Exhibition Highlights

GVSU Art Gallery:

Winter 2014 -

The History of Space Photography
January 15 – March 21, 2014
- From the earliest black-and-white photographs of the moon to the most recent images taken from the Mars Curiosity rover, The History of Space Photography exhibition features 50 noteworthy images from the last 50 years of space exploration. 

These stunning and beautiful visuals, including video projections of celestial animations, were captured by astronauts, astronomers, and data visualization experts.   

Grand Valley State University Art Gallery had the pleasure to share these historic cosmic images with the university.  The History of Space Photography exhibition was organized by the California/ International Arts Foundation and was guest curated by Jay Belloli, former Director of Gallery Programs at the Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA.

BFA Exhibition:  Zone
March 31-April 3, 2014
- Zone was the senior exhibition for BFA students Alison Huffman, Rayne Klar, Jessica Loosenort, and Derek Thompson. Viewers were invited to experience each of the zones of gallery space, whether that zone was represented by an actual area of space, a feeling, idea, or even a movement.  Zone contained a wide variety of art, including touchable sculptures, interesting digital and visual art, colorful illustrations, and large, mural-like paintings.

BFA Exhibition:  Wide Open
April 7-10, 2014
- Wide Open was a group BFA thesis show, and included the work of five graduating students from Grand Valley State University’s Art & Design program.   Included in the exhibit was a selection of illustrations by Emily Hahn, Makayla Monroe and Parker Nugent and sculptures by Richelle Nuney and Sara Weimer.

School of Communications Photography Senior Thesis:  Effective Perspective
April 14-25, 2014 - The Grand Valley State University photography students showed their work in an exhibit, entitled Effective Perspective.   This group show included the work of 13 students and a wide variety of styles - photographic installations, image transfers, Polaroid abstraction, digital and film photographs.  The photography students' work included in this exhibit were:  Emily Alberts, Jessica Ball, Hillery Burgess, Mikki Fujimora, Amalia Heichelbach, Maria Kirch, Samantha Lackey, Robert Matthews, Mark Rheaume, Daniel Rolfe, Megan Sinderson, Kayla Sullivan, Molly Van De Wege

Fall 2014:

Shared Passion: A Gift of the Stuart and Barbara Padnos Foundation Collection
August 22 – October 31, 2014
Fall Arts Celebration Reception: September 11, 2014, 5-7 p.m.

 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.

School of Communications Fall 2014 Photography Senior Thesis:  framed Illumino
November 18 to December 5, 2014
Reception:  Thursday, November 20, 5-7 p.m.
Special Viewing:  Saturday, December 6, 3:30 - 5 PM

Featuring the work of:  Anthony Hart-Wilson, Megan Lendman, Danielle Lutz, Kelly Nash, Amanda Paul, Jacklyn Wengstrom.


Red Wall Gallery:

Winter 2014 -

The Muslim Graves in Southeast Michigan
January 6  March 14, 2014 - Muslims have been in Southeast Michigan for well over a century. They are buried in at least 20 different places. In their burial styles, they are not a uniform community but are a mosaic of diverse ethnic and religious sub-communities drawn from around the world. They include individuals from at least 26 different countries, former countries, or special ethnic or religious groups. Many of these have their own ways of expressing their final sentiments. Some stones emphasize faith in God; others emphasize national or ethnic heritage, hobbies, clubs, affiliations, happy marriages, or proud military service. Ronald R. Stockton, Professor of History, University of Michigan-Dearborn created the 39 photographs in the exhibit, demonstrate the incredible diversity of this complex population.

fishladder and Student Scholars Day Exhibition
March 24 – April 21, 2014 - An exhibition of selections from the award winning Fishladder: Student Journal of Art and Writing celebrating the scholarship and creativity of Grand Valley State University students.  Fishladder is a student-run journal that publishes student fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, drama, photography, and art. Students from all disciplines in the university are encouraged to submit work in all styles, genres, and forms. fishladder student staff members carefully consider submissions, and final decisions are made by the editors. The yearly print edition is unveiled every April, with copies available in Lake Ontario Hall and across the Allendale campus. The online edition is updated annually and archived continually.

For more information on how to submit fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, drama, art, or photography, please visit the website http://www.fishladder.wordpress.com

Fall 2014 -

PIC Pics
August 22 - October 22, 2014

Open House:  Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 4- 6 PM
GVSU students and alumni who have studied abroad were invited to enter PIC PICS 2014, a study abroad photo contest!

