The exhibition is stronger as a result of several important loans. We are grateful to the Grand Rapids Art Museum, Wheaton College, and Creighton University. Generous assistance was provided by Marvin Bolt and Lauren Boegen at Chicago’s Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum—this precisely as Dr. Bolt (Calvin College, ’84) was busy transitioning into a new position as curator of science and technology at The Corning Museum of Glass.
Personally, we are grateful to friends and family for their unflagging support. Kristine and Charlotte Hanson both have the patience of saints, and Kristine’s heroic single-parent journey to and from Venice with an 18-month-old attests to her exceptional skills as traveler and mother. Thanks also to Spencer Cone, Anna Hanchett, Trenton Heille, Angela Svaan, and Christian Vander Linden for many good memories of long walks and long dinners in Venice. Paula would like to thank Karen and Kelvin Manni for their love and wise counsel. She also offers deep gratitude to Craig for heading this project so beautifully, bearing with countless questions, and being an exceptional advisor and mentor.
As Director of Exhibitions at Calvin College, Joel Zwart does his job masterfully, wearing more hats, with more grace and more good sense than just about anyone we know. Finally, we want to thank Betty Sanderson, whose job description as administrative assistant for Calvin’s Art and Art History Department gets longer every year. One begins to suspect that she may, in fact, know how to be in two or three different places at once. She is certainly that efficient. The far-ranging contributions she makes to both the department and Calvin’s exhibitions program—including all the things not in her job description—are exemplified in the fact that she was the one to recognize six etching of dubious artistic quality as depicting the Prodigal Son narrative. In a very real sense, the show simply would not have happened without her. And so it seems appropriate to return the exhibition to her here in the form of a dedication: for Betty Sanderson, with warm thanks.
Craig Hanson and Paula Manni