April 14, 2020
Celebration of Scholarship

OPUS 2020

Today is one of the biggest days of the year at Trinity–welcome to OPUS 2020!

While Trinity has moved to online learning in light of the COVID-19 situation, OPUS will go on — in digital form. The entire Trinity community is invited to join in virtually and take part in celebrating our student scholarship.

To view all the amazing OPUS submissions, simply grab some OPUS snacks (we recommend popcorn) and watch all the presentations 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

“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

Today is one of the biggest days of the year at Trinity–welcome to OPUS 2020!

While Trinity has moved to online learning in light of the COVID-19 situation, OPUS will go on — in digital form. The entire Trinity community is invited to join in virtually and take part in celebrating our student scholarship.

To view all the amazing OPUS submissions, simply grab some OPUS snacks (we recommend popcorn) and watch all the presentations 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

“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.”

Video Presentations

Academic Presentations

A large part of OPUS is experiencing student presentations in disciplines ranging from biology to education, mathematics to history, and more.  These short videos replace the traditional OPUS presentations and showcase student scholarship from this academic year.

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.

OPUS Music Recital

The music department of Trinity Christian College proudly presents our annual OPUS recital, featuring student performances in a wide range of styles including Gospel, jazz, classical, modern worship, and musical theatre.

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

The OPUS Art Show is normally displayed at Trinity’s very own Seerveld Gallery. This year, we are happy to showcase our talented artists on this online gallery.    The winners of the OPUS Art Show are shown in the first tab.

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

Students majoring in Special Education created professional, academic posters that they presented at Elim Christian School. Their posters cover topics that include a variety of mental health issues, visual impairment, interpersonal relationships, and communication. These future teachers’ posters will expand your perspective of current educational issues.

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

+ OPUS 2020 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

+ OPUS 2020 Art Show

The OPUS Art Show is normally displayed at Trinity’s very own Seerveld Gallery. This year, we are happy to showcase our talented artists on this online gallery.    The winners of the OPUS Art Show are shown in the first tab.

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

+ Special Education Posters

Students majoring in Special Education created professional, academic posters that they presented at Elim Christian School. Their posters cover topics that include a variety of mental health issues, visual impairment, interpersonal relationships, and communication. These future teachers’ posters will expand your perspective of current educational issues.

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