April 20, 2022
Celebration of Scholarship

OPUS 2022

April 20th is one of the biggest days of the year at Trinity–welcome to OPUS 2022!

To view all the amazing OPUS submissions, simply grab some OPUS snacks (we recommend popcorn) and watch all the presentations live or view the photo galleries posted here.

OPUS, Trinity’s celebration of Christian scholarship, is a long-standing and rich tradition at the College. Despite the passing years, OPUS has remained true to its origins. “The very first year that this academic celebration launched was seen as an experiment, and the community was delighted to see that the experiment was proven successful,” said Dr. Sharron Robbert, Ph.D., professor of mathematics.

The origins of OPUS stretch back more than 30 years:

1983—Professor of Art and Design John Bakker renames the annual student art competition “OPUS.” “Even though the term ‘OPUS’ is typically associated with music I liked the fact that it is Latin for ‘work’,” Bakker recalled. “So the annual art show became OPUS.”

Early 1990s—The Student Association requests that other arts be included in the annual OPUS event, and the request is granted.

1998—Bakker and Professor of English Michael Vander Weele ’73, Ph.D., lay the groundwork for including writing in OPUS.

1999—With the support of then-Dean of Academic Services Dr. Burt Rozema and the Professional Services Committee, OPUS expands to become a campus-wide academic festival.

2019—Trinity celebrates the 20th anniversary of OPUS

2020—Trinity celebrates OPUS in an all online format to acknowledge the work of its students even during a global pandemic.

“Moving forward, our vision is to build OPUS into a celebration that is not limited to the on-campus Trinity community,” said Robbert. “We love to extend this opportunity to off-campus members, including prospective students and alumni. We hope this enriching celebration will only continue to grow and be enjoyed by many for years to come.”

+ The Importance of OPUS

April 20th is one of the biggest days of the year at Trinity–welcome to OPUS 2022!

To view all the amazing OPUS submissions, simply grab some OPUS snacks (we recommend popcorn) and watch all the presentations live or view the photo galleries posted here.

+ History of OPUS

OPUS, Trinity’s celebration of Christian scholarship, is a long-standing and rich tradition at the College. Despite the passing years, OPUS has remained true to its origins. “The very first year that this academic celebration launched was seen as an experiment, and the community was delighted to see that the experiment was proven successful,” said Dr. Sharron Robbert, Ph.D., professor of mathematics.

The origins of OPUS stretch back more than 30 years:

1983—Professor of Art and Design John Bakker renames the annual student art competition “OPUS.” “Even though the term ‘OPUS’ is typically associated with music I liked the fact that it is Latin for ‘work’,” Bakker recalled. “So the annual art show became OPUS.”

Early 1990s—The Student Association requests that other arts be included in the annual OPUS event, and the request is granted.

1998—Bakker and Professor of English Michael Vander Weele ’73, Ph.D., lay the groundwork for including writing in OPUS.

1999—With the support of then-Dean of Academic Services Dr. Burt Rozema and the Professional Services Committee, OPUS expands to become a campus-wide academic festival.

2019—Trinity celebrates the 20th anniversary of OPUS

2020—Trinity celebrates OPUS in an all online format to acknowledge the work of its students even during a global pandemic.

“Moving forward, our vision is to build OPUS into a celebration that is not limited to the on-campus Trinity community,” said Robbert. “We love to extend this opportunity to off-campus members, including prospective students and alumni. We hope this enriching celebration will only continue to grow and be enjoyed by many for years to come.”

Schedule of Events & Information

Schedule

12:30-12:45 • OPUS Parade (in front of Alumni Hall)
12:45- 1:15 • Opening Ceremony (in tent)
1:30- 4:15 • Student Presentations (various)
4:30- 5:15 • Presentation Showdown (in tent)
4:30- 6:30 • Trinity Trolldown Dinner (in Dining Hall)
5:00- 6:00 • Dunk Tank Fundraiser for Ukraine (TBD)
6:00- 7:30 • Raffle & Closing Ceremony (in tent)
6:30- 8:30 • GRUMPUS/Graduate OPUS (Grand Lobby)
7:30- 8:30 • Senior Student/OPUS Art Reception (ARCC)
9:00-10:00 • Outcry (in tent)

BA/BFA Thesis Show

The Bachelor of Art (BA) and Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA) Thesis exhibitions are the culmination of the final year and a half’s creative exploration for each graduating senior. Organized around each student’s interest, the exhibition brings a wide variety of aesthetic approaches which seniors must defend in their senior presentations.

Academic Presentations

A large part of OPUS is experiencing student presentations in disciplines ranging from biology to education, mathematics to history, and more.

 

The OPUS Art Show is displayed at Trinity’s very own Seerveld Gallery.  For those that are unable to visit our campus, we are happy to showcase our talented artists on this online gallery.    The winners of the OPUS Art Show will be shown in the 2nd tab after the closing ceremony on April 20.

Instructions:  Hover to learn details. Click to open up full image, expand and activate slideshow.

 

Drawing, Painting and Mixed Media

Graphic Design & Digital Design

Printmaking & Photography

Sculpture & 3D

The Opus Art Exhibition is Trinity’s annual student art competition. It is a snapshot of work in the Art and Design department. External judges in fine art and design, respectively, select work for the show and award honorary and cash prizes in each of four categories and a Best of Show.

Instructions:  Hover to learn details. Click to open up full image, expand and activate slideshow.

Best in Show

Drawing, Painting and Mixed Media

Graphic Design & Digital Design

Printmaking & Photography

Sculpture & 3D

+ OPUS 2022 Art Show

The OPUS Art Show is displayed at Trinity’s very own Seerveld Gallery.  For those that are unable to visit our campus, we are happy to showcase our talented artists on this online gallery.    The winners of the OPUS Art Show will be shown in the 2nd tab after the closing ceremony on April 20.

Instructions:  Hover to learn details. Click to open up full image, expand and activate slideshow.

 

Drawing, Painting and Mixed Media

Graphic Design & Digital Design

Printmaking & Photography

Sculpture & 3D

+ OPUS 2022 Art Design Winners

The Opus Art Exhibition is Trinity’s annual student art competition. It is a snapshot of work in the Art and Design department. External judges in fine art and design, respectively, select work for the show and award honorary and cash prizes in each of four categories and a Best of Show.

Instructions:  Hover to learn details. Click to open up full image, expand and activate slideshow.

Best in Show

Drawing, Painting and Mixed Media

Graphic Design & Digital Design

Printmaking & Photography

Sculpture & 3D