Meet the Staff
Art Gallery Staff
As Programs Manager for the Art Gallery, Stacey:
- Organizes programs, tours and other experiences related to Art Gallery exhibitions and collections
- Engages the Art Gallery’s online community through social media
- Coordinates Grand Valley State University’s participation as an ArtPrize© Venue
Stacey joined the GVSU Art Gallery in 2013 following zir time as Program Coordinator with the American Museum of Magic. Previously Stacey was Collections Manager at the Holland Museum and a curatorial assistant at the Public Museum of Grand Rapids. An active member of the Michigan Museums Association, Stacey has served on the MMA’s Programs Committee and serves on the Conference Leadership Team. Enthusiastic about service and leadership, Stacey is honored to have studied at the “U of Z” while working with the Zingerman’s Community of Businesses, Ann Arbor, MI and served on Grand Valley State University's AP Professional Development Subcommittee. Stacey holds a B.A. in Public History with an emphasis in museum studies from Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI and is seeking a Master of Public Administration degree at Grand Valley State University.
Alison received a B.F.A. from Grand Valley State University in 2004. Upon graduation, she started working at Lafontsee Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI. In 2007 she began working for Jeffery Roberts Homes, Inc. as an Interior Design Assistant/ Project Manager. Quickly after graduation she became very involved in the local art scene as a volunteer, artist and exhibition designer. She was a board member for the DAAC (Division Avenue Arts Cooperative), and still is a volunteer for various Avenue for the Arts events. Alison joined the Art Gallery in 2009 as a Preparator for the rotating and permanent exhibitions of Grand Valley State University’s extensive art collection. In 2015, Alison became the Art Gallery Project Manager, working on unique projects like a Mathias Alten hard cover book and fulfilling art requests for the GVSU faculty and staff. Alison is currently pursuing a Masters in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership degree at GVSU.
Art Gallery Assistant
Jenniffer has over 17 years’ experience working in the administrative field, most recently having worked for the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City Division, in Panama City, Florida, as an administrative assistant and human resources assistant. Prior to that position, Jenniffer has worked as a financial manager, business manager, assistant manager, in addition to other various administrative positions. Jenniffer is planning to finish earning her MA at Grand Valley in the Management field and is more than half-way there! As a single mother of three children and two dogs, Jenniffer stays very active outside of work attending her children’s extracurricular activities as well as various other motherly duties. Jenniffer was born and raised in SE Grand Rapids and currently resides in Jenison, Michigan.
As Assistant Director of Galleries and Collections for the Art Gallery, Nathan:
- Assists in providing leadership, vision, and strategic direction for the department, and serve as a mentor to staff, students, and the greater museum community
- Plays a lead role in long-range departmental strategic planning efforts, in support of the university’s plan
- Serves as an institutional liaison and promote long-term relationships with supporters, faculty, students, staff, donors, philanthropists, and the public
- Directs and manages the development of the collection management database, and the subsequent online visual learning platform for collection accessibility
Nathan currently serves as the vice president on the Michigan Museums Association board of directors and as a peer reviewer for the American Alliance of Museums Assessment Program in the areas of Collection Stewardship and Community Engagement. He has previously served as a board member to the American Museum of Magic and on committees for the Michigan Museums Association in the areas of professional development and programs. Before his current appointment at GVSU started in 2008, he was the Project Curator of Ethnology at the Public Museum of Grand Rapids and Curator of Historic Sites and Collections at the Holland Museum. Nathan received his B.A. in World History with minors in Art History, Archeology, and Studio Art from Calvin College and received his M.A. from the Historical Administration graduate program at Eastern Illinois University while being awarded the History and Technology assistantship. Nathan is a servant leader in the region and specializes in collection accessibility and community engagement initiatives.
Dru King has been a preparator at Grand Valley State University’s Art Gallery Department since 2003. He earned his BFA at GVSU in 2001 and his MFA at Kendall College of Art and Design in 2009. After receiving his MFA, Dru taught drawing courses at Kendall and at Grand Valley. His responsibilities at the Art Gallery include matting and framing of artwork as well as exhibit and building installations. He is also a local artist that focuses on painting and drawing. Examples of his artwork are on permanent display in the GVSU collection and at the Betty Van Andel Opera Center in Grand Rapids.
Director of Galleries and Collections
As Director of Galleries and Collections, Henry Matthews organizes exhibition and related diverse education programs, manages the university's extensive art collections and seeks ways to connect the university to art communities around the world. He was formerly Director of the Muskegon Museum of Art and Staff Member of the Detroit Institute of Arts. A native of Austria, Matthews has conducted dozens of world wide tours over the past 25 years.
As Collections Manager for the Art Gallery, Nicole:
- Manages the over 15,000 works of art part of the GVSU Collection that is on display in every GVSU building and stored within art gallery storage.
- Maintains the online database of collection records.
- Assists with installation of the permanent collection throughout campus and exhibits.
Nicole is a Grand Valley State University Alumna, graduating in 2009 with a bachelor's degree in both art history and anthropology. She then completed her master's degree in Historical Administration at Eastern Illinois State University in Charleston, Illinois. Nicole then made a cross-country trip to work as the Curator of Collections at the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula in Missoula, Montana where she managed the exhibits and a permanent collection of over 40,000 artifacts. After enjoying the mountains for over 7 years- she and her family packed up and came back home to the beautiful Great Lakes of Michigan to re-join the GVSU Art Gallery staff as Collections Manager in 2018.
As Curator of Exhibitions for the Art Gallery, Joel:
- Manages exhibition development, design and installation at all university galleries
- Curates exhibitions with strong interdisciplinary and multicultural themes
- Assists with placement and installation of the permanent collection throughout all university buildings and outdoor spaces
- Oversees the design and production of materials related to exhibitions and special projects
Joel has over 20 years of experience in the museum field, having organized more than 200 exhibitions. He joined the GVSU Art Gallery team in 2016 after serving for 14 years as the Director of Exhibitions at Calvin College. In that role, he oversaw the development and opening of the new Center Art Gallery, managed the (106) Gallery from 2006-16, and led the re-organization of the college’s permanent collection of art. He also served as the Director of Education at the Holland Historical Trust, and has been an independent curator, consultant and exhibition designer. Joel received his B.A. in History with minors in Art and French from Calvin College, and received his M.A. in Historical Administration from Eastern Illinois University, alongside an assistantship at The Tarble Arts Center. He continues to serve on various committees at museums and non-profit organizations.