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Studio Portrait of Eric Nykamp, 2010 from the Grand Rapids Press

Studio Portrait of Eric Nykamp, 2010 from the Grand Rapids Press

Eric Nykamp is a painter, musician and writer living in Grand Rapids, MI with his wife Yee Lam and their three children.

After working for 15 years as a social worker in inpatient and outpatient settings, he now is employed at Madison Church: North as their Director of Worship Design.  He also is the host and producer of the Antioch Worship Leadership Podcast, as a part of his work for Madison Church.  Eric is also an accomplished pianist and drum circle facilitator, as well as an adjunct professor of social work at Calvin College.

Eric continues to find himself in the intersection of faith and the creative arts.  Before joining the staff at Madison Church: North, Eric was a member of Madison Square Church where he played piano, Hammond organ, and African percussion for the gospel choir and several black-gospel worship teams. In 2001, Eric founded a group for artists, musicians, writers, dancers, composers and other “creative types” at Madison Square Church called Creative Community. Eric has written nearly 100 lessons for this group, which was later turned into a book titled Art as Prayer.  In 2012 he wrote a second book called Drum Circle Worship.  He was president of the CIVA (Christians in the Visual Arts) affiliate in Grand Rapids called GR-CIVA, which met from 2001-2008.  He regularly travels to the UK to collaborate with the Psalm Drummers and Movement in Worship organizations for their summer school training programs.

During his free time, Eric enjoys cooking with his wife, traveling, building drums and engaging in social justice work.

Education

Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI
BFA in Studio Art, 1996
Concentration in painting and printmaking

Honors

1995, Edgar Boeve Fine Art Scholarship Recipient, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI

December 2004 — Artist of the Month, Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Grand Rapids, MI

2007 Radix Magazine, Featured Artist, Volume 32, Number 3

October 2008 — Featured Artist of the Month – Grand Gallery

Awards

1994, Spring Arts Festival, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI
1st Prize, 2-D (Painting)

1995, Spring Arts Festival, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI
1st Prize 2-D (Painting)
2nd Prize 3-D (Sculpture)

1999, Celebration 26
I United Methodist Church, Grand Rapids, MI
3rd Prize

2000, Celebration 27
I United Methodist Church, Grand Rapids, MI
4th Prize

2000, Festival 2000
Grand Rapids, MI
Purchase Award: Borre, Peterson, Fowler & Reens

2000, Muskegeon Museum of Art Summer Regional Art Show, Muskegeon, MI
Comerica Bank Award

Collections

I United Methodist Church, Grand Rapids, MI
Madison Square Christian Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, MI
Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services, Grand Rapids, MI
Restorers Inc., Grand Rapids, MI
Concordia University, Irvine, CA
II Christian Reformed Church, Grand Haven, MI

Selected Group Exhibitions

1996, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI
BFA Exhibition 2

1997, Retirement Exhibition for Prof. Chris Stoffel Overvoorde, Calvin College, Grand Rapids MI

2002, MANNA Lenten Exhibit, Orchard Hill Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, MI

2002, Visions of Hope, Franciscan Process Center, Lowel, MI

2003, CIVA Visions Juried Exhibition, 2003-04 Directory

2003, Body Images, CIVA Juried Exhibition, Gordon College, MA

2004, MANNA – Easter Exhibit, Orchard Hill Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, MI

2004, Art is Everywhere, for the symposium Art is Everywhere – Artists Serving the Church at Orchard Hill Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, MI

2005, Listening With Your Eyes: a Visual Journey, Eyekons Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI

2006, Dwell In Me, II Christian Reformed Church, Grand Haven, MI

2006, Art Meeting the Sacred, Eyekons Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI

2007-8, The Music of Healing, Bruce and Mary Leep Art Gallery at the Postema Center for Worship and Education, Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services, Grand Rapids, MI

2008, Small Wonders, Grand Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI

2008-9, Children of the Covenant, Church of the Servant, Grand Rapids, MI

2009, Afterlife, Chinese Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA

2009, GR-CIVA Group Exhibition for Artprize, I United Methodist Church, Grand Rapids, MI

Solo Exhibitions

2001, We Are the Branches, Madison Square Christian Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, MI

2002, Visual Prayer, Orchard Hill Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, MI

2003, Visual Devotion, Calvin Christian Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, MI

2004, Recent Work of Eric Nykamp, Bella Vista Church, Rockford, MI

2004, Recent Work of Eric Nykamp, Madison Square Church, Grand Rapids, MI

2004, Visual Prayers, Gerbens Art Loggia – DeVos Center for Arts and Worship, Grand Rapids, MI

2005, Recent Work of Eric Nykamp, Seymour Christian Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, MI

2008, Spring for the Arts, “Avenue of the Arts” at Capsule Living Studio, Grand Rapids, MI

2010, Spiritual Self-Portraits, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Grand Rapids, MI

2013, Painting With Tears, Madison Square Church, Grand Rapids, MI

http://www.blurb.com/b/4579414-painting-with-tears

2014, Solo ShowWealthy Street Bakery

2015, Solo Show – Sabbath Paintings, Wealthy Street Bakery

2016, Sabbath Paintings, Madison Church: Square Campus, Grand Rapids, MI

2017, Names: Lamentation Paintings of 2017, Madison Church: Square Campus, Grand Rapids, MI

 

Current Gallery Representation

Synchronicity Gallery, Glen Arbor, MI