2010 EXHIBITION HIGHLIGHTS


GVSU Art Gallery, 1121 Performing Arts Center:

Enduring Traditions: History and Meaning in Southwest Pueblo Indian Pottery, Selections from the Public Museum, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Monday, January 11 to Friday, March 19, 2010
Over one hundred years ago pottery making by Pueblo Indians in the American Southwest was transformed from the manufacture of utilitarian objects for everyday use to craft production for the tourist trade. Featured in this exhibition are distinctive ceramics from several pueblos, collected in the late 19th through the mid 20th century, including works by Maria Martinez, one of the most famous Native American potters of the 20th century. This is the first of a series of exhibitions planned by the GVSU Art Gallery that will focus on the rich diversity of the Native American cultures of the Americas.
 
In conjunction with Grand Valley State University's 50th Anniversary and the 2010 Fall Arts Celebration -
MultiMedia I: Art & Design and School of Communications Faculty Celebrate
Grand Valley State University's 50th Anniversary
Dates: Friday, August 27 to Friday, October 1, 2010
Opening reception: Wednesday, September 15, 5:00 to 7:00 PM
New works in a wide range of media including animation, installation, metals, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, textiles, video and works on paper by current tenure track faculty. This exhibit will be presented in two parts. The faculty participating in this first exhibit are:
Anna Campbell
Jill Eggers
William Hosterman
Ann Kiester
David Rathbun
Barbara Roos
John Schmit
Lorelle Otis Thomas
Anthony Thompson
Victoria Veenstra
Richard Weis
Paul Wittenbraker
Ed Wong-Ligda
Renee Zettle-Sterling
 
In conjunction with Grand Valley State University's 50th Anniversary and the 2010 Fall Arts Celebration -MultiMedia II: Art & Design and School of Communications Faculty Celebrate
Grand Valley State University's 50th Anniversary
Dates: Thursday, October 14 to Friday, November 19, 2010
Opening reception: Thursday, October 14, 5:00 to 7:00 PM
New works in a wide range of media including animation, installation, metals, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, textiles, video and works on paper by current tenure track faculty. The faculty participating in this second exhibit are:
Collin Bradford
Brett Colley
Timothy Fisher
Dellas Henke
Virginia Jenkins
Hoon Lee
Deanna Morse
John Harper Philbin
Beverly J. Seley
Stafford Hiroshi Smith
Kirsten Strom
Norwood Viviano
Katalin Zaszlavik

 

Red Wall Gallery, Lake Ontario Hall:

Under our Feet: Archaeology, History and Culture on the Grand River
Monday, February 8 to Friday, March 19, 2010
This exhibit guided you through several archaeological sites located on the Grand River, revealing the history and culture represented by remains that are literally 'under our feet.' The significance of these sites was discussed and representative artifacts from some of them were displayed.

Student Scholarship/Fishladder Exhibition
Monday, April 5 to June, 2010
Reception: Friday, April 16 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM
Fishladder is Grand Valley's peer-reviewed journal of literature and arts. Red Wall in Lake Ontario Hall was the site for the gallery show of artwork, photography, and writing pieces.

In conjunction with Grand Valley State University's 50th Anniversary -
New Selections form the Erwin Raible Collection of French Prints:
A Gift of Elaine Rutowski Shay

Friday, August 27 to Friday, October 1, 2010
The Grand Valley State University Print and Drawing Cabinet now preserves a growing collection of more than 2,500 fine works of art on paper. Its holdings offer students of art and other academic disciplines rich opportunities of studying, learning and research. In 2009 Elaine Rutowski Shay generously donated a collection of Fin de Siècle French Prints with important work by Bonnard, Toulouse-Lautrec, Vaillard and others. This exhibit was held in conjunction with GVSU 50th Anniversary.
 
