The permanent collection now numbers over 12,000 works of art, most of which are on view in university buildings on campuses in Allendale, Grand Rapids, Holland, Muskegon, Traverse City and Detroit. The collection features works in a wide range of media by faculty, students and alumni, and many of Michigan's finest visual artists, including one of the largest collections of drawings, prints, and paintings by Steven Duren. Numerous works by renowned national and international artists, including Sam Gilliam, Olga and Alexander Florensky, and Cyril Lixenberg, enhance the collection. In addition, the collection boasts a number of outstanding gifts by patrons and friends of the university.
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Grand Valley State University owns over 12,000 works of art, collected in support of its educational mission. The majority of these works are displayed throughout university facilities in Allendale, Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Traverse City, Detroit, and Holland. Grand Valley’s Print & Drawing Cabinet preserves 3,000 museum quality works of art on paper. Its growing holdings offer students of art and a variety of other academic discipline rich opportunities for studying, learning and research.
The Cabinet was created from several outstanding gifts of prints, drawings and photographs. The first of these donations, made in 2001 by the English-born, Dutch artist Cyril Lixenberg, consists of more than 300 of his own silk screen prints. The gift includes every print produced in the course of his notable 40-year career and is continually augmented by the artist.
In 2002, the growing Cabinet collection was further enhanced by the Brooks family’s donation of 500 prints by contemporary Dutch artists. Their gift also included sufficient funding to help establish the set up for a permanent Print & Drawing Cabinet. One year later, faculty members Ann and David Keister pledged a gift of several hundred Master Printer’s Proofs by contemporary American artists.
In addition to these donations, the collection has grown through acquisitions of original broadsides by Mexican artist Jose Guadalupe Posada, works on paper by the contemporary Russian husband and wife team, Olga and Alexander Florensky, Chinese Calligraphy by various contemporary masters, and the Lyle Rouse Vintage Postcard collection.
The public is invited for private viewings by appointments. To schedule an appointment please contact the Gallery at (616) 331-2563.