Isle Royale Reflection
"I had expectations that found realization on the island.
• Yes, beautiful grand landscapes of basalt, granite, relentless water, resilient vegetation, and infinite skies.
The unexpected brought delight, fun, and things that I will always carry with me.
• New friends that were AIR hosts and support personnel.
- Robert deJonge, November 2019
About the Artist
Robert deJonge was an Isle Royale Artist-in-Residence from August 26th to September 10th, 2011. He is a native Michigander who has been working as a designer and photographer/digital imager for over forty years. He graduated from Calvin University in Grand Rapids with a degree in art (1978). He has studied with noted photographers, Ernst Haas, Freeman Patterson, Stephen Johnson, and John Paul Caponigro.
In addition to Isle Royale, he has participated in four other artist-in-residence programs — Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Acadia National Park, Petrified Forest National Park, and Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. In 2019, he received both a juried award and People’s Choice Award at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts — West Michigan Area Fine Arts Show. You can view Robert's images of Isle Royale and beyond on his personal webpage or at the Uptown Gallery in Holland, Michigan.
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Last updated: December 17, 2019