GVSU Art Gallery

Fall 2014:
August 22 – October 31, 2014
Opening Reception: September 30, 2014, 5-7 p.m.
Throughout their long marriage, businessman and philanthropist Stuart Padnos and his wife Barbara amassed a notable collection of art filling their waterfront home in Holland, Michigan. The collection served as an overview of both European and American art of the twentieth century and as a legacy to the couple’s evolving artistic aesthetic and wide range of interests. The couple’s shared passion for collecting joined notable international names such as Marc Chagall, Raoul Dufy, Joan Miro and Paul Emile Pissarro with American regionalist artist Thomas Hart Benton, Childe Hassam, Grandma Moses and Mathias Alten.
The Stuart and Barbara Padnos Foundation gifted a significant portion of the couple’s art collection to Grand Valley State University in 2013. Previously, in memory of his wife’s adventurous and open-minded spirit, Stuart Padnos established the Barbara H. Padnos International Scholarship for Grand Valley students. In 2005, Stuart established the Stuart and Barbara Padnos Chair in Art and Design to promote the teaching of art at Grand Valley, and the exhibition space in the Calder Art Center was named to honor the couple’s generosity and commitment to the arts.
In addition to the GVSU Art Gallery exhibits, Grand Valley State University continues to showcase the works of graduating seniors from the Department of Art & Design and the School of Communications in a series of one and two-week exhibits at the end of each semester.
BFA Exhibition
November 10 – November 14, 2014
Closing Reception: November 13, 2014, 5 - 7 p.m.
School of Communications Photography Senior Thesis Exhibition
November 17 – December 5, 2014
Opening Reception: November 20, 2014, 5 - 7 p.m.
Winter 2015:
Veracity, Distortion, Reduction
January 15 – March 20, 2015
Opening Reception: January 15, 2015, 5 - 7 p.m.
An exhibition of recent works marking the retirement of Grand Valley State University art professor Ed Wong-Ligda. The coordinator of illustration in the Department of Art & Design, Wong-Ligda has been associated with GVSU since 1996.
Wong-Ligda completed his undergraduate work in Advertising Design and Illustration at Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. He has a MFA in painting is from the University of Tulsa. Among his clients as a designer/illustrator are Benjamin Cummings, Cheshire Books, Dell Publishing and Van Nostrand Reinhold.
His works are in many private and public collections including the Grand Rapids Community Foundation, the Public Museum of Grand Rapids, Appalachian State University, the State of Oregon, the State of Missouri and Grand Valley State University.
In addition to the GVSU Art Gallery exhibits, Grand Valley State University continues to showcase the works of graduating seniors from the Department of Art & Design and the School of Communications in a series of one and two-week exhibits at the end of each semester.
BFA Exhibition
April 6 – 10, 2015
Closing Reception: April 9, 2015, 5 - 7 p.m.
School of Communications Photography Senior Thesis Exhibition
April 13 – April 25, 2015
Opening Reception: TBA
Located at 1121 Performing Arts Center on the Allendale Campus. All exhibits and free and open to the public.

Red Wall Gallery

Fall 2014:
PIC’s Pics
August 22 - October 22, 2014

GVSU students and alumni who have studied abroad were invited to enter PIC PICS 2014, a study abroad photo contest!
Finalists' work will be printed by Padnos International Center and displayed in the Red Wall Gallery (Outside 130 Lake Ontario Hall). All GVSU students, faculty & staff are invited to vote for your favorite images.
Voters must cast their ballots in person in 130 Lake Ontario Hall between August 25 and September 12. There will not be an online voting option.
Categories to vote on are: MY CLASSROOM ABROAD – Educational moments, inside and outside the classroom, GETTING LOST – Your personal journey abroad,  PEOPLE – Portraits or snapshots of the people you met abroad, THE GREAT OUTDOORS – Landscapes, wildlife & nature, CELEBRATION, TRADITION & RITUAL – Events, interactions & experiences with the host culture, LAKERS ABROAD – Photo of you or a fellow student wearing GVSU apparel.
Prizes for the winners and honorable mentions include an iPad Mini and GVSU apparel.  Their work will also be printed and displayed by the GVSU Art Gallery and will become part of the GVSU permanent collection. 

