Art and Learning Resources

The GVSU Art Gallery collects, manages, exhibits, and interprets the University's art collection to foster experience learning and art engagement within the GVSU community.  The Art Gallery promotes the idea of embracing art in order to improve one’s quality of life.  Interaction with art can inform social discourse, encourage civic dialogue, foster creative and critical thought, and provide avenues for personal reflection.

Incorporating Art in the Classroom

GVSU 2016-2021 Strategic Plan, Objective 3.D.4:
At least 15% of faculty integrate the institution's art collection into their curricula and use it in their instructional activities.

Share your project or use of art in the classroom with us.

Visual Literacy

The GVSU art collection consists of works of art from around the world spanning 1,600 years of history. It provides interdisciplinary opportunities for experience learning, curriculum integration, and informal learning experiences for students, faculty, staff, and the public. The entire collection may be viewed online at the Art Gallery's website or via the mobile application Art at GVSU.

The following categorical links were created in an effort to expedite searches for interdisciplinary studies: 

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Art in the Classroom - Faculty Profiles

Faculty-to-Faculty Profile Collection:
View examples of art integration in GVSU courses

Learning Initiatives & Pedagogical Approaches

To learn more about a particular initiative or teaching strategy, please select one of the following links:

Please visit the Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center for additional resources and information.

Contact Us

Stacey Burns
Programs Manager
LinkedIn Profile

As Programs Manager for the Art Gallery, Stacey:

  • Organizes programs, tours and other experiences related to Art Gallery exhibitions and collections 
  • Engages the Art Gallery’s online community through social media 
  • Coordinates Grand Valley State University’s participation as an ArtPrize© Venue


Finding Your Purpose with Art - LIB 100/201 APPROVED!

September 20, 2018 6:00 PM

Kimberly Walker is a 17-year retired, active duty Army Combat Veteran who is now claiming her voice as an artist. Kimberly, a current art student, won ArtPrize's Pitch Night Cincinnati and...

The War that Never Was: The 1938 Radio Broadcast of The War of the Worlds

October 17, 2018 1:00 PM

On October 30, 1938, Orson Welles and his Mercury Theatre production group gave a live radio broadcast adaptation of H.G. Wells’ classic 1897 science fiction story “The War of the Worlds.”...

Confronting the Martian: Humanity's Changing Concepts about Life on the Red Planet

October 18, 2018 1:00 PM

Human beings have always told stories about the planet Mars, starting with ancient civilizations who connected the celestial body to various deities. Once Mars was understood to be a planet, similar...

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