Cook Auditorium and East Court
Join GRAM for a reception celebrating one of Michigan’s most distinctive and unique sculptors, the late Billy Mayer (1953-2017) and his GRAM exhibition The Shape of Things. In addition to his art and design work, Mayer had a long and distinguished teaching career at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. Mayer joined the Hope faculty in 1978, and chaired the Department of Art and Art History from 1987 to 2004. Mayer challenged and inspired his students at Hope to think and create ambitiously, and his influence is still important to many of them.
Mayer’s legacy as a teacher is the focus of a panel discussion, chaired by Curator of Exhibition’s Ron Platt, that features former students and colleagues who will share their personal experience of his impact on their lives and studio practice.
Immediately following a panel discussion, guests will enjoy a cash bar and mingling with fellow art enthusiasts and colleagues.