The Land: The Art of Bill Hosterman and Ed Wong-Ligda

September 19 through December 15, 2019

Michael and Kay Olthoff Gallery

The Land: The Art of Bill Hosterman and Ed Wong-Ligda is the result of several years of independent experimentation by printmaker Bill Hosterman and illustrator and painter Ed Wong-Ligda and the artists’ shared conversations regarding the visual, expressive, and thematic potential of the land and the flora and fauna that populate it.

How we perceive, interact with, and shape the natural landscape informs Hosterman’s and Wong-Ligda’s prints, drawings, and paintings. Hosterman’s twisting, fantastical landscapes are entwined with lush vegetation, jagged rock faces, birds, boats, and forests, representing his thoughts on the human form and human desires and how both directly affect the land. For Wong-Ligda, the elements of the landscape become characters in a literary or theatrical drama as he explores the choreography and pacing of their visual interactions in dreamlike expanses. Combined, the artworks of these artists offer an invitation to consider the classical landscape in new ways.

Bill Hosterman is an Associate Professor of drawing, printmaking, and foundations in the Department of Visual and Media Arts at Grand Valley State University and Faculty Director of the GVSU Padnos Student Visual and Media Arts Gallery. Now retired, Ed Wong-Ligda was a Professor and head of the illustration program at GVSU. He has worked with numerous clients and participated in multiple artist-in-residency programs as a professional painter and illustrator.

Bill Hosterman, Guide, etching and watercolor, 2014-2017

Ed Wong-Ligda, Black Hills Birds, oil on canvas, 2014


Opening Event
Thursday, September 19
5:30 pm Reception | 7:00 pm Lecture
The MMA invites the public to the opening reception for The Land: The Art of Bill Hosterman and Ed Wong-Ligda. The artists will talk about their work at a lecture after the reception, starting at 7:00 pm. Event is free and open to the public.

Little Landscapes Super Saturday
Saturday, October 12
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Free Family Fun Day–Experience landscapes at the MMA with a family film, exhibition tours, and a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) landscape art activity in the classroom. Free admission and activities are underwritten by Arconic – Whitehall Operations.