The Center Art Gallery welcomes members of the Calvin community this semester. We continue to be an active space for classes, scholarship, and art appreciation as we celebrate our students and exhibiting artists. Enjoy our exhibitions masked and at a safe distance, M&F, 9 AM – 6 PM, T-Th, 9 AM – 9 PM.  

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Beauty by Design

An exhibition of solo and collaborative work by metalsmiths David Barnhill and David Huang
On view August 25 – November 5

“Beauty by Design”: a phrase that encompasses much of what we are seeking to do both with our solo work and our collaborative pieces.

Artists David Barnhill and David Huang have been collaborating for several years on their “Layered Resplendence” series of mokume gane (mixed metal laminate) vessels. In this collaboration, Barnhill fuses the billets and creates wonderful patterns within the sheets of mokume gane. The artistic challenge for Huang is to then study these patterns to find the inspiration suggesting what form the vessel needs to be, and then what chased design will work with all the visual elements to accentuate the whole piece further. In this way, both Barnhill and Huang’s voices combine together with the voice of the metal to create something new, and hopefully wonderful.

Barnhill shares, “I have always enjoyed viewing things close up…surfaces take on a whole new topography. Incredible new details emerge. Everything appears as “hidden” wonders. My work is witness to those hidden worlds working in tandem with my own imagination. I draw my own inspiration mostly from forms and patterns taken from a wide spectrum of biology: diatoms, plankton, invertebrates and insects, as well as from plants, seeds, flowers and pollen.”

Huang shares, “For my part of this collaboration I strive to create works that beg to be held and glow with an inner light. Like most of my solo work, these vessels are about things I treasure; the natural, sensual world, skilled labor, timeless beauty, and the inner spirit made visible.”

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David Barnhill began studying mokume gane in 1999 while at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. He went on to receive his MFA from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2009. David’s research work centers on solid state diffusion bonding as it applies to mokume gane. His work has been shown throughout the US and in Japan, and is collected by individuals across the globe.

David Huang was born, raised,trained, and is currently living in the Western Michigan region. Working as a full-time artist since 2003, David is represented by galleries around the US. His work has been featured in Metalsmith Magazine, American Craft, and numerous other books and publications.     

Artist Talks and Programming: October 14, 2021 

  • 11:30 am: Chemistry Seminar with Barnhill and Huang, Science Building 110
  • 3:30 pm: Engineering Seminar with Barnhill and Huang, Covenant Fine Arts Center Recital Hall
  • 4:30 pm: Beauty by Design Opening Reception and Arts Senior Seminar tour, Center Art Gallery

All events are open to the public. 

Images: Top: Simplicity Complexity, David Barnhill. Above, right: Luminosity #1792, David Huang. Above, left: Luminous Relic 1804, David Huang

Also on View: Selections from the Permanent Collection

Highlighting work from the Donna Spaan Collection of Contemporary Art

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2020 and 2021 Senior BA and BFA Virtual Exhibitions

The Calvin University Department of Visual and Performing Arts is honored to present the work and talent of Calvin's Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts graduates from the class of 2020 and 2021.

The 2020 BFA graduates include: James Andrew Gilbert, Anna Heinen, Amy Smith, Christine Vermeer

The 2020 BA graduates include: Emily Cooke, Sierra Jorritsma, Jaimie Kuiper, Brittany Postma (BA, Art Education); Elise Allen, Madyson Ellinger, Taylor Jensen, Morkor Quarshie, Emily Reed, Parker Roeda, Joyia Talley, Danni Tran, Abigail Van Kooten, Emmanuella Crevier, Griffin Sparling

The 2021 BFA graduates include: Kiki Liu, Emily Pilarski, Esther Yang

The 2021 BA graduates include: Samantha Ballast, Summer Cheng, Sheri Davis, Erin Fankhauser, Lucas Haan, Grace Im,  Anna Lobbes, Peyton Masselink, Marissa Ouwinga (BA, Art Education), Carlos Salas, Shaeffer Smith, Emma Tongue, Mabel Uhl, Mia Van Hofwegen, Grace Yang

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