Exhibition Highlights

GVSU Art Gallery

Fall 2011 -

The School of Communications Photography Senior Thesis ExhibitionBLINKing
Monday, November 28 to Friday, December 9, 2011 - Fourteen inspiring student photographers from the School of Communications were featured in this senior thesis exhibition.

Each photographer has learned to let the shutter do the BLINKing as they capture a unique moment in time. Featured in the exhibition is work by: Elizabeth Bohr, Nakia Bole, Katie Daniels, Patrick Dove, Amber Felicioni, Emily Haapala, Lauren Hills, Stacey Kasbow, Kevin Kropf, Amy Rowland, Lindsey Ruedel, Julie Sannes, Kara VanderMolen, and David Vander Wiere.

BFA ExhibitionCircles
Monday, November 14 to Thursday, November 17, 2011 - Artists Amanda Wieczorek - Illustration, Jackie Jurgens - Print Making, Becky Bloem - Ceramics

Fall Arts Celebration:  Arte Argentino Actual/Contemporary Argentine Art
Thursday, October 6 to Friday, November 4, 2011 - A rich and diverse selection of paintings, prints, photographs and sculptures by Argentine artists Juan Batalla, Dany Barreto, Pedro Cugnasco, Gretchen Minnhaar and others reflected contemporary South American trends in art.  The exhibition included a wall of fifty-seven photographs, "Imagine Buenos Aires", depicted the city as interpreted by a group of 12 talented emerging photographers, curated by GVSU Latin American Studies Director, Dr. Zulema Moret. The exhibition was enhanced and supported with a series of music, dance, film, video and visiting artists programs.

American Cuisine: New Paintings by Tim Fisher
August 26 –September 23, 2011 - "The last few years, I’ve been making paintings of food and people in my culturally diverse, working class, west side Grand Rapids neighborhood. The subject of each portrait is the primary or delegated household cook and the materials needed to prepare a dish that exemplifies their identity.  The gender, presented cuisine, kitchen setting, various ingredients and presentation all signify actual or desired aspects of class, cultural background, aspects of assimilation, economic status and even beliefs system.

Each painting incorporates the dish’s ingredient’s weights and measures (still life), cooking locale (space), the individual’s representation (portrait), and together these reflect their history and culture(s).  All together, the paintings celebrate the subject’s ethnic and economic position and allow the viewer to actively connect, and if desired, decode and “commune” with the subject beyond passively observing the image as a likeness of the subject."

Spring/Summer 2011 -

Student Collective:  Recent Purchases
Monday, May 9 to Wednesday, August 10, 2011 - On display were works by the Department of Art & Design and School of Communications alumni acquired in the 2010-2011 academic year, during Grand Valley State University's 50th Anniversary.

Winter 2011 -

Graphic Design and Photography Senior Thesis Exhibition at DeVos Place

Photographers and Graphic Designers Exhibit their Senior Theses in:  Bling! Flash! Art! Part II
Thursday April 14 to Thursday April 28, 2011 - All were invited to attend the second collaborative GVSU Senior Thesis Showcase, part of Grand Valley State University’s 50th Anniversary Celebration. This year’s show features 15 Photographers and 14 Graphic Designers, presented a glimpse into their creative endeavors.

Contributing Photographers in Bling! Flash! Art! were: Mark Andrus, Laura Carlson, Sarah DeBol, Paul Evans, Jacqueline Garner, Bri Goodyear, Kristina Jeluso, Sarah Laman, Andrew Peregoy, Alyssa Joye, Krystal Rauwerda, Alysha Rutkowski, Neal Sosnowski, Alexander Wisniewski, and Lacey Wright.

Graphic Designers participating in Bling! Flash! Art! included: Katie Bajema, Jen Benson, Danielle Bernard, Elyse Flynn, Amanda French, Kelly Granbacka, Elise Hans, Meagan Krueger, Stephanie LeMire, Liz Marchetta, Lissa Marques, Tim Montie, Mike Schulz, and Ellen Yee.

BFA Exhibition:  en·gage
Monday, April 25 to Thursday, April 28, 2011 -
Please touch the art of:  Peter Antor - Sculptor, Jessi Essian - Painter, and Michele Keren Stitt - Illustrator

Winter 2011, Grand Valley State University's 50th Anniversary Celebration

Ravines Revisited
Monday, March 14 to Friday, April 15, 2011

Opening Reception:  Thursday, March 17, 2011 - Photographic essays by GVSU faculty artists Dellas Henke, Stanley Krohmer and Anthony Thompson, explored the beauty and complexity of the landscape, the effects of erosion and our complex relationship to the Allendale Campus Ravines. Complimenting the exhibit was work in a variety of media by students and additional faculty.  Held in conjunction with Grand Valley's 50th Anniversary.

