Board of Directors


Carol Swart



Linda Falstad

Vice President


Deborah Vanderjact



Sandra Hansen

CEO and Founder


Board Members


Beibei Chen

Leilei Chen

Alla Dickson

Kris Rassmussen

Deborah Williamson

Artists’ Cultural Exchange's mission is to encourage an exchange of artists between different countries, to increase art awareness, and cultural understanding among artists.


First International Artist Residency Rocks Fennville!!

October 12, 2019

First two artists in residence arrived at Art Farm Fennville.  Chinese artists, Hui Hui and Wenkre arrived on October 2nd from Beijing, China. Beibei Chen, her husband and daughter, and Sandra Hansen met them at the Grand Rapids Airport.  Thus began a whirlwind trip with trips to ArtPrize, Lake Michigan, and local sites.  We toured Kendall College of Art and Design, and met local artists of all types on the Blue Coast Artist tour.  Paper was made in Sandra Hansen's studio. The final adventure was a trip to Chicago with a day spent at the Art Institute and a morning spent at the Frank Llyod Wright homes in Oak Park, Ill. The artists enjoyed their stay at Art Farm, having a homestay at Caitlyn Hill Lancasters's home and an Airbnb home in Chicago.

2018 Artist Residency Announcement

December 01, 2017

Artists' Cultural Exchange is planning their first  Artist Residency.  We will be bringing artists from other countries to come and visit us in West Michigan for the month of  September of 2018.  During this month they will be introduced to artists in their fields, take sightseeing trips to Chicago and Detroit to see museums, and  galleries.  Our guests will see the lakeshore, and local sites as well.  They will have the opportunity to have homestays, have an exhibition, and give a workshop or lecture. We will learn about each other's culture and foods.  

Jaipur Kala Chaupal

November 17, 2017

Alla Dickson and I spent 2.5 weeks in Jaipur with forty other artists creating art.  At the end we participated in an art exhibition at the Jarwahal Kala Kendra (JKK), Rajasthan's premier art center.  Our housing was at the fabulous Diggi Palace Hotel.

Artists' Cultural Exchange Goes to China!

September 30, 2017

Three West Michigan residents and one Chinese artist participated in a Chinese-American, Environmental art exhibition at the Inner Mongolia Art Museum in Hohhot, China, July 7-16th. The exhibit focused on water and air pollution; and biological extinction. The four artists in the exhibition  are the twins, Beibei and Leilei Chen, originally from Liaoning, and,Beijing, China, but presently residing in Grand Rapids, Michigan; Sandra Hansen, from Holland, Michigan; and Yiwang  Wang of Fujian, China.  Although highly trained in art, these artists take very different approaches to pollution in their art practices.he Chen twins’ art is completely intertwined as both artists work together and separately on all pieces of their art. Hansen is not only an artist, but also an activist, and public speaker. Wang,  an associate art professor at Fujian Normal University specializes in landscape paintings in China. These artists are connected through Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, where Hansen and the Chen’s were graduate students and Wang participated in a one year artist residency. 

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