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The GVSU Art Gallery is committed to continuing to deliver content digitally to our community during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic to help tell our collective stories through visual literacy to help bring critical thinking and build empathy in our lives, whether in the classroom or within your home virtually.

“Creativity takes courage” - Henri Matisse

We work to encourage appreciation and understanding of art and its role in society through direct engagement with original works of art.


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Featured Exhibition

Shadow and Light - Selections from the Douglas R. Gilbert Photography Collection

Lake Ontario Hall, Allendale Campus
January 11 - June 16, 2021

Douglas R. Gilbert has been a serious photographer since the age of fourteen. When he was twenty-one, he joined the staff of Look magazine in New York as the second youngest photojournalist in the magazine’s history.  A few years later, he left Look to work as an artist and has since had his work published in countless national and international publications such as LIFEThe Saturday Evening Post and Glamour.

Shadow and Light includes 28 black and white silver gelatin prints from the Douglas R. Gilbert Photography Collection at Grand Valley State University. Over a period of ten years, Gilbert traveled throughout Italy to photograph the light and landscape that has drawn generations of artists. This selection looks specifically at the contrast and dynamic play of shadow and light on the architecture of Italian communities. [Read more.]

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