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Shared Passion: A Gift of the Stuart and Barbara Padnos Foundation Collection

Date and Time:

Thursday, September 25, 2014
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM


  • Performing Arts Center » 1121 - GVSU Art Gallery


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.


The Fall Arts Celebration for the visual arts will be held on Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 5-7 p.m.  For more information on the Fall Arts Celebration CLICK HERE or contact Linda VanDenBrink (616) 331-2185.


This exhibit is ongoing through October 31, 2014. Gallery hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 AM to 5 PM and Thursday from 10 AM to 7 PM.  Free and open to the public. 



Art Gallery, 616-331-2563


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