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Meet the Staff

Art Gallery Staff


 

Ellen Adams
Assistant Professor, Frederik Meijer Honors College
adamsell@gvsu.edu


Colleen Bazuin

Colleen Bazuin
Secretary
bazuinc@gvsu.edu

Colleen enjoys working in the Art Gallery and appreciates the beautiful campus, fellow employees, and amazing students she meets everyday. She lives nearby with her husband of 40+ years, Cal.  They have two married children and three wonderful grandchildren. Colleen and Cal breed English Setters and also have a English Pointer and a British Labrador Retriever. Besides her family and her dogs, other interests are reading, flower gardening, and anything British.


Alison Christensen

Alison Christensen
Project Manager
chrisali@gvsu.edu
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Alison received a B.F.A. from Grand Valley State University in 2004. Upon graduation, she started working at Lafontsee Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI. 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 exhibition designer. She was a board member for the DAAC (Division Avenue Arts Cooperative), and still is a volunteer for various Avenue for the Arts events.  Alison joined the Art Gallery in 2009 as a Preparator for the rotating and permanent exhibitions of Grand Valley State University’s extensive art collection.  In 2015, Alison became the Art Gallery Project Manager, working on unique projects like a Mathias Alten hard cover book and fulfilling art requests for the GVSU faculty and staff.  Alison is currently pursuing a Masters in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership degree at GVSU.


Jenniffer Eckert

Jenniffer Eckert
Office Coordinator
eckertj@gvsu.edu

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.


Nathan Kemler

Nathan Kemler
Curator of Collections Management
kemlern@gvsu.edu
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As Curator of Collections Management for the Art Gallery, Nathan:

  • Manages and cares for the university's entire art collection
  • Works to make the collection accessible and encourages engagement of it to the GVSU community
  • Coordinates all collection-related research requests, loans, reproduction rights, and digital asset management

Nathan serves as a board member to the American Museum of Magic, is a peer reviewer for the American Alliance of Museums Assessment Program in the areas of Collection Stewardship and Community Engagement, and is active on committees for the Michigan Museums Association in the areas of professional development and programs. 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

Dru King
Preparator
kingan@gvsu.edu

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.


Henry Matthews

Henry Matthews
Director of Galleries and Collections
matthewh@gvsu.edu

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.


Cathy Marashi

Cathy Marashi
Assistant Director of Galleries and Collections
marashic@gvsu.edu

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.


Stacey Tvedten

Stacey Tvedten
Programs Manager
tvedtens@gvsu.edu
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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

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 has served on the MMA’s Programs Committee and is currently chair of MMA's Events Team. 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 and is chair of Grand Valley State University's AP Professional Development Subcommittee.  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.