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GVSU Art Gallery Team, 2021

Grand Valley State University (GVSU) holds the second largest art collection in the state of Michigan. Artwork is thoughtfully incorporated into every university building, creating a virtually borderless museum that spans all of our beautiful campuses. The GVSU Art Gallery team empowers our community to engage with visual narratives that align with university values through diverse exhibitions, learning events, resources, and unparalleled access to art. 

We believe that visual art-viewing experiences have the power to spark conversations, action, and reflection on core themes of social justice, human rights, and empathy that align with the university's philosophy of liberal education. 

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What We Do

The Collection

Search the art collection online, browse artwork by academic topic, or locate artwork by building. Learn how our highly trained staff follow nationally recognized standards for art handling and care. 

Art in Public Spaces

The artwork selection process for each space is a collaborative effort between our staff and faculty or department staff, resulting in artwork that enhances and supports learning experiences.


Each semester we activate our galleries with temporary exhibitions, as well as curate art in select spaces integrated into campus buildings.


We present events, activities, and resources related to exhibitions and art on campus. We also collaborate with departments and individual faculty to develop additional opportunities.

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art gallery team installing artwork in hallway

Work Requests

Have you noticed damage to an artwork on campus? Planning a department redesign? We can help! Please use our Help Center for all art-related orders, including, but not limited to, placing new art, moving existing art, removing or fixing damaged art, frames, or labels.

To create a work order, use any of the following methods;

  • Fill out a 'Submit a Request' form linked here
  • Email support@gvsuartgallery.zendesk.com
  • Click on the 'Help' button on the bottom-right of this webpage. 

A GVSU Art Gallery staff member will answer your request in a timely manner.

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Stay Connected, Sign Up for Our Newsletter

View the most recent newsletter here. 

We email one newsletter at the beginning of every semester and then send a handful of event announcements throughout the year. Sign up to receive these alerts and you'll never miss an opportunity to engage with art at GVSU. 

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Your World + Mine

November 29, 2021 All Day

Show Dates Nov 29-Dec 3 Reception Dec 2 from 5-7pm Padnos Gallery in CAC Senior BFA students show with emphasis in Illustration. Featuring Olivia Wolff, Kalie Swift,

In Unassuming

December 6, 2021 All Day

Show Dates Dec 6-10 Reception Dec 9 from 5-7pm Padnos Gallery in CAC Senior BFA student show. Featuring Chloe Harpst, Gabriell Schaub, Calvin Garvey

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