Colleen enjoys working in the Art Gallery and appreciates the campus, fellow employees, and students she meets everyday. She lives nearby with her husband of 40+ years, Cal. They have two married children and two wonderful grandchildren. Colleen and Cal breed English Setters and also have a house cat named Mrs. Emma Peel and a British lab named Daisy. Besides her family and her animals, other interests are reading, flower gardening, and anything British.
Alison received a B.F.A. from Grand Valley State University in 2004. Upon graduation, she started working at Lafontsee Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI. While working at Lafontsee her positions included Art Sales, Picture Framing, Co-Curator, Design Consultant, and Artist Contact. In 2007 she began working for Jeffery Roberts Homes, Inc. as an Interior Design Assistant/ Project Manager. Quickly after graduation she became very involved in the local art scene as a volunteer, artist and curator. She was a board member for the DAAC (Division Avenue Arts Cooperative). Volunteer for many Avenue for the Arts events and curator for downtown venues such as, Mustache Gallery and NOIR gallery. Alison joined the Art Gallery in 2009 as a preparator for the rotating and permanent exhibits of Grand Valley State University’s extensive art collection.
Jenniffer has over 17 years’ experience working in the administrative field, most recently having worked for the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City Division, in Panama City, Florida, as an administrative assistant and human resources assistant. Prior to that position, Jenniffer has worked as a financial manager, business manager, assistant manager, in addition to other various administrative positions. Jenniffer is planning to finish earning her MA at Grand Valley in the Management field and is more than half-way there! As a single mother of three children and two dogs, Jenniffer stays very active outside of work attending her children’s extracurricular activities as well as various other motherly duties. Jenniffer was born and raised in SE Grand Rapids and currently resides in Jenison, Michigan.
As Curator of Collections Management for the Art Gallery, Nathan:
Nathan serves as a peer reviewer for the American Alliance of Museums Assessment Program in the areas of Collection Stewardship and Community Engagement as well as, on committees for the Michigan Museums Association in the areas of professional development (current) and programs (previous). Previously he was the Project Curator of Ethnology at the Public Museum of Grand Rapids and Curator of Historic Sites and Collections at the Holland Museum. He joined the Art Gallery in 2008. Nathan received his B.A. in World History with minors in Art History, Archeology, and Studio Art from Calvin College and received his M.A. from the Historical Administration graduate program at Eastern Illinois University while being awarded the History and Technology assistantship.
Dru King has been a preparator at Grand Valley State University’s Art Gallery Department since 2003. He earned his BFA at GVSU in 2001 and his MFA at Kendall College of Art and Design in 2009. After receiving his MFA, Dru taught drawing courses at Kendall and at Grand Valley. His responsibilities at the Art Gallery include matting and framing of artwork as well as exhibit and building installations. He is also a local artist that focuses on painting and drawing. Examples of his artwork are on permanent display in the GVSU collection and at the Betty Van Andel Opera Center in Grand Rapids.
Director of Galleries and Collections
As Director of Galleries and Collections, Henry Matthews organizes exhibition and related diverse education programs, manages the university's extensive art collections and seeks ways to connect the university to art communities around the world. He was formerly Director of the Muskegon Museum of Art and Staff Member of the Detroit Institute of Arts. A native of Austria, Matthews has conducted dozens of world wide tours over the past 25 years.
Assistant Director of Galleries and Collections
Cathy has over 32 years experience managing a successful fine arts business and is an active member of the West Michigan Arts Community. With 15 years of experience studying, working and traveling in Europe and abroad, Cathy has comprehensive knowledge and interest in local, national and international art and artists. Incorporating her commitment to providing a rich multicultural experience to GVSU students, she has organized the selection, placement and installation of artwork in more than 15 new building projects at GVSU since she began in 2000. Marashi is a graduate of Schiller International University in Paris, France and is a member of the Grand Rapids Gallery Association.
Curator of Exhibitions
David is the Curator of Exhibitions with the Art Gallery Support Staff. He joined the GVSU community in 2013 following three-years as Curator of Art with the Wyoming State Museum. He previously held curatorial positions and organized exhibitions at the Gilcrease Museum, the Colorado Historical Society, the Dallas Historical Society and the Texas Fashion Collection. David holds a B.A. and M.F.A. in Theatrical Design and an M.A. in Museum Studies. He has served on both the national and regional boards for the Costume Society of America and served as a juror for art competitions in Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado and Wyoming.
As Program Coordinator for the Art Gallery, Stacey:
Stacey joined the GVSU Art Gallery in 2013 following her time as Program Coordinator with the American Museum of Magic. Previously she was Collections Manager at the Holland Museum and a curatorial assistant at the Public Museum of Grand Rapids. An active member of the Michigan Museums Association, Stacey served on the MMA’s Programs Committee. Enthusiastic about service and leadership, Stacey is honored to have studied at the “U of Z” while working with the Zingerman’s Community of Businesses, Ann Arbor, MI. Stacey holds a B.A. in Public History with an emphasis in museum studies from Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI and is seeking a Master of Public Administration degree at Grand Valley State University.