Hope exhibit to feature paintings of campus

Even after more than 40 years on the Hope College art faculty, Bruce McCombs finds new ways to see the campus - not only the latest additions, but familiar landmarks as well. McCombs' perspective will be shared in "Hope College Architecture: An Exhibition of Watercolors,' which will open in the gallery of the college's De Pree Art Center on Friday, Oct. 14.
Oct 10, 2011


The exhibition will feature more than 30 paintings by McCombs. It will begin with a reception in the gallery from 5-6 p.m. Friday. McCombs will also give an artist talk in the De Pree Art Center at 4:30 p.m.

The public is invited to the exhibition, the reception and the artist talk. Admission is free.

The opening is conjunction with the college’s Homecoming Weekend, and will continue through Nov. 18.

It is the third time in the past 10 years that the gallery has presented a solo exhibition of a series of paintings of the campus by McCombs. The gallery also featured his work in the fall of 2002 and 2005.

His watercolors fit into the photo-realist tradition. The works are not “views” in the traditional sense of visual records of the buildings; rather, they are excerpted details and surprising perspectives, sometimes of small or inconspicuous minutiae.

A member of the Hope faculty since 1969, McCombs actively displays his prints and paintings throughout the country and around the world. His work has been procured by many permanent collections both nationally and internationally.

The De Pree Art Center is located at 160 E. 12th St. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 1-5 p.m. Sundays, although the hours may be reduced during breaks and holidays.


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