Faculty and Staff Learning Resources

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The GVSU art gallery presents events, activities, and resources related to exhibitions, art on public view, and the permanent collection each semester to support faculty and engage students and community members. We also collaborate with departments and individual faculty to develop additional opportunities. And we host tours and visit classes throughout the year. Art Gallery User Experience and Learning Manager, Amanda Rainey, is available to support and collaborate with faculty and staff across the University. Each semester we create learning resources and experiential opportunities related to exhibitions and the collection.

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Exhibition Resources

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A quick-reference guide to exhibition themes as well as discussion prompts for educators to incorporate into their teaching.

Recommended Reading Lists

A list of exhibition-related books, articles, and other media available from the GVSU Libraries in a variety of formats including print and digital.

Events, both in-person and virtual, related to exhibitions throughout the year.

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Art Collection Resources

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Search by Academic Topic

The GVSU art collection consists of works of art from around the world spanning 1,600 years of history. The following mini-collections are curated by academic topic in an effort to expedite searches for interdisciplinary studies.

Browse by Medium

The collection includes a wide range of mediums. We've highlighted artwork in the collection from four major categories: photography, works on paper, sculpture, and paintings. These categories are then broken down even further by both the the raw materials with which the artwork was made and the history of the art form.

Visual Thinking Strategy

Visual Thinking Strategy (VTS) is an inquiry-based teaching method that improves a student's ability to describe, analyze, and interpret imagery and information through observing and discussing visual art. These resources will get you started.

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Lessons and Activities

A series of lesson plans and hands-on activities created for K-12 students inspired by artwork in the collection. The topic of lessons range from 19th century French prints to paintings created by local artists.

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Visual Literacy

The GVSU Art Gallery department supports visual literacy initiatives on campus. Visit the Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center's visual literacy resources page to learn more. 

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Classroom Visits and Collaborations

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Each semester we create learning resources and experiential opportunities related to exhibitions and the collection; view past collaborations. Art Gallery User Experience and Learning Manager, Amanda Rainey, is available to support and collaborate with faculty and staff across the University. 

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GVSU Art Gallery staff bring original works of art to the classroom. 

GVSU Art Gallery staff visit classrooms with original works of art, host groups of students in our art storage facility, provide customized tours of exhibitions, and collaborate on a variety of visual art and learning initiatives. Use this form to start a conversation about a visit, tour, or collaboration, an Art Gallery staff person will follow-up to make arrangements or continue the dialogue. 

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Contact Info


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Contact Us

For questions or collaboration inquiries contact UX/Learning Manager,
Amanda Rainey, raineyam@gvsu.edu.



Page last modified April 7, 2022