Art Collection Database

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The GVSU Art Collection consists of more than 25,000 works of art including public sculpture, prints and drawings, American Impressionism, international art, photography, contemporary art, and more. Artists represented in the collection range from GVSU faculty, students, and alumni; to regional Michigan artists; to nationally and internationally renowned artists. Most of the collection is on view and can be found throughout university buildings on campuses in Allendale, Grand Rapids, Holland, Muskegon, Traverse City, and Detroit. GVSU's art collection database offers many search features as well as a login function that enables users to create, save, and share searches.

Not sure where to start? Try one of the search methods below.

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Browse by Academic Topic

Artwork grouped by topic, field of study, or other academic-based categories.

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Health & Healing

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Queer Theory

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View Featured Collections

The Art Collection is made up of many smaller collections that share a single origin whether it's the artist, donor, time period, medium or another common trait. 

Aboriginal Art Collection example

Aboriginal Art

Mathias Alten example

Mathias Alten

Contemporary Dutch Prints example

Contemporary Dutch Prints

Fin de Sicle French Prints example

Contemporary Dutch Prints

The Art of India example

The Art of India

Jose Guadalupe Posada example

Jose Guadalupe Posada

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Lieberman Collection

Mike McDonnell example

Mike McDonnell

Shared Passion example

Shared Passion

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Search for Art by Building

Almost half of the GVSU Art Collection is on public view in and around campus buildings. Artwork inside buildings is typically selected in collaboration with department and program faculty and staff, and supports learning in those spaces. 

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Lake Huron Hall, Allendale Campus

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DeVos Center for Interprofessional Health, Health Campus

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L.V. Eberhard Center, Pew Campus

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Open Source

GVSU utilizes the open source collection management system Collective Access to manage the visual art collection. Collective Access is free open-source software for managing and publishing museum and archival collections.

The GVSU Art Gallery is an active leader and contributor to the global Collective Access community and has created Collective Access Local Consortium for area users.


For additional information, please contact:

Nicole Webb
Collections Manager