Exhibition Highlights

GVSU Art Gallery, 1121 Performing Arts Center:

Winter 2010 -

Enduring Traditions: History and Meaning in Southwest Pueblo Indian Pottery, Selections from the Public Museum, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Monday, January 11 to Friday, March 19, 2010 - Over one hundred years ago pottery making by Pueblo Indians in the American Southwest was transformed from the manufacture of utilitarian objects for everyday use to craft production for the tourist trade. Featured in this exhibition were distinctive ceramics from several pueblos, collected in the late 19th through the mid 20th century, including works by Maria Martinez, one of the most famous Native American potters of the 20th century. This was the first of a series of exhibitions planned by the GVSU Art Gallery that will focus on the rich diversity of the Native American cultures of the Americas.

BFA Exhibit:  Passions.BODYSCAPES
Monday, April 5 to Thursday April 8, 2010 - Artists Alicia Polk - Illustrator Cheyenne Bonnell - Painting

BFA Exhibit:  poeticizing
Monday, April 12 to Thursday, April15, 2010 - Artists Cam DeCaussin - Illustration Sarah DeKievit - Metals Caitlin Freeman - Illustration

The School of Communications Photography Senior Thesis Show 2010: BANGARANG!
April 20 to May 1, 2010 -  Artists showing their work were Lauren Bailey, Dana Bloodworth, Tonia Hauser, Tina Jacobson, Bethany Nolin, Athena Placencia, Jenna Raber, Lauren Shahly, Darcy Shinew, Nicole Somerville, and Rob Wilkinson

Fall 2010, Grand Valley State University's 50th Anniversary -

2010 Fall Arts Celebration - MultiMedia I: Art & Design and School of Communications Faculty Celebrate Grand Valley State University's 50th Anniversary
Friday, August 27 to Friday, October 1, 2010
Opening reception: Wednesday, September 15, 5:00 to 7:00 PM
New works in a wide range of media including animation, installation, metals, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, textiles, video and works on paper by current tenure track faculty. This exhibit was presented in two parts. The faculty participating in this first exhibit were:  Anna Campbell, Jill Eggers, William Hosterman, Ann Kiester, David Rathbun, Barbara Roos, John Schmit, Lorelle Otis Thomas, Anthony Thompson, Victoria Veenstra, Richard Weis, Paul Wittenbraker, Ed Wong-Ligda, and Renee Zettle-Sterling.

2010 Fall Arts Celebration - MultiMedia II: Art & Design and School of Communications Faculty Celebrate Grand Valley State University's 50th Anniversary
Thursday, October 14 to Friday, November 19, 2010
Opening reception: Thursday, October 14, 5:00 to 7:00 PM

New works in a wide range of media including animation, installation, metals, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, textiles, video and works on paper by current tenure track faculty. The faculty that participated in this second exhibit were:  Collin Bradford, Brett Colley, Timothy Fisher, Dellas Henke, Virginia Jenkins, Hoon Lee, Deanna Morse, John Harper Philbin, Beverly J. Seley, Stafford Hiroshi Smith, Kirsten Strom, Norwood Viviano, and Katalin Zaszlavi

BFA Exhibit:  Allude                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Monday, December 6, 2010 - Thursday, December 9, 2010 - Artists Ashley Harriger, Illustrator and Mackenzie Whims, Ceramicists

For the first time - held at DeVos Place Skyway Gallery in conjunction with Grand Valley State University's 50th Anniversary -

Grand Valley State University Photography and Graphic Design Graduates Exhibit their Senior Thesis Work in Bling! Flash! Art! Part I
Wednesday, November 17 to Sunday, December 12, 2010 - The public was invited to attend the first collaborative GVSU Senior Thesis Showcase, part of Grand Valley State University's 50th Anniversary Celebration.  This year's show featured 12 photographers and 10 graphic designers, showcasing a flash into their experiences. 

Photographers that participated in Bling! Flash! Art! included:  Jessie Caron, Carol Dalrymple, Brittney Dickinson, Elizabeth Klueck, Nicole Lamson, Christina Mayer, Amanda Murphy, Krystal Rauwerda, Valentina Valdes, Sarah Truckey, Jamie Yeager, and Rosamaria Zamarron.

Graphic Designers that participated in Bling! Flash! Art! included:  Alexandria Baszler, Chelsea Chandler, Patrick K. Cook, Elise Hans, Justin James, Hannah Nester, Ashley Osborn, Andrew VanderVeen, Debra Weststrate, and Alaina Woloszyn.


Red Wall Gallery, Lake Ontario Hall:

Winter 2010:

Under our Feet: Archaeology, History and Culture on the Grand River
Monday, February 8 to Friday, March 19, 2010 - This exhibit guided you through several archaeological sites located on the Grand River, revealing the history and culture represented by remains that are literally 'under our feet.' The significance of these sites was discussed and representative artifacts from some of them were displayed.

Student Scholarship/fishladder Exhibition
Monday, April 5 to June, 2010 -  fishladder is Grand Valley's peer-reviewed journal of literature and arts. Red Wall in Lake Ontario Hall was the site for the gallery show of artwork, photography, and writing pieces.