China: The Life of the Civilian
October 27 – December 10, 2014
Winter 2015:
Work by Bill Hosterman
January 5 – March 13, 2015
fishladder and Student Scholars Day Exhibition
March 23 – April 17, 2015
Opening Reception: TBA
An exhibition of selections from the award winning fishladder: Student Journal of Art and Writing celebrating the scholarship and creativity of Grand Valley State University students.  fishladder is a student-run journal that publishes student fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, drama, photography, and art. Students from all disciplines in the university are encouraged to submit work in all styles, genres, and forms. Fishladder student staff members carefully consider submissions, and final decisions are made by the editors. The yearly print edition is unveiled every April, with copies available in Lake Ontario Hall and across the Allendale campus. The online edition is updated annually and archived continually.
Watch for this exhibit in Lake Ontario Hall, Allendale Campus

Blue Wall Gallery
Fall 2014:
Home Run: Laker Baseball Goes to Cuba
July 2014 – December 2014
Mr. Tim Selgo, Director of Athletics at Grand Valley, established a policy that encouraged and provided resources for select GVSU inter-collegiate sport teams to travel abroad to compete and have a cultural experience.  When the international travel opportunity was presented to Coach Lyon by Mr. Selgo, Cuba was the choice.  GVSU would be the second college baseball team in U.S. History to play baseball in Cuba.  In addition to the baseball competition, the GVSU players were able to participate in the life of Havana as tourists and also assist in the work of FHA (First Hand Aid).
Haiti’s Children: Hope Amidst the Rubble
July 2014 – December 2014

The country of Haiti, a short hour and a half plane trip from the U.S., was hit by a massive earthquake in January, 2010, that killed between 46,000 and 86,000 Haitians, according to recently revised figures.  Several hundred thousand remain in patchwork tent cities in and around the capital now, nearly 4 years later, complicated by no infrastructure, 85% unemployment, no real industry or raw materials, a dysfunctional government, and alleged corruption throughout the country.  

In 2012, Dr. Steven L. Smith from the Grand Valley School of Social Work, spent his sabbatical working in Haiti among some of the many tent cities in Port-au-Prince, and also worked in a private orphanage, and a new school for restavek (indentured servant) children built through the missionary efforts of several U.S. citizens.  Part of his work included a documentary photographic essay of the children and family situations he encountered during his time there.  Dr. Smith expected, and found, a living environment that, for many, included horrible shelter and sanitary conditions, inadequate food, water, medical and psychological care, and a non-functioning economy.  However, many children not only survived, but also thrived in conditions that are far more brutal than some of the worst poverty in the United States. These Haitian children, mostly living a meager daily existence without regular clean water and sporadic food consisting of mostly beans and rice, were happy, hopeful and created a sense of normalcy amidst the chaos that consumed the adults. This photo essay intersperses stories of tragedy with photographs of these children, in a surprising picture of surprising hope amidst the rubble.
Winter 2015:
Watch for this NEW exhibition space in the Richard M. DeVos Center, Building B, Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus

West Wall Gallery
Les Nabis: French Prophets of Modern Art, A Selection from the Robert L. Hoskins and Erwin A. Raible Collection of Fin de Siècle French Prints. A Gift of Elaine Rutowski Shay
August 2014 – May 2015
The word “Nabis” means prophet in Hebrew and Arabic and was a term applied to a rebellious group of young art students at the Académie Julian in Paris, France. The poet Henri Cazalis (1840 - 1909) coined the term “Les Nabis” by drawing parallels between these artists, who aimed to revitalize painting much as the ancient Jewish prophets rejuvenated Israel. This movement set an avant-garde pace for art, one that was distinctly different from the Impressionist painters who used small, thin brush strokes to emphasize accurate depictions of light.

Erwin Raible began collecting when he and his business partner opened cabaret and piano bar style clubs in New York City. A critical question they faced was, “what should the club's ambiance be?” One of the clubs Raible owned had chandeliers that resembled Paris’ famed Moulin Rouge in the 1890s and Raible quickly thought of the artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Fin de siècle French prints became the collectors’ focus.

GVSU acquired this collection of French Prints in 2009 and has made numerous reproductions since for display purposes. This French print collection today may be found on the GVSU Allendale Campus, Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus, and the Detroit Center.

Located in the L. V. Eberhard Center, Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus

Thornapple Gallery


Student Artwork for New Science Laboratory Building
August 2014 – May 2015
The Art Gallery acquires artworks from students in the Art & Design Department and School of Communications to add to the collection whenever possible. The pieces on display in the Thornapple Room are examples of what has been acquired for inclusion in the new Science Laboratory Building, currently under construction across from The Padnos Hall of Science.
This gallery is located on the lower floor of the Russell L. Kirkhof Center, Allendale Campus

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.
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.

Located in the Richard M. DeVos Center, Building E, Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids  Campus.  Free and open to the public.  Hours are:  1 – 5 PM Fridays and Saturdays

ArtPrize 2014:

GVSU ArtPrize Venue

September 24 - October 12, 2014

For more details click here


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