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George and Barbara Gordon Gallery

Mathias J. Alten (1871-1938), American Impressionist

Mathias J. Alten (1871-1938) is a celebrated American regionalist artist, painting over 2500 works of art throughout his life.  Building from a traditional Barbizon and Tonalist landscape background, Alten began as a naturalistic scene painter and later transitioned into painting in an impressionistic style.

Mathias  Alten paintings in gallery

Grand Valley State University holds the largest public collection of Mathias Alten in the world, consisting of more than 70 paintings as well as his family’s archive collection of family photos and letters.  Private collectors George and Barbara Gordon determined that their Alten paintings should be on permanent public display made the lead gift to Grand Valley State University in 1999 and continue to build on that gift annually.


Gordon Gallery second floor

The addition of the second floor Gordon Gallery makes it possible to view over 70 paintings by Mathias Alten, which are on permanent display year-round and free to the public.

The George and Barbara Gordon Gallery is located in the Richard M. DeVos Center, Building E, 401 Fulton Street West, Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus. 

Alten paintings in second floor gallery



Open Fridays and Saturdays:  1:00 - 5:00 PM

Closed on holiday weekends:  
New Years, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day,Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

Closed Thanksgiving:
November 24 and 25, 2016

Closed Christmas/New Years:  
December 23 and 24, 2016 and December 30 and 31, 2016

Closed Easter
April 14 and 15, 2017

Private tours and special open hours may be arranged by contacting the Art Gallery Department.

Contact Us

Nathan Kemler photo
Contact: Nathan Kemler

As Curator of Collections Management for the Art Gallery, Nathan physically and intellectually manages and cares for the entire GVSU art collection.

Alten-related Resources

Click here to view our online collection of Mathais Alten paintings.

Mathias J. Alten Timeline - Now on view on the 2nd Floor.

Download the Gordon Gallery Brochure (pdf): page 1 | page 2

Download the Mathias Alten Poem (pdf): page 1 | page 2

Visit the Mathias Alten Catalog Raisonné


CLICK HERE for directions to the George and Barbara Gordon Gallery