Our Core Values
We believe that art and innovative thinking are essential for building a world of tolerance, mindfulness and beauty. We are passionate about curiosity and found answers to questions that have not yet been asked by thinking differently, accepting the challenge, and trying again.
Students pursue their passions through projects, and reflect on their learning. Recognizing that identity development and personal growth occur in the context of community, our schools foster relationships of trust, caring, and mutual respect among students and adults through program design elements such as small school size, small classes, home visits, advisories, and student collaborative work.
With students as design partners, instructor function as reflective practitioners, conducting inquiry into equitable teaching and learning, school culture, project design, and authentic assessment. We are all still learning.
Growth is an evolving process of awakening and renewal. Growth occurs when we pay attention to where we are and where we want to be. It requires self-awareness, resilience and courage to embrace strangers. The journey begins with the understanding that we grow with every experience we encounter, and curiosity encourages you to learn for life.
Our facilities are collaborative workplaces with small-group learning and project areas, relevant technology, and common spaces where artwork, and other artifacts of student thinking are created and displayed.
Community is apart of our foundation. We work with the local community by volunteering with other organizations or hosting free trial lessons for kids. To benefit the community, one must grow into a world citizen with a public interest and a global outlook to build the future of the world.
Founded by two professional artist Moms and an enthusiastic business Mom in the spring of 2019. Our goal is to design and implement effective lessons that fits our students' current learning styles. By utilizing STEAM lessons, we aim to create quality education for our community. We believe each of our students have unique learning styles and growing abilities. Talents are to be discovered.
Art President: Leilei Chen
08/2014-05/2017 Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University
Master of Fine Art Degree
02/2005-07/2007 Academy of Art & Design, Tsinghua University
Master of Arts Degree
MOST RECENT WORK EXPERIENCE
08/2015 - present Adjunct Professor
Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University
Courses taught: Illustration III
Science Fiction Painting, Graphic design illustration
SELECTED NEWEST GANTS AND HONORS
(2018）The Ward H. and Cora E. Nay Director’s Choice Purchase Prize of 2018 West Michigan Area Show
(2018) South West Michigan Printmakers Excellence
(2018）Honorable Mention of West Michigan Art Competition 2018.
(2018）Excellent Work Award of 2018 Her Vision Contemporary Art
Art Director: Beibei Chen
08/2014-12/2017 Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University Master of Fine Art Degree
02/2006-07/2008 Department of Art Studies , Arts college, Peking University, Master of Arts Degree.
(2018)Coming Solo exhibition, Forest Hills Fine Art Center ,Grand Rapids, MI, US (August 3-August 24)
(2018) Solo exhibition Art and Sustainability, Keeler Gallery of Fountain Street Church , Grand Rapids, MI, US (May1-June 26)
(2017) Solo exhibition Malignant Landscape, Alluvium Gallery, Grand Rapids MI (Feb. 3-Feb.25)
(2017). Solo exhibition Gaia, Westminster Presbyterian Gallery. Grand Rapids MI (Feb.1-April 30)
(2017) Solo exhibition Harmony, FCUM Gallery, Grand Rapids MI, Grand Rapids MI (Jan. 1-Jan.31)
(2016) Childhood, Holland Hospital Galley, Holland, MI.
MOST RECENT Exhibition
(2019) Zen In The Spring, North American Fortune Foundation New York Branch，25-10 Ulmer street Flushing，NY (Feb.17-24)
(2019) Who's Who: LowellArts Members Exhibition, LowellArts,223 West Main Street, Lowell, (January 5 - February 9.)
(2019）24th Arts in Harmony 2019 Annual International Show,Hopkins Center for the Arts, 1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN (Jan.10-Feb.17)
One Traveling Exhibitions Arts North ,American Swedish Institute，MN
The other Traveling Exhibitions: Maple Grove Arts Center, MN
(2019) Export 2019,Mid-Hudson Heritage Center, NY（Mar.9-Mar.16）
MOST RECENT SELECTED GRANTS AND HONORS
（2018）The Ward H. and Cora E. Nay Director’s Choice Purchase Prize of 2018 West Michigan Area Show
(2018) South West Michigan Printmakers Excellence
（2018）Honorable Mention of West Michigan Art Competition 2018.
