Hope College plans $5M Kruizenga Art Museum


Hope College announced Friday that it's planning a new art museum to provide exhibition space and house the college's permanent collection.

A groundbreaking for the Kruizenga Art Museum in Holland is planned for May 24 at a site northwest of the DePree Art Center. The project is expected to cost $5 million, including construction and a maintenance endowment, and is scheduled for completion in 2015.

Work this summer will focus on the museum site, including the removal of two cottages that had served as student housing and an adjacent parking lot.

The school also announced that the museum's director will be Charles Mason, who is currently the executive director of the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena, Calif. He plans to start work July 1, focusing on program development in advance of the museum's opening.

The museum is being named in honor of a gift from Dr. Richard Kruizenga and the late Margaret Kruizenga. They both graduated from the college in 1952, and Richard Kruizenga was a member of the college's Board of Trustees from 1984 to 1996.

"The Kruizengas' support reflects both their long-time love for art, developed across their lives as they lived in locations across the U.S. as well as in Australia, Malaysia and Japan, and their decades of involvement with Hope," the school said in a statement.

The museum is designed by 1984 Hope College graduate Matt VanderBorgh and is being developed with an emphasis on engaging faculty and students from across academic disciplines in the study and interpretation of art. The museum also will host visiting exhibitions.

The DePree Art Center will continue to host exhibitions in addition to housing the offices and faculty and student studios of the department of art.

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