Finalists' work will be printed by Padnos International Center and displayed in the Red Wall Gallery (Outside 130 Lake Ontario Hall). All GVSU students, faculty & staff are invited to vote for your favorite images.

Voters must cast their ballots in person in 130 Lake Ontario Hall between August 25 and September 12. There will not be an online voting option.
Categories to vote on are: MY CLASSROOM ABROAD – Educational moments, inside and outside the classroom, GETTING LOST – Your personal journey abroad,  PEOPLE – Portraits or snapshots of the people you met abroad, THE GREAT OUTDOORS – Landscapes, wildlife & nature, CELEBRATION, TRADITION & RITUAL – Events, interactions & experiences with the host culture, LAKERS ABROAD – Photo of you or a fellow student wearing GVSU apparel.

Prizes for the winners and honorable mentions include an iPad Mini and GVSU apparel.  Their work will also be printed and displayed by the GVSU Art Gallery and will become part of the GVSU permanent collection. 

Click here for more information about the contest.

And the winners are....

1st Place: Michelle Bouwkamp
Country: China 
Category: Celebration, Tradition & Ritual

2nd Place: Megan Prangley 
Country: Ireland
Category: Lakers Abroad

3rd Place: Kaila Kaltrider
Country: Spain
Category: People

Honorable Mentions

Sarah Aman (Ghana)
Max Spencer (Ecuador)
Ann Sun (Austria)

Linnea Marks (India)
Katie LaRue (Costa Rica)
Michael Dykstra (Peru)

Kirk Rasmussen (India)
Bethany Ryder (Ecuador)
Anthony Dart (Ecuador)

Kirk Rasmussen (India)
Michael Dykstra (Peru)
Ethan Hunter (Japan)

Emily Wyble (Tanzania)
Emily Lowing (Australia)
Kara Bremer (South Africa)

Kelsey Holwerda (China)
Audrey Tensen (Czech Republic)
Colleen Unsworth (Ecuador)

China: The Life of the Civilian
Dates: January 5 to April 25, 2015 - Life in the sprawling city of Kunming, in southwest China, reminded Grand Valley State University student photographer, Megan Lendman of the vitality of Chicago or New York City.  Megan’s images of her month-long study trip to Kunming capture both the exotic and the familiar; while exploring the often times remarkable similarities and differences of our two cultures.


West Wall Gallery:

Winter 2014 -

Les Nabis: French Prophets of Modern Art, A Selection from the Robert L. Hoskins and Erwin A. Raible Collection of Fin de Siècle French Prints. A Gift of Elaine Rutowski Shay
August 23, 2013 - Friday, April 25, 2014
- The word “Nabis” means prophet in Hebrew and Arabic and was a term applied to a rebellious group of young art students at the Académie Julian in Paris, France. The poet Henri Cazalis (1840 - 1909) coined the term “Les Nabis” by drawing parallels between these artists, who aimed to revitalize painting much as the ancient Jewish prophets rejuvenated Israel. This movement set an avant-garde pace for art, one that was distinctly different from the Impressionist painters who used small, thin brush strokes to emphasize accurate depictions of light. Erv Raible began collecting when he and his business partner opened cabaret and piano bar style clubs in New York City. A critical question they faced was, “what should the club's ambiance be?” One of the clubs Raible revitalized had chandeliers that resembled Moulin Rouge in the 1890s and Raible quickly thought of the artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Fin de siècle French prints became the collectors’ focus. GVSU acquired this collection of French Prints in 2009 and has made numerous reproductions since for display purposes. This French print collection today may be found on the GVSU Allendale Campus, Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus, and the Detroit Center.


Thornapple Room:

Winter 2014 -

California Dreams: An Exhibit of Antique Fruit Crate Labels from the Collection of David King
January 6 – April 26, 2014
- In 1870, Los Angeles was a dusty, southern California ranch town of 5,000 inhabitants on the meandering Porcincula River. By 1876, the Southern Pacific Railroad reached the town and made it possible to ship a new, locally cultivated variety of orange to the big, eastern and mid-western markets. The big, sweet and seedless Navel orange variety was a huge success “back East”. Demand for the newly available fruit was unprecedented.

Orange groves rapidly proliferated and it soon became necessary for individual growers to brand and indemnify their fruit. The orange crate label was born. This unique marketing form lasted only about 70 years—from 1880 to 1950—when wooden crates were replaced by cheaper cardboard boxes—but provides a fascinating and colorful history of the region and of this uniquely California industry.

California Dreams was an exhibition of orange crate labels from the collection of David King, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design, Grand Valley State University.