MultiMedia III Alumni Invitational:  Art & Design and School of Communications Alumni Celebrate Grand Valley State University's 50th Anniversary
Monday, January 10 to Friday, February 25, 2011
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 13, 5-7pm - The GVSU Art Gallery invited former outstanding Art & Design and School of Communication students to showcase new work.  Participating were:  Nate Abramowski, Paul Amenta, Joel Berry, Jeremy Brooks, Jackie Cuppy, Ben DeHaan, Amy Feigley-Lee, Dean Foster,Jesse Gregg, Shilin Hora, Jo Hormuth, David Huang, Robyn Kane-Haberkorn, Richard Kooyman, Ashley Lieber, Kimberly Main Knoper, Hubert Massey, Patrick Millard, Jodie Mohrhardt, Michael Pfleghaar, Jenny Pope, Mark Rumsey, Jason D. Rutter, Sharon Sandberg, Amanda Stark, Amy Stienbarger, Briana Trudell, Julie Upmeyer, and Dan Watts


Red Wall Gallery

Winter 2011 -

Prints and Ancillary Objects from the GVSU Art Gallery's Print & Drawing Cabinet, Visiting Artist Program, Part of the 50th Anniversary Celebration
Fri, Dec 17 Fri, Mar 18, 2011 - Every year since 2005 the GVSU Art Gallery Print and Drawing Cabinet (PDC) invites a well-known artist to collaborate with Calder Art Center Printmaking faculty, David Keister, Dellas Henke and Steven Sorman and their students to produce a limited edition print. One print from each edition, preliminary drawings, printing elements and proofs are added to the PDC’s permanent collection. Printmakers will highlight the fascinating processes involved in printmaking and the finished prints of visiting artists Steven Sorman 2005, Sue Coe 2006, David Shapiro 2007, Karen Kunc 2008, Terry Winters 2009 and Endi Poskovic 2010.

fishladder and Student Scholars Day Exhibit, Part of the 50th Anniversary Celebration
Mon, Mar 28 – Fri, Apr 29, 2011 - Celebrating the award winning fishladder Student Journal of Art and Writing and the scholarship and creativity of Grand Valley State University students.

Fall 2011 -

Robert Koropp (1924-2008): Photographic Art
Monday, August 1 – Friday, October 14, 2011

Reception: Thursday, September 8, 2011, 4:30 PM - Robert Koropp was a true creative in the field of photography. He received his Masters Degree in chemistry and went on to study photography at the Art Center School in Los Angeles when he realized it was his real passion.  Koropp had a successful career in advertising with numerous high profile clients including Kellogg’s, First National Bank, Amoco, Mobil, Honeywell and Pentax. With a background in science and a desire to experiment, he created multiple bodies of work including experimental and micro photography, land and cityscape, still-life and motion images, and the list goes on.  He published several photography books and produced limited edition fine art prints for private and corporate collections.  This exhibition displayed a selection from a new gift from Daryl Fischer of 94 photos produced by her father, Robert Koropp, during his 5 decade career.

Celts, Copts and Abyssinians:  Photographs by Michael McClellan
October 17 - December 9, 2011
- The photographs in this exhibit were made over a period of more than twenty years using both analog and digital media.  A Foreign Service Office since 1984, McClellan's work had taken him to eight countries, including Egypt, Ireland, and Ethiopia.  His first book, "Monasticism in Egypt:  Images and Words of the Desert Fathers." was published by the American University of Cairo Press.  Now out of print, it is available on Kindle and other eBook formats.


Faculty Dining in Kirkhof Center:

Winter 2011 -

Cyril Lixenberg: Selections from the Print and Drawing Cabinet, Part of the 50th Anniversary Celebration
Jan 10, 2011- Apr 29, 2011 - 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.

Fall 2011 -

Tjukurrpa: Aboriginal Dreamtime Paintings, Works from the Grand Valley State University Permanent Collection
August 26 to December 9, 2011 - A selection of  Australian Aboriginal paintings created as part of the ceremonies celebrating Tjukurrpa or Dreamtime.  Tjukurrpa can be interpreted as an embodiment of creation that gives meaning to everything for the Australian Aboriginal people. It establishes the rules governing relationships between the people, land, animals and all things organic, inorganic and spiritual existing in tribal territories. These relationships, their details and stories are the inspiration of the Tjukurrpa paintings.


West Wall Gallery at Eberhard Center:

Winter 2011-

Print and Drawing Cabinet: A Decade of Collecting, Part of the 50th Anniversary Celebration
Jan 10, 2011- Apr 29, 2011 - 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 the 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.

Fall 2011 -

Rudy Pozzatti:  The Twelve Labors of Hercules
August 26 to December 9, 2011 - The Twelve Labors of Hercules suite is the culmination of Rudy Pozzatti's career-long interest in this mythological subject and its relevance to contemporary society.

Rudy Pozzatti is a distinguished Professor of Fine Arts Emeritus at Indiana University.  He is an internationally exhibited artist with an illustrious career spanning over sixty years.  Pozzatti is an esteemed artist, printmaker, and teacher who developed Indiana University's printmaking program, which is considered to be among the finest in the country.  His work has been the focus of numerous one-person exhibitions in various museums and galleries throughout the United States, Italy and Germany; and is included in many world-class collections including those of the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the National Gallery in Washington .DC.  Recently published by Normal Editions Work-shop, these large-scale lithographs showcase Pozzatti's master of drawing