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Chris Stoffel Overvoorde: A Life in Art

June 20 through September 7, 2003


Chris Stoffel Overvoorde: A Life in Art is a retrospective exhibition that traces the development of this local artist and Calvin College professor from his early years in the Netherlands to his most recent work.

Chris Stoffel Overvoorde: A Life in Art looks at 40 years of artwork by one of the area's foremost artists. Overvoorde began his career in Rotterdam, The Netherlands while working as a diesel mechanic. Unsatisfied with his profession, he immigrated to the United States where he studied art at Kendall College of Art and Design and the University of Michigan. In 1966, he began to teach at Calvin College and today continues to be active as Professor of Art Emeritus. (right: Chris Stoffel Overvoorde, Dutch-American, b.1934, Fields and Dunes, 1978, oil on canvas, Collection of Chris Overvoorde)

A multidimensional artist, Overvoorde works with equal passion and dexterity in both painting and printmaking to create compelling abstract and figurative work, and both small and large scale landscape paintings. These pieces combine as one lifelong investigation and celebration of the spiritual life. Chris Stoffel Overvoorde: A Life in Art opened June 20 and will be on view through September 7, 2003.

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