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Chris Stoffel Overvoorde Collection

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Documents for Project: "Stories of Faith"

Letters to the Netherlands

National Christian Multicultural Student Leaders Conference

Calvin College Multicultural Year

Correspondence

Miscellaneous

Addendum



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Collection Overview

Title: Chris Stoffel Overvoorde Collection, 1938-2008

ID: COLL/188

Primary Creator: Chris Stoffel Overvoorde (1934-2019)

Extent: 17.0 Boxes

Arrangement: Folder level description

Abstract

Professor of art at Calvin College. The collection includes research materials for the booklet Stories of Faith: Fifteen Heroes of Calvin College and the Christian Reformed Church; research materials for resident hall paintings; correspondence; materials from serving on various committees, i.e., Calvin College multicultural, Dutch Immigration Society, American Bicentennial heritage celebration, and Graafschap Christian Reformed Church Heritage Center; photographs; articles; presentations; artwork inventory; design projects; sketches; awards; and materials on exhibitions. [See also the Campus Titles Database.]

Biographical Note

Chris Stoffel Overvoorde was born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands on November 24, 1934. Before becoming the artist and art professor, he is known as today, Overvoorde attended Technical Schools and eventually the Royal Technicum PBNA to pursue a career path as a diesel engineer. In 1957, Overvoorde immigrated to the United States as diesel engineer. However, in 1961 he enrolled in Kendall School of Design to pursue visual design. He went on to the University of Michigan earning his B.S.D. degree in 1964 and his M.F.A. degree in 1966.

A big year came to Overvoorde in 1966; he not only became a U.S. citizen, but also became faculty of the Calvin College Art department. He started out as an instructor of art and eventually made his way to associate professor of art. He also served as director of exhibitions and chair of the Art Department.

Overvoorde is also known for his personal works of art. He has worked as a painter, printmaker, muralist, graphic designer, and stage designer. His work can be found in both public and private collections. His work has been involved in competitions and exhibitions. Four of Overvoorde’s paintings, depicting Dutch contributions to American life and culture, had made its way to Washington D.C. in 1976.  The four paintings were displayed at the Great Hall of Commerce.

On a personal level, Overvoorde is married to Greta Duifhuis. Together they have four children. He has served as a deacon and treasurer for the Christian Reformed Church. He has served his community by being a board member of the Grand Rapids Art Museum and a chairman for the Municipal Art Advisory Commission of Grand Rapids. Overvoorde reach emeritus status and retired in 1997.

Administrative Information

Repository: Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

Access Restrictions: ***PARTIAL RESTRICTION (boxes 3-4, 8-9)

Processing Information: Series 7 is composed of materials that were added to the collection in 2019.


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Documents for Project: "Stories of Faith"],
[Series 2: Letters to the Netherlands, 1957-1986],
[Series 3: National Christian Multicultural Student Leaders Conference, 2000-2001],
[Series 4: Calvin College Multicultural Year, 1996-1997],
[Series 5: Correspondence, 1961-1995],
[Series 6: Miscellaneous, 1938-2014],
[Series 7: Addendum],
[All]

