Photo Gallery

Behind the Scenes (27 Photos)

Ever wonder how we do what we do? Come and pull the curtain and see the work that happens before the finished public product.

Captured Conversations Photos (6 Photos)

Dusk to Dusk: Unsettled, Unraveled, Unreal (6 Photos)

Cyril Lixenberg: 1932 - 2015 (6 Photos)

Shared Passion: A Gift of the Stuart and Barbara Padnos Foundation Collection (17 Photos)

Fall Arts Celebration Reception: September 30, 2014

August 22 – October 31, 2014 - Throughout their long marriage, businessman and philanthropist Stuart Padnos and his wife Barbara amassed a notable collection of art filling their waterfront home in Holland, Michigan. The collection served as an overview of both European and American art of the twentieth century and as a legacy to the couple’s evolving artistic aesthetic and wide range of interests. The couple’s shared passion for collecting joined notable international names such as Marc Chagall, Raoul Dufy, Joan Miro and Paul Emile Pissarro with American regionalist artist Thomas Hart Benton, Childe Hassam, Grandma Moses and Mathias Alten.

The Stuart and Barbara Padnos Foundation gifted a significant portion of the couple’s art collection to Grand Valley State University in 2013. Previously, in memory of his wife’s adventurous and open-minded spirit, Stuart Padnos established the Barbara H. Padnos International Scholarship for Grand Valley students. In 2005, Stuart established the Stuart and Barbara Padnos Chair in Art and Design to promote the teaching of art at Grand Valley, and the exhibition space in the Calder Art Center was named to honor the couple’s generosity and commitment to the arts

Mary Idema Pew Library Art Reception (42 Photos)

Reception in honor of the donors and recognition of the artists represented in the Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons art collections on May 20, 2014

L. William Seidman Center Art Reception (39 Photos)

May 14, 2014 artists and donors of art viewed more than 400 pieces of artwork in the recently opened L. William Seidman Center hosted by Thomas J. Haas, President and Henry A. Matthews, Director of Galleries and Collections, Grand Valley State University.

The History of Space Photography (14 Photos)

Opening Reception  January 15, 2014

January 15 – March 21, 2014 - From the earliest black-and-white photographs of the moon to the most recent images taken from the Mars Curiosity rover, The History of Space Photography exhibition features 50 noteworthy images from the last 50 years of space exploration. 

These stunning and beautiful visuals, including video projections of celestial animations, were captured by astronauts, astronomers, and data visualization experts.   

Grand Valley State University Art Gallery had the pleasure to share these historic cosmic images with the university.  The History of Space Photography exhibition was organized by the California/ International Arts Foundation and was guest curated by Jay Belloli, former Director of Gallery Programs at the Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA

Fall Art Celebration - Cyril Lixenberg: An Artist's Journey (19 Photos)

Fall Arts Celebration Opening Reception September 11, 2013

Friday, August 23  Friday, November 1, 2013 - Cyril Lixenberg: an Artist’s Journey explored and celebrated 81 years of the life and work of the popular contemporary Dutch artist Cyril Lixenberg, whose monumental sculpture and eye-popping, colorful screen prints are exhibited throughout GVSU’s buildings and campuses. The exhibition featured new gifts of paintings and works on paper including drawings, mono-prints, print editions, small sculptures, and archival material spanning his early career as a struggling and evolving artist from the mid-1950s to the present.  Multiple exhibition venues across West Michigan simultaneously focused on particular aspects of Lixenberg’s art.   The venues were the Grand Rapids Art Museum, Muskegon Museum of Art, Calvin College, Center Art Gallery, and Saugatuck Center for the Arts.  The exhibit program was supported by a generous gift from Larry and Elaine Ritowski Shay and, in part, by public funds from the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York and a grant from the Netherland-American Foundation.

Mystery, Magic, and Mayhem: Wonders from the American Museum of Magic (15 Photos)

Opening Reception January 17, 2013.

Monday, January 14 to Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - Magic has long been a topic of both interest and controversy that has enthralled audiences for hundreds of years. For some, its spiritualism and for others its strictly a performance art. This exhibition of magic history provides a window into the worlds of illusion, conjuring, mentalism, and escape artistry. On loan from the American Museum of Magic in Marshall, Michigan, are over thirty stunning graphic visuals and related objects associated with legends such as Thurston, Houdini, and Michigans own Harry Blackstone, Sr.