In conjunction with Grand Valley State University's 50th Anniversary -
PIC Pics: A Study Abroad Photo Contest
Dates:  Monday, October 11 to Thursday, December 9, 2010
VOTE: All current GVSU students, faculty & staff were invited to vote for their favorite photographs. Voters must cast their ballots in person in the Padnos International Center between October 15-30th. There was not be an online voting option.
PRIZES: Prizes were awarded to 1st 2nd and 3rd place winners. The photographer with the most votes will receive a $500 travel voucher to any destination on the globe, second prize is a new iPod and third an apple shuffle.
CATEGORIES: The contest was be organized by the following categories: ‘Where is Your Classroom?’ ‘Get Lost’ ‘Social Issues’ ‘Send Me There!’ ‘The Great Outdoors’ and ‘Celebration, Tradition, & Ritual.’
PIC PICS photo contest winners:
1st Place - Melanie Marquez
2nd Place - Tonia Hauser
3rd Place - Andres Ortiz

Congrats to all who participated on making this an amazing show! There was an awards presentation for the winners on Tuesday, November 23rd at noon in front of the Red Wall Gallery.

 

BFA Exhibition, GVSU Art Gallery, 1121 Performing Arts Center:

Passions.BODYSCAPES
Alicia Polk - Illustrator
Cheyenne Bonnell - Painting

Monday, April 5 to Thursday April 8, 2010
Reception: April 8 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM

poetiizing
Cam DeCaussin - Illustration
Sarah DeKievit - Metals
Caitlin Freeman - Illustration

Monday, April 12 to Thursday, April15, 2010
Reception: Thursday, April 15 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM

Allude
BFA Exhibit:  Ashley Harriger, Illustrator and Mackenzie Whims, Ceramicists
Dates:  Monday, December 6, 2010 - Thursday, December 9, 2010
Reception:  Thursday, December 9, 2010 from 5-7 PM
 
 
For the first time - held at DeVos Place Skyway Gallery in  conjunction with Grand Valley State University's 50th Anniversary -
 

Grand Valley State University Photography and Graphic Design Graduates
Exhibit their Senior Thesis Work in
 
Bling! Flash! Art! Part I
Wednesday, November 17 to Sunday, December 12, 2010.
The public is invited to attend the first collaborative GVSU Senior Thesis Showcase, part of Grand Valley State University's 50th Anniversary Celebration.  This year's show features 12 photographers and 10 graphic designers, showcasing a flash into their experiences. 
Bling! Flash! Art! opens Wednesday, November 17, and ends Sunday, December 12, 2010, with a special showing from 8:00am to Noon.  Please join the artists during the opening reception held on Thursday November 18th, from 5 - 7 pm in the Skywalk Gallery  located in the DeVos Place, 303 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, Mi 40503.  The gallery hours are Monday through Friday 7:30am - 5:30pm, Saturday & Sunday 8:00am - 6:00pm.  Thanksgiving Day hours are 11:00am - 1:00pm.  The gallery will be closed for a private event on Friday, December 10 and Saturday, December 11.   Admission is free and open to the public. 
Photographers participating in Bling! Flash! Art! include:  Jessie Caron, Carol Dalrymple, Brittney Dickinson, Elizabeth Klueck, Nicole Lamson, Christina Mayer, Amanda Murphy, Krystal Rauwerda, Valentina Valdes, Sarah Truckey, Jamie Yeager, and Rosamaria Zamarron.
Graphic Designers participating in Bling! Flash! Art! include:  Alexandria Baszler, Chelsea Chandler, Patrick K. Cook, Elise Hans, Justin James, Hannah Nester, Ashley Osborn, Andrew VanderVeen, Debra Weststrate, and Alaina Woloszyn.

 

The School of Communications Photography Senior Thesis Shwo 2010, GVSU Art Gallery, 1121 Performing Arts Center:

"BANGARANG!"

with Lauren Bailey, Dana Bloodwrth, Tonia Hauser, Tina Jacobson, Bethany Nolin, Athena Placencia, Jenna Raber, Lauren Shahly, Darcy Shinew, Nicole Somerville, and Rob Wilkinson
Tuesday, April 20 to May 1, 2010
Reception: April 22, 5:00 -7:00 PM
Special Showing: May1, 2010

 

West Wall Gallery, Eberhard Center:

Brita Brookes
On view from January 11 to July 16, 2010
Reception for the Artist:  Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Brita Brookes Native American Photography is the fourth of a planned series of small exhibitions showcasing the work of Michigan artists to be featured on Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus.

