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Charis: Boundary Crossings

October 13, 2009

the oblation The Oblation by Emmanuel Garibay               Copyright 2009 Charis Art Exhibit

October 28 to December 4, 2009
Metcalf Gallery: Modelle Metcaf Visual Arts Center
Exhibit Hours:
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Saturday

Charis (from the Greek for gift or grace) is an international traveling art exhibit of 40-45 works by 7 Asian and 7 North American artists. Emphasizing interaction and experience, the artwork includes paintings, sculptures, assemblage, fiber constructions, installation, and video projections.

A 100 page color catalogue has been published in conjunction with the exhibit, and can be bought online by clicking here.

Artists Emmanuel Garibay and Roger Feldman will be on the Taylor Campus, along with Jeremy Begbie, renowned expert on theology and the arts, and Stefan Eicher, Taylor University alum and founder of Reflection Gallery in New Delhi. One of the sponsors, Joan Gilkinson, will also have her non-western art collection showcased at Taylor University, in the Alspaugh Dining Room.

One key opportunity for the community from this exhibit is the construction of a large-scale interactive piece by Charis artist Roger Feldman.  Roger calls his work an “experiential metaphor”  and he will collaborate with students, faculty, and community members from October 26 to November 1 to create Water and Oil, a work about economic and cultural conflicts in society, from his Pivots collection.  Other students will be working to create a documentary to capture Taylor’s response to this artistic expression, collaboration, and creation.  Many other classes and students will also be working with these special guests on various projects.

The exhibit will travel to 8-10 venues across North America before heading to Asia in 2012.

More information on the exhibit, the artists, the guest speakers, and the events can be found by perusing this site.  We invite any student, faculty, staff, community member, visitor, and/or art lover to visit this site often, and to comment about their experience with the exhibit.

Charis is curated by Rachel Hostetter Smith, with the assistance of Jo-Ann Van Reeuwyk and Joel Zwart

Cosponsored by the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities and the Nagel Institute of Calvin College

Major support from:

The Crowell Trust
Walter and Darlene Hansen
Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship
John and Mary Loeks
The Joan L. and Robert C. Gilkison Family Foundation
Traveling with assistance from Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA)


3 Comments leave one →
  1. Josh permalink
    November 19, 2009 6:57 pm

    I really enjoyed the exhibit especially the Karamat piece by David Hooker. It was interesting to see how the effects of western culture has made impacts on even countries who have held onto some of the older traditions food offerings with the bamboo platters and contrast that to the cheese cracker boxes imported from America.

  2. Jonathan Formby permalink
    December 3, 2009 10:58 pm

    I also enjoyed the Karamat piece by David Hooker. However my favorite was the Pivot piece which caused me to consider the lives of teh majority of the world which lives on less than 2 dollars per day as compared to the American life. We live a lavish life. I don’t believ ethat we should feel guilty for our blessing but I do think that we should always try to be grateful. Lately I have been trying to thank God more for the things I have and it has caused me to be more satisfied in life.

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