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Department of Art and Design

Padnos Artist

Meet Nayda Collazo-Llorens, currently our Stuart and Barbara Padnos Distinguished Artist in Residence. (Read more)

Paul Wittenbraker

Professor, 2D Foundations, and Visual Studies

Paul Wittenbraker received a BA from Wabash College and his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. He was director of the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in downtown Grand Rapids, and he is now Associate Professor at Grand Valley State University (GVSU). In 1999, he started Civic Studio, for which he received a Michigan Campus Compact Award. Recently, Wittenbraker led the development of the Visual Studies studio major at GVSU. In addition to teaching and advising in Visual Studies, he teaches Creative Problem Solving in Foundations. Recent public presentations include the lecture "Civic Studio and the Plastic City" as part of the Cranbrook Academy of Art's Critical Studies Series and the exhibit "Facing Michigan" at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. Research interests include theories and representations of public space, technology and culture, and policy and cultural institutions.

Contact Information

  • Email:
  • Phone: (616)331-3578
  • Office: 1117 Alexander Calder Fine Arts Center
  • Curriculum Vitae: Download
  • Personal Link:


mundus imaginalis intermondo

Mundus Imaginalis: Intermondo. The project includes objects and images in the GVSU DeVos Center Complex.

Drawing for Civic Studio

Drawing for Civic Studio "On the River" project.

Plasicspace project: Scrap

Plasticspace project: Scrap