Fall 2010, Grand Valley State University's 50th Anniversary -

New Selections form the Erwin Raible Collection of French Prints:  A Gift of Elaine Rutowski Shay
Friday, August 27 to Friday, October 1, 2010 - The Grand Valley State University Print and Drawing Cabinet now preserves a growing collection of more than 2,500 fine works of art on paper. Its holdings offer students of art and other academic disciplines rich opportunities of studying, learning and research. In 2009 Elaine Rutowski Shay generously donated a collection of Fin de Siècle French Prints with important work by Bonnard, Toulouse-Lautrec, Vaillard and others. This exhibit was held in conjunction with GVSU 50th Anniversary.

PIC Pics: A Study Abroad Photo Contest
Monday, October 11 to Thursday, December 9, 2010
VOTE: All current GVSU students, faculty & staff were invited to vote for their favorite photographs. Voters must cast their ballots in person in the Padnos International Center between October 15-30th. There was not an online voting option.
Prizes were awarded to 1st 2nd and 3rd place winners. The photographer with the most votes will receive a $500 travel voucher to any destination on the globe, second prize is a new iPod and third an apple shuffle. 
CATEGORIES: The contest was be organized by the following categories: ‘Where is Your Classroom?’ ‘Get Lost’ ‘Social Issues’ ‘Send Me There!’ ‘The Great Outdoors’ and ‘Celebration, Tradition, & Ritual.’
PIC PICS photo contest winners:  1st Place - Melanie Marquez, 2nd Place - Tonia Hauser, and 3rd Place - Andres Ortiz. 
Congrats to all who participated on making this an amazing show! There was an awards presentation for the winners on Tuesday, November 23rd at noon in front of the Red Wall Gallery.


West Wall Gallery, Eberhard Center:

Winter 2010 -

Brita Brookes
January 11 to July 16, 2010 - Brita Brookes Native American Photography was the fourth of a planned series of small exhibitions showcasing the work of Michigan artists to be featured on Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus. This exhibit displayed Brookes' experiences participating in Native American Pow Wows in the Three Fires Confederacy area of Michigan and Ontario. These photos reflect some of the qualities of light, dance, movement, texture, emotion and energy found at a Pow Wow event. Although she is not Native American in her personal heritage, she has been actively involved in the Native American community in Michigan, California, South Dakota, North Dakota and Ontario. She is a past Board Member of the American Indian Movement of Michigan, a member of the Press Committee for the Longest Walk 2, a freelance writer for both Indian Country Today and Uncensored News and has been taking Ojibwe Language classes under the teachings of Margaret Noori and Howard Kimewon at the University of Michigan for two years. Her heritage is Irish, English, and Latvian American and she grew up in the suburbs of Detroit. Upon graduating from high school she went on to obtain a degree in Architecture from the University of Michigan and a Masters in Architecture & Design from Harvard University where Photo Journalism became a surprise minor and a new hobby. Photography has always been her passport for learning about people and community.

Fall 2010, Grand Valley State University's 50th Anniversary -

Grand Valley State University Print and Drawing Cabinet: A Decade of Collection
Friday, August 27 to Friday, December 10, 2010 - A Print and Drawing Cabinet (PDC) is a collection of fine works on paper. Grand Valley State University’s PDC was established with an important gift of more than 300 original prints by Dutch artist, Cyril Lixenberg. In 2002, the collection was further enhanced by the Brooks family’s donation of 500 prints by contemporary Dutch artists. One year later, faculty members Ann and David Keister pledged a gift of several hundred Master Printer’s Proofs by contemporary American artists.

The collection has continued to grow with numerous acquisitions including original broadsides by Mexican artist Jose Guadalupe Posada, works on paper by influential Russian Mitki artists, Olga and Alexander Florensky, Chinese Calligraphy by modern masters, the Tyler gift of Prints, Indian Miniatures and donations from the noted contemporary printmaker, Steven Sorman.

The PDC has become an ongoing resource for students, the community and for future exhibitions.


Faculty/Staff Dining, Kirkhof Center:

Winter 2010 -

Alynn Guerra
January to April 2010 -
Printmaker Alynn Guerra was part of a planned series of small exhibitions showcasing the work of local artists. Guerra's first contact with printmaking was on the streets of Mexico City where 'Her Soul' is constantly portrayed in handmade posters glued on any surface available. Her favorite of these images were the ones created by ìel movimientoî, or the grass roots movement; she loved the bold expressive lines of their relief prints and the aggressiveness that spoke of social injustice. Later she learned about the close relationship between printmaking and social movements around the world, which has helped to shape her own artistic language. She creates art to help her understand and assimilate her everyday life tribulations. In her work you will find a broad range of themes: first creating the plate and giving it form with her hands, then inking and discovering the shape of the carved plate, and lastly pulling prints from the press. When she is finished with printing, the works are hung to dry: pinned in rows as if they were devoted militants ready to communicate her own personal messages.

Fall 2010, Grand Valley State University's 50th Anniversary -

Cyril Lixenberg: Selections from the Print and Drawing Cabinet
Friday, August 27 to December 10, 2010 - Internationally acclaimed Amsterdam-based artist, Cyril Lixenberg is a printmaker and sculptor of monumental steel works who has played an important role in modern Dutch art movements.

Lixenberg has become a familiar member of the West Michigan art community. His most recent public sculpture commission, Steel Water, is located along the Grand River next to the downtown J.W. Marriot Hotel. Lixenberg has donated to Grand Valley State University’s Print and Drawing Cabinet an original of every print produced in the course of his notable 40-plus year career, as well as small models of his large-scale steel sculptures.