Art + Learning

Prof. Alexa Miller leading a group of GVSU students in a workshop about looking with intent.

Learning experiences and resources related to the art collection and exhibitions are available here for GVSU faculty, students, and the broader community. The GVSU Art Gallery collects, exhibits, and interprets visual art to foster experiential learning and cultural engagement. Artwork from the collection and exhibitions can be found in 130 buildings and outdoor locations on all GVSU campuses. The Art Gallery encourages and supports the integration of art into every classroom.

Learning through visual art can: 

  • improve visual literacy,
  • foster creative and critical thought,
  • encourage empathy and cross-cultural understanding, and
  • provide avenues for personal reflection.

Resources for Faculty

The Art Gallery supports faculty instruction by providing access to more than 19,000 works of art from across the globe and teaching tools to engage students in visual thinking strategies.

GVSU Art Collection Online 
The links below will take you to specific content within the online Art Collection.

Art at GVSU Mobile Application
Use the Art at GVSU app to search for artworks by location, subject, or artist. Available in the app store.

We present annual exhibitions that explore the intersection of artistic expression and other fields of study. Bring your class to a gallery this semester to explore artwork through the lens of your curriculum. Learning guides are available.

Teaching Tools
Use the art collection to engage visual thinking strategies in your teaching or dive into visual literacy pedagogy. Collaborate with Art Gallery staff to create cross-disciplinary learning experiences that link the visual arts to other fields of study. 


GVSU faculty integrate art into their courses in many ways! Faculty bring their classes to the galleries to view exhibitions, they use artworks from the collection in their course assignments, and more. Visit the Art in the Classroom webpage to view examples of faculty integrating the art collection into their courses. 

YES! The GVSU Art Gallery is actually multiple gallery spaces across two campuses. Classes may visit during open hours or faculty may schedule a tour. In addition, our art collection is on view throughout every GVSU building. Please contact us if you need assistance in finding artwork or scheduling a class visit.

Resources for Students

Students are invited to engage with the art collection, explore exhibitions, and participate in learning events. Use the links below to learn more.

Job opportunities for GVSU students with the art gallery are available each semester. Student worker positions support a variety of roles at the gallery including the installation and care of artwork, supporting the online collection database, managing social media, and supporting educational programming. Student employees often contribute to the 'Student Perspectives on the Art Collection' blog as well. Visit the Handshake portal to view and apply for available positions. 

GVSU students are invited to submit their thoughts on an artwork (or series of artworks) from the Collection. Perhaps you've noticed a particularly compelling painting in your res hall? Or maybe you can't stop looking at the sculpture outside your classroom? Or you've browsed the online Art Collection and found a series of artworks that speak to you! Gather your thoughts, type up 200-300 words and submit your perspective via the online form to be published on the Student Perspectives on the Art Collection blog

Prompts to get you started writing...

  • Does this artwork remind you of a story you read, a game you played, a moment from your childhood, or some other personal narrative?
  • What do you think this artwork is about? What is the artist trying to say?
  • Does this artwork connect to something you're learning in class?

Get Connected

Attend An Event
Attend An Event

Check our calendar for upcoming exhibition events and learning opportunities. 

Share Your Success
Share Your Success

Faculty, are you using the university's art collection in your classroom instruction?
Please tell us about it.



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Today’s #MuseumMomentofZen; Sheila Grant's 'Sky II'. “[My creative process] explores my inner, wordless dialogue and feelings, and uses the canvas as a visual record of that process.”

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