（2018）Excellent Work Award of 2018 Her Vision Contemporary Art Exhibition
Paper Making & Encaustic Painting Class
International Environmental Papermaker
In 2014 I changed from a painter to an environmental artist and papermaker. I fell in love with the magic of creating something translucent from leaves and bark. It is completely environmentally sound and can be absolutely gorgeous. Its rich texture; its delicate gauzy effect, and its versatility is amazing. Paper has the ability to bring alive the horrendous problems of pollution simply by putting plastic bags into the pulp. The beauty of the paper shows us the beauty of each of the objects that we love until they decay and become pollution.
Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Most Recent Artist Residencies
2019 Bilpin International Ground for Creative Initiatives (BigCi), Bilpin, Australia
2018 Artists Cultural Exchange I hosted an Artist Residency in Southwest Michigan in September 2018
2018 Untitled Space, Jinze near Shanghai, China
2017 Jaipur Kala Chaupal, Jaipur, India
2015 Casa Masaccio, San Giovanni, Valderno, Italy
2015 Founder, Artist Cultural Exchange. A nonprofit organization created to expedite cultural exchanges between artists in different countries.
2013 Jaipur Art Festival, Jaipur, India
2005 Assi Ghat Varanasi, India
2018-present Fernwood Gallery, Fennville, MI
2018 Unique Boutique, Muskegon, MI
2017-present Flat River Gallery and Frame and Matting, Lowell, MI
2015-2016 Huber’s Fine Art Gallery, Holland, MI
2006-2007 Reflections Fine Art Gallery, Holland, MI
The Inner Mongolia Art Museum, Hohhot, China
Works held in private collections in Australia, Spain, Canada, China, Denmark, Germany, India, Japan, Sweden, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and the United States
Most Recent Awards
2014 Honorable Mention for "Algae Bloom" at Holland Area Arts Council's All Michigan Regional Show. Holland, Michigan.
2013-2016 Kendall College of Art and Design MFA Portfolio Prize, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Most Recent Solo Exhibitions
2018 Great Legs Winery, Holland, Michigan
2017 Inner Mongolia Art Museum, Hohhot, China
2011 LedØje-SmØrum, Musikforening, 25 Year Jubilee Concert at Kulturhuset i SmØrum, Copenhagen, Denmark
Our Administrative Staff
Holly Miller 胡佳琪 (Jiajia Laoshi or Holly Laoshi)
Holly is our assistant manager and started working with us in August 2020. She is a local Grand Rapids native and has been studying Mandarin Chinese since 2010. Graduated in June 2020 with her Master of Laws degree from East China Normal University and living in China for 3 years, she has a broad knowledge of China and Chinese culture. Furthermore, she is our special-education specialist and if you have a child with special learning needs and want to enroll them in our classes, please email us and ask for Holly to contact you. To learn more about Holly, check out a local news video about her, an article about her study abroad in Shanghai in 2016, and how she views the importance of self-advocacy in the disability community.
Master of Laws, Political Theory | September 2017 TO June 2020 | East China Normal University
• Chinese Government Scholarship Recipient
• Thesis: Autistic Voices in China—a critical disability research
• HSK Level 4
Bachelor of Arts | August 2012 TO April 2017 | Grand Valley State University
• Major: Chinese Studies
• Gilman International Scholarship Recipient
• “I am Grand Valley” Leadership Award Recipient
Leadership/ Community Involvement
STAAR (Students Towards Autism and Respect)
• President, September 2016-April 2017
• Assisted and arranged meetings. Emailed general members about important information regarding meetings.
• Public Relations Officer, September 2013-April 2016
• Reaching out to the autism community and other organizations at Grand Valley State University to help spread the awareness of autism advocacy.
Panel Discussions on Autism in Michigan
• Autism Society of West Shore in Grand Haven, November 2013
• GVSU’s Autism Center at the START conference (Statewide Autism Resources and Training), May 2014
• GVSU’s Annual Teach-in, January 2014, 2015, 2016
Autism Presentations in China
• East China Normal University autism presentations, various, December 2017-November 2019
• Fei Chang Dao Q&A Presentations, April 2018 and December 2018
• Shanghai Experimental East School in Pudong, November 2018
• Autism School in Changzhou, Jiangsu, January 2019
Working with Kids Experience
Private English Tutoring | Shanghai, China | December 2017 TO June 2020
• Instructed small groups of students in key subject concepts.
• Developed curriculum for students at all skill levels.
• Assisted students of all skill levels with understanding and excelling in English.
Volunteer English Teaching | Wuyuan, Jiangxi, China| October to November 2017
• One-week volunteer countryside teaching which gave Chinese middle school children to have an opportunity to learn English from a native-English speaker.
• Created lesson plans two weeks in advance on American culture for four-teaching days.