Series 6: Miscellaneous --- 1938-2014
Box 13
Folder 2: Resume
Folder 3: Artwork
Folder 4: Class notebook, University of Michigan --- 1965
Folder 5: Material re: sixty years of Dutch landscapes exhibit --- 1972
Folder 6: Art show programs, Reformed Journal cover --- 1972
Folder 7: Minutes of the D.I.S. Bicentennial Committee --- 1975
Folder 8: Material re: 17th century Dutch navigation art exhibit --- 1976
Folder 9: Municipal Art Advisory Commission minutes --- 1978
Folder 10: Artist in residency Report (sabbatical) --- 1984-1985
Folder 11: Material re: La Grave Christian Reformed Church Centennial Celebration --- 1986
Folder 12: Art show programs, articles, etc. --- 1988
Folder 13: Boeve Retirement Celebration material --- 1990
Folder 14: News clippings, exhibition programs, etc. --- 1990
Folder 15: Photographs of Stories of Faith Reception
Box 14
Folder 1: Conference material, programs, etc. --- 1991
Folder 2: Sabbatical journals, show programs, etc --- 1993
Folder 3: Trips to Alberta --- 1993-1994
Folder 4: Material re: Prairie Visions Presentation --- 1994-1995
Folder 5: Exhibits and other events --- 1996
Folder 6: Exhibits and other events --- 1997
Folder 7: Exhibits and other events --- 1998
Folder 8: News clippings
Folder 9: Photographs of art studio and portraits of Christian Reformed leaders
Folder 10: Miscellaneous material --- 1999
Folder 11: Miscellaneous material --- 2000
Box 15
Folder 1: Cover art
Folder 2: Brochures, booklets, exhibits
Folder 3: Designs for campaigns, bulletins, organizations
Folder 4: Bicentennial project --- 1976
Folder 5: Brochures - Senior, BFA, and Alumni Art Exhibits
Folder 6: Baroque Festival Year --- 1982
Folder 7: Lecture, "Modern Printmaking" --- 1992
Folder 8: Correspondence --- 1983-1993
Folder 9: Central Art Gallery
Folder 10: Central Art Gallery Exhibits
Folder 11: Postcards
Box 16
Folder 1: Correspondence with family members --- 1955-2003
Folder 2: Correspondence --- 1993-2007
Folder 3: Window design project for Hope CRC --- 2005
Folder 4: Presentations made --- 2003-2006
Folder 5: Inventory lists of artwork --- 2001-2005
Folder 6: Periodical articles --- 1994, 1999, 2001
Folder 7: Thank you notes --- 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007
Folder 8: Thank you notes --- 1997, 2000, 2003-2005, 2007, 2008
Folder 9: Minutes and related material re: Graafschap CRC Heritage Center Project --- 2000-2007
Box 17
Folder 1: Appointment book --- 1957
Folder 2: Sketches --- 1960
Folder 3: Sketches --- 1958
Folder 4: Sketches --- 1963
Folder 5: Life insurance documents for Johannes Overvoorde --- 1938, 1970
Folder 6: Material re: Grand Rapids Art Museum --- 2000-2005
Folder 7: Civa Codex2 Project material --- undated
Folder 8: Awards --- 2003, 2006, 2007
Folder 9: Artwork marketed by Eyekons --- 2004
Folder 10: Material re: Artist in Residency - Forest Hills Fine Arts Center --- 2005
Folder 11: Exhibits in Governor's Executive Offices --- 2003
Folder 12: Presentation of History of Painting: From Generation to Generation --- 2007
Folder 13: Interview with C. Johannes (father) --- 1994
Folder 14: Trip journals --- 1995, 1997
Folder 15: Workshop, "Unleashing Christ's Light" --- 2003
Folder 16: Art Gallery Exhibition material --- 2002, 2007
Folder 17: "Art to the Glory of God" by Jon Barber --- 2010
Folder 18: Correspondence --- (2008-2014)
Folder 19: "Art as a Community" --- 2006
Folder 20: Dialogue - "Prairie Visions" --- -1994
Folder 21: Contracts --- (2006-2014)
Folder 22: Grand Rapids Art Museum Exhibits and Speeches --- (2010-2014)
Folder 23: Wheaton CRC - Pulpit Furnishing --- 2007
Folder 24: "A Life in Art"  Exhibition --- 2003
Folder 25: Retrospective Exhibit - Forest Hills Fine Arts Center --- 2008
Box 18
Folder 1: "The Journal of a Christian Artist" - Speech --- (2009-2010)
Folder 2: Exhibitions and Events --- (2007-2010)
Folder 3: Exhibitions and Events --- (2011-2014)
Folder 4: Presentations --- (2008-2014)
Folder 5: Armand Merizon Legacy --- (2008, 2010)
Folder 6: Biographical Information and Articles --- (1998-2013)
Folder 7: Bunker Interpretative Center "Delight in God's Creation" --- 2008
Folder 8: Invoices Ed Hutchinson --- 1964
Folder 9: Calvin Fine Arts Center - Banners/Floral --- (2007-2009)
Folder 10: "Prophets, Priests, Kings" Woodcuts --- 2011
Folder 11: "Twenty-Five Years as an American Artist" --- 1986
Folder 12: Woodlawn CRC Presentations --- (2009, 2013)
Folder 13: Presentation - First Reformed Church Holland --- 2011
Folder 14: "The Fabrics of Our Lives - Learning from Textiles" --- 2009
Folder 15: "The Role of the Christian Artist" Kuyper College --- 2009
Folder 16: "Edge of the Prairie Exhibition" --- 2007
Folder 17: CALL Classes --- (2010-2011)
Folder 18: "Who is My Neighbor" Conference and Art Exhibit --- 2014
Folder 19: Meijer Gardens Drawing Class --- 2008
Folder 20: Grand Rapids Art Museum - Centennial --- 2009
Folder 21: "A Life in Art" Exhibition GRAM --- 2003
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Folder 22: Humana Starlight Award --- 2009
Folder 23: "So You've Been Asked to Design Visuals for Worship" --- 1999
Folder 24: Art Notes
Folder 25: Alarabara Art Series --- (1997-2001)
Folder 26: "Engaging Culture" Western Theological Seminary --- 2008
Folder 27: "Art and the Church" Kuyper College --- 2013
Folder 28: Meijer Gardens - Kendall College of Art Presentation --- 2012
Folder 29: Newspaper Clippings --- (1969-2014)
Folder 30: Presentation Eastern Avenue CRC --- (2010-2011)
Folder 31: Reformed Worship --- 2011
Folder 32: "The Invisible in the Landscape" Exhibit --- 2013
Folder 33: "Art as Response" Cutlerville CRC
Folder 34: Kunstfest Diversity (Retirement Art Fest) --- 1997

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Documents for Project: "Stories of Faith"],
[Series 2: Letters to the Netherlands, 1957-1986],
[Series 3: National Christian Multicultural Student Leaders Conference, 2000-2001],
[Series 4: Calvin College Multicultural Year, 1996-1997],
[Series 5: Correspondence, 1961-1995],
[Series 6: Miscellaneous, 1938-2014],
[Series 7: Addendum],
[All]


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