Jazz Night concludes Shared Passion exhibit with evening of music and art

"The Storm" by Grandma Moses is one of 35 pieces of artwork in the "Shared Passions" Art Gallery exhibit that can be seen during Jazz Night on October 30.
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Three student jazz ensembles will create an evening of art and music during the Grand Valley State University Art Gallery’s Jazz Night on Thursday, October 30 from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center on the Allendale Campus.

This casual, open house-style event will feature the Shorter Jazz Combo, Coltrane Jazz Combo and Jogo Jobim while providing visitors with a final look at the more than 30 works of art given to Grand Valley from the Stuart and Barbara Padnos Foundation Collection.

“The idea of Jazz Night started out as giving the combos a chance to perform for their fellow students,” said Janet Christensen, Jazz Night coordinator and music student at Grand Valley. “The Art Gallery is an amazing space for music and we love the idea of combining our love of music and art.”

The “Shared Passion: A Gift of the Stuart & Barbara Padnos Foundation Collection” exhibit is being showcase in Grand Valley’s Art Gallery through October 31 as part of the university’s annual Fall Arts Celebration.

Throughout their marriage, businessman and philanthropist Stuart Padnos and his wife, Barbara, accumulated a significant collection of art — ranging from sculptures and paintings to works on paper. The foundation donated this significant portion of the couple’s art collection to Grand Valley in 2013.

“This generous gift of the Stuart and Barbara Padnos Foundation is a broad overview of 20th century American and European art movements, so there’s something for everyone,” said Stacey Tvedten, Art Gallery program coordinator.

After the conclusion of the exhibition, all works will be distributed throughout Zumberge Hall on the Allendale Campus for public display, with several of the sculptures being permanently exhibited on the building’s grounds.

For more information, contact Stacey Tvedten, Art Gallery program coordinator, at (616) 331-8055 or tvedtens@gvsu.edu.