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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)

Professional Organizations and Student Chapters

Many art and design organizations offer undergraduate memberships or chapters.

These provide students with an introduction to current practices and opportunities for professional development. Several of them host annual conferences where students can participate in exhibitions, presentations, or workshops.

Art and Design Organizations

Professional Organization Student Chapters in the Art and Design Department

National Art Education Association (NAEA)

Art Education Student in workshop

Members of the National Art Education Association Student Chapter work to prepare themselves to teach the young minds of tomorrow. During their weekly meetings and service projects they work to develop their critical thinking skills, visual culture, art history, community involvement, and the development of big ideas. For more information about the student chapter, please email Prof. Katalin Zaszlavik at

AIGA: Grand Valley Student Chapter

AIGA Grand Valley

AIGA, the professional association for design, is committed to advancing design as a professional craft, strategic advantage and vital cultural force. As a student group, we seek to get as many students involved in the design community as possible. We meet 3-4 times a month and offer a variety of activities from screen printing, hosting skill-shares, curating exhibitions, and discuss current inspirations. Outside of our meetings, we try to attend conventions, local lectures and other area design events. We try to involve as many emphasis areas as possible in order to break down barriers and share new ideas. The meetings are open to anyone with a love for, interest in, or curiosity about the wonders of graphic design.

Contemporary Ceramics Association

Contemporary Ceramics Association provides students of all majors a chance to experience and interact with clay as a material. Members gain access to clay, tools, potter's wheel, and glaze material, all included in an annual fee.

Society of Illustrators