An exhibition by artist Hope Wang at McHenry County College has ended, but three of her works will remain at Crystal Lake College.

McHenry County College purchased three letterpress prints from “The Vacant Plot of Sky” show, which was on display from January through March. Wang also visited the college in February to talk about her work, process and perspective as a recent BFA graduate from the Art Institute of Chicago.

The purchased pieces are exhibited on the third floor of building A, next to room A374.

The new prints feature selected poems from “Yellow Knees,” an anthology of poetry that describes frustrated love and its attendant melancholy as a legacy traversed by various types of inner, family, romantic and platonic relationships, according to a press release.

“Hope’s work fits into the overall MCC collection by engaging with the broader McHenry County community and promoting lifelong learning,” said MCC Art Gallery curator, Trevor Power, in a statement. “This is an important consideration to take into account when determining the purchase of artwork for the permanent collection. We want art that represents the full spectrum of life and community within McHenry County.

Pieces purchased by the college for the permanent art collection primarily include works by artists featured in the galleries, current MCC students, faculty, and alumni.

Wang’s three typographic prints join the more than 280 prints currently in the collection, which includes work using a wide range of printmaking techniques, such as reliefs, intaglios, lithographs, serigraphs and phototypes, but up to now there were no letterpress engravings, according to The Version.

The college also recently purchased and installed the first video piece in its permanent art collection, according to a press release.

The piece, “Mercury Black Magic,” 2021, by MCC photo instructor and Chicago-based photographer Justin Schmitz, is just over 13 minutes long and is permanently located on the first floor of Building A, adjacent to the room A143.

“Mercury Black Magic” is a meditation on youth, grief and friendship through a young man depicting the restoration of a 1980s muscle car, the loss of his father and a new romance with a young woman, according to the press release.