently serves as president of the Grand Rapids Gallery Association and is an active member on a number of arts related committees.


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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).