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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)

The Department of Art and Design

Welcome to the Department of Art and Design at Grand Valley State University.

265 majors are enrolled in three programs offering six different degrees. The 72,000 square foot building is equipped with the specialized equipment necessary to complete work in traditional and new media. Students’ efforts in the program are supported by twenty-four, full-time faculty members and a dedicated staff.

The Department of Art and Design is also an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).  This association establishes national art and design standards for undergraduate (and graduate) degree programs like ours.

We are located on the Allendale campus, halfway between Lake Michigan and Grand Rapids. The second largest city in Michigan, Grand Rapids has a thriving arts community that includes regional museums and independent arts venues. The campus is less than a three-hour drive from both downtown Detroit and Chicago. Close proximity to these cities offers students broader contexts for their classroom experiences.

Building Hours (Fall/ Winter)

Calder Arts Center

Monday - Friday

Saturday - Sunday



Please contact the department office (616-331-3486) for building hours during spring/summer semester and holidays.