Permanent Collection

The Collection

Students, faculty, staff, and visitors can enjoy artworks from the permanent collection while walking through university buildings or strolling across campuses. The permanent collection is available both physically and online for use as a teaching and learning tool for class discussions, to supplement or inspire individual and collaborative research or creative work, or as an opportunity to take a break from working and studying.

A collection of over 12,000 works of art features public sculpture, prints and drawings, American Impressionism, Aboriginal art, Indian art, world photography, contemporary art, and more. Artists represented in the collection range from GVSU faculty, students, and alumni; to regional Michigan artists; to nationally and internationally renowned artists. Most of the collection is on view and can be found throughout university buildings on campuses in Allendale, Grand Rapids, Holland, Muskegon, Traverse City, and Detroit.

The collection also consists of over 3,000 works on paper that form the GVSU Print and Drawing Cabinet.

Visit our online collection to browse topics that interest you anywhere from Anatomy to World Languages, view the entire collection, save your favorites, and share with your friends and colleagues.

On the move? Take the collection with you using our "Art at GVSU" mobile app for Apple and Android devices.

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Have art that you would like to donate to GVSU? We are actively collecting works of art that support our mission and vision.

Please be sure to include your contact information, and a detailed description (including pictures) of the item(s) you would like to donate.

  • Always make arrangements with GVSU Art Gallery staff before bringing your donation to the university. We have special procedures and legal paperwork that must be filled out to document all donations.
  • Donation offers are reviewed by GVSU Art Gallery staff. Please note, we cannot possibly accept every donation that is offered. Museum staff will notify potential donors whether or not their donation has been accepted.
  • Because the Grand Valley State University is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, donations accepted are tax-deductable. Donors are responsible for establishing the value of their donation for tax purposes, GVSU cannot provide appraisals or recommend specific appraisers.

Contact Us

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.