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A Greater Hope A Resource for T he groundbreaking celebration for the Kruizenga Art Museum emphasized the building’s role as a resource across disciplines and for the entire Holland community and beyond. “My vision is that art museums should be lively places that bring people together. The phrase that I’ve settled on is that art museums should be a community convener,” said Dana Friis-Hansen, director of the Grand Rapids Art Museum, who was the featured speaker during the Friday, May 24, event. “And I know that that’s the philosophy behind this wonderful place,” he said. “And I predict that the Kruizenga, with its central location at an important campus crossroads, will become a lively town square where wonderful exchanges will happen that will drive creativity of all different types.” The Kruizenga Art Museum will be built on Columbia Avenue at 11th Street, immediately northwest of the De Pree Art Center, for a total project cost of $5 million including construction and a maintenance endowment goal. The museum is being developed with an emphasis on engaging faculty and students from many academic disciplines in the study and interpretation of art, and envisioned as an educational resource not only for the college but for West Michigan. It is scheduled for completion in 2015. The museum is among the initiatives of the A Greater Hope comprehensive campaign. It is being named in honor of a leadership gift from Dr. Richard ’52 and the late Margaret Feldmann ’52 Kruizenga of Dallas, Texas, and Holland, Mich. “When we started this campaign, we really wanted to do for the arts what we had done for the sciences, intercollegiate sport and some of our historic buildings,” said President James E. Bultman ’63. “What has evolved, I think, is a very nice arts corridor that we hope will be enjoyed not just by the Hope College community but by the community of Holland.” The five blocks of Columbia Avenue between 13th and Eighth streets feature a variety of arts centers in addition to the Kruizenga Art Museum and De Pree Art Center. Others include the Dow Center, which houses the All The groundbreaking ceremony for the Kruizenga Art museum on Friday, may 24, celebrated the building as an educational resource for students in all disciplines as well as for the broader community. pictured at center following the event is Dr. richard Kruizenga ’52 with his son, Derek Kruizenga (at left) and grandson, Osgood Froelich. Dr. Kruizenga and his late wife, margaret Feldmann ’52 Kruizenga, gave the lead gift for the museum, reflecting their long-time love for art and decades of involvement with Hope. A conceptual rendering of the Kruizenga Art museum, which will be built on Columbia Avenue at 11th street and is scheduled for completion in 2015. department of dance; the DeWitt Center, with the department of theatre and main theatre; and the community’s Holland Area Arts Council. In addition, the college’s new concert hall and music facility is planned for Columbia Avenue between 10th and Ninth streets. Holland Mayor Kurt Dykstra discussed the concept of “place-making”—of communities striving to distinguish themselves through unique and attractive features. “Obviously we in Holland have much of that, but this facility, this museum, will help add to the art and culture scene that already exists here in Holland with places like the Arts Council down the road, or the Holland Museum close by,” he said. The museum will provide exhibition space for the college’s extensive Permanent Collection as well as visiting exhibitions, with additional support for curation of the collection. It will complement the De Pree Art Center, which will continue to host exhibitions in addition to housing the offices and faculty and student studios of the department of art. The museum’s architect is Matt VanderBorgh ’84 of The Hague, The Netherlands, who is director of C Concept Design, which has developed projects in 19 countries on four continents. Leadership guidance for advance programmatic planning has been provided by Donald Battjes ’68 of Los Angeles, Calif., who is retired from a career in corporate facilities and real estate administration, most recently as chief of operations and facility planning with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Work across the summer months will focus on the museum site, including transformation of the former 11th Street into a pedestrian walkway between Columbia and Lincoln avenues. Earlier in the week, the college removed Gringhuis and Sligh cottages, whose lots will be part of the art museum site. More information, including a gallery of images from the groundbreaking, is available online. hope.edu/pr/campusdev/museumproject3.html] June June 2012 2013 17
A Resource for All
The groundbreaking celebration for the Kruizenga Art Museum emphasized the building’s role as a resource across disciplines and for the entire Holland community and beyond.
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