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Robin Jensen Collection



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Robin Jensen Collection, 1962-1994 | Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

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Title: Robin Jensen Collection, 1962-1994Add to your cart.

ID: COLL/144

Primary Creator: Robin Jensen (1929-)

Extent: 2.0 Boxes

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Professor of art at Calvin College. The collection includes: articles, pamphlets, books, cartoons, catalogues, prints, photographs, and other publications designed and illustrated by him.

Biographical Note

Artist and art educator, Robert “Robin” A. Jensen’s approaches his life and art through his philosophy of “Jauntin.” Jauntin is defined as, “a life journey, full of creative adventures, glorifying growth and wonderful surprises.” Jensen’s inspiration is drawn from comic books; superheroes, science fiction, and most importantly jazz.

Jensen attended Ohio University for his undergraduate and graduate career. It was at the university where Jensen was first exposed to jazz where he expressed it as a “happy and groovy life with creative freedom (improvisation) and new discoveries.” These elements were greatly influential in his art creation. After receiving his M.F.A in 1952, he joined the United States Air Force as an artist/illustrator. While stationed in Florida he met his bride-to-be Ellinore.

Jensen earned his teacher’s certificate and taught high school art for two years. He joined Calvin College’s faculty in 1964 as professor of art. He served Calvin College until his retirement in 1995. In honor of his retirement, Jensen was featured in Calvin College’s art gallery with his own exhibition, entitled Drawin’ Away. Although retired he continued to create art as well as teach the occasional art class.

Another passion of Jensen is bicycling. Bicycling is at times even a subject in this artwork. Jensen has also entered and won art competitions. His art has also entered the public sphere a number of times; including works showcased at libraries, churches, and parks.

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Folder 1: "Robin Jensen," article by Mary Gerard for Art 325, Western Michigan UniversityAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Two articles by R. Jensen on "Jaunt," his sculpture on the College Campus, two photosAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Article by R. Jensen on the sculpture, Spark --- February 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Pamphlet on Departmental Banners, including the design of each department with and explanation of its meaning.Add to your cart.
Folder 5: "Picto-jauntin' with Robin" --- 1986Add to your cart.

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