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Art and Learning Resources

The GVSU Art Gallery collects, manages, exhibits, and interprets the University's art collection to foster experience learning and art engagement within the GVSU community.  The Art Gallery promotes the idea of embracing art in order to improve one’s quality of life.  Interaction with art can inform social discourse, encourage civic dialogue, foster creative and critical thought, and provide avenues for personal reflection.

Incorporating Art in the Classroom

GVSU 2016-2021 Strategic Plan, Objective 3.D.4:
At least 15% of faculty integrate the institution's art collection into their curricula and use it in their instructional activities.

Share your project or use of art in the classroom with us.

Visual Literacy

The GVSU art collection consists of works of art from around the world spanning 1,600 years of history. It provides interdisciplinary opportunities for experience learning, curriculum integration, and informal learning experiences for students, faculty, staff, and the public. The entire collection may be viewed online at the Art Gallery's website or via the mobile application Art at GVSU.

The following categorical links were created in an effort to expedite searches for interdisciplinary studies: 

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Art in the Classroom - Faculty Profiles

Faculty-to-Faculty Profile Collection:
View examples of art integration in GVSU courses

Learning Initiatives & Pedagogical Approaches

To learn more about a particular initiative or teaching strategy, please select one of the following links:

Please visit the Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center for additional resources and information.

Contact Us

Stacey Burns
Programs Manager
LinkedIn Profile

As Programs Manager for the Art Gallery, Stacey:

  • Organizes programs, tours and other experiences related to Art Gallery exhibitions and collections 
  • Engages the Art Gallery’s online community through social media 
  • Coordinates Grand Valley State University’s participation as an ArtPrize© Venue


Herbert Murrie-Franklin & Eleanor-Mixed Media on January 18, 2018

Opening Reception Ebb & Flow: Explorations in Painting by Herbert Murrie

January 18, 2018 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Join us to celebrate the opening of Ebb & Flow: Explorations in Painting by Herbert Murrie. Participants can create their own painting in a 3D virtual reality experience using Tilt Brush by Google...

George and Barbara Gordon Gallery first floor on February 21, 2018

Professor Ellen Adams: Mathias J. Alten: The Artist as Worker

February 21, 2018 6:00 PM

Assistant Professor, Frederik Meijer Honors College Honors College and GVSU Art Gallery, Ellen Adams will deliver a lecture on Mathias J. Alten entitled “Mathias J. Alten: The Artist as Worker” Guests...

Herbert Murrie, �Franklin & Eleanor�, Mixed Media on February 28, 2018

Explorations in Painting Panel Discussion

February 28, 2018 11:00 AM

The Art Gallery presents a panel discussion with painters, Herbert Murrie, exhibition artist; Stuart B. And Barbara H. Padnos Distinguished Artist-In-Residence, Melanie Daniel; Associate Professor...

Herbert Murrie, �Franklin & Eleanor�, Mixed Media on March 1, 2018

New Music Ensemble Composition Competition

March 1, 2018 7:30 PM

GVSU music composition students will create adventurous, one-minute compositions inspired by the Art Gallery exhibition, Ebb & Flow: Explorations in Painting by Herbert Murrie.   These...

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