The GVSU Art Gallery organizes and maintains exhibitions in six gallery spaces across the Allendale and Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids campuses. Our main gallery is in the Thomas J. and Marcia J. Haas Center for Performing Arts. The George and Barbara Gordon Gallery, in the Richard M. DeVos Center on the Pew Grand Rapids campus, features the work of local painter Mathias Alten who lived and worked in Grand Rapids in the early 20th century.
Each semester we activate all our gallery spaces with new exhibitions and offer learning events and resources that help guests engage with the work on display. For gallery locations, directions, and parking information, visit our Galleries page.
GVSU Art Gallery organizes and maintains an active exhibition schedule in six different gallery spaces across two campuses. A few of these space are pictured below. To see a list of current exhibitions, visit our Current Exhibitions page.
Each semester, we work with faculty from Visual and Media Arts programs to facilitate exhibitions of student work to fulfill their graduation requirements.
Each spring in the Kirkhof Center Wall Gallery we present a selection of visual and written works of art from the student-run publication fishladder. It is typically hosted in conjunction with Student Scholars Day (SSD), an event celebrating the scholarship, research, and creative work performed by GVSU students from the past year.
The GVSU Art Gallery values faculty research, scholarship, and engagement. The following exhibitions exhibitions exemplify our dedication to uplift and showcase faculty work across a variety of disciplines.
Community and Institutional Collaborations
The GVSU Art Gallery often participates in university-wide and city-wide arts events and celebrations. A few notable events include ArtPrize, an independent international art competition in downtown Grand Rapids, and the GVSU Arts Celebration, a series of arts programs and events throughout the academic year open to anyone in the West Michigan community. Use the links below to learn more.
View our collection of exhibition catalogs, published in honor of a select number of exhibitions and collections.
Proposals and Inquiries
The GVSU Art Gallery considers exhibition proposals from artists or curators, of all backgrounds and experiences, for our traditional gallery space in the Haas Center for Performing Arts (PAC) or any of our wall galleries across the Allendale and Pew Grand Rapids campuses. Proposals are typically considered for 1-2 years in advance. Funding for shipping and installation may be available. If you have questions in advance of submitting your proposal, contact Joel Zwart; [email protected]
Questions about an exhibition? Contact Curator of Exhibitions and Collections, Joel Zwart; [email protected]