This exhibit displays Brookes' experiences participating in Native American Pow Wows in the Three Fires Confederacy area of Michigan and Ontario. These photos reflect some of the qualities of light, dance, movement, texture, emotion and energy found at a Pow Wow event.

Although she is not Native American in her personal heritage, she has been actively involved in the Native American community in Michigan, California, South Dakota, North Dakota and Ontario. She is a past Board Member of the American Indian Movement of Michigan, a member of the Press Committee for the Longest Walk 2, a freelance writer for both Indian Country Today and Uncensored News and has been taking Ojibwe Language classes under the teachings of Margaret Noori and Howard Kimewon at the University of Michigan for two years. Her heritage is Irish, English, and Latvian American and she grew up in the suburbs of Detroit. Upon graduating from high school she went on to obtain a degree in Architecture from the University of Michigan and a Masters in Architecture & Design from Harvard University where Photo Journalism became a surprise minor and a new hobby. Photography has always been her passport for learning about people and community.

In conjunction with Grand Valley State University's 50th Anniversary -
Grand Valley State University Print and Drawing Cabinet: A Decade of Collecting
Dates: Friday, August 27 to Friday, December 10, 2010
A Print and Drawing Cabinet (PDC) is a collection of fine works on paper. Grand Valley State University’s PDC was established with an important gift of more than 300 original prints by Dutch artist, Cyril Lixenberg. In 2002, the collection was further enhanced by the Brooks family’s donation of 500 prints by contemporary Dutch artists. One year later, faculty members Ann and David Keister pledged a gift of several hundred Master Printer’s Proofs by contemporary American artists.
The collection has continued to grow with numerous acquisitions including original broadsides by Mexican artist Jose Guadalupe Posada, works on paper by influential Russian Mitki artists, Olga and Alexander Florensky, Chinese Calligraphy by modern masters, the Tyler gift of Prints, Indian Miniatures and donations from the noted contemporary printmaker, Steven Sorman.
The PDC has become an ongoing resource for students, the community and for future exhibitions.

 

Faculty/Staff Dining, Kirkhof Center:

Alynn Guerra
On view from January to April 2010.

Printmaker Alynn Guerra is part of a planned series of small exhibitions showcasing the work of local artists.

Guerra's first contact with printmaking was on the streets of Mexico City where 'Her Soul' is constantly portrayed in handmade posters glued on any surface available. Her favorite of these images were the ones created by ìel movimientoî, or the grass roots movement; she loved the bold expressive lines of their relief prints and the aggressiveness that spoke of social injustice. Later she learned about the close relationship between printmaking and social movements around the world, which has helped to shape her own artistic language. She creates art to help her understand and assimilate her everyday life tribulations. In her work you will find a broad range of themes: first creating the plate and giving it form with her hands, then inking and discovering the shape of the carved plate, and lastly pulling prints from the press. When she is finished with printing, the works are hung to dry: pinned in rows as if they were devoted militants ready to communicate her own personal messages.

In conjunction with Grand Valley State University's 50th Anniversary -
Cyril Lixenberg: Selections from the Print and Drawing Cabinet
Dates: Friday, August 27 to December 10, 2010
Internationally acclaimed Amsterdam-based artist, Cyril Lixenberg is a printmaker and sculptor of monumental steel works who has played an important role in modern Dutch art movements.
Lixenberg has become a familiar member of the West Michigan art community. His most recent public sculpture commission, Steel Water, is located along the Grand River next to the downtown J.W. Marriot Hotel. Lixenberg has donated to Grand Valley State University’s Print and Drawing Cabinet an original of every print produced in the course of his notable 40-plus year career, as well as small models of his large-scale steel sculptures.

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