Reflect Revive Reshape

Within an artist’s drive to create is the instinct to repeatedly look back on past artwork, methods and practice. Through this reflective and repetitive process, new technologies and ideas are married with the artist’s experiences. The results, driven by an exploration of the past and reshaped by the application of renewed energy in the present, are often works of surprising depth and balance.

From photogravure prints combining historic and digital traditions to hand-built ceramic animals marked with decals and conceptual accessories, hints of the artistic process can be seen within the works featured throughout this exhibition. Additionally, physical evidence of the process is incorporated, with printing plates and carving tools next to etchings, and sketches near hand-made and digital prints.

Included in this exhibition are four artists who serve as faculty members in the GVSU Department of Visual & Media Arts. Each artist recently completed a sabbatical leave, which functioned as a dedicated opportunity to focus on creative exploration in their field of study. This intentional period of research and production allowed for reflection, revival and reshaping of their work.



Opening Reception

Thursday, January 17th 2019 from 5:00 - 7:00 PM

Please join us for the opening reception for the artists today from 5-7 PM.  Reflect – Revive – Reshape is open from January 14 to March 29.  Gallery hours are from 10 AM to 5 PM Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and from 10 AM to 7 PM on Thursdays.  Free and open to the public.

Ceramic Dog with wire cone around head

  1. In contemporary art, does 'Regression of Subject', discoursed especially after postmodernism, have any correlation with 'The Craftsman' (R. Sennett, 2008) as subject?, porcelain, stoneware, decals, luster, annealed wire, ruber band & mixed-media, Hoon Lee, 2017

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photo collage

Fallout, photogravure, Anthony Thompson, 2018

Etching of man on his side

  1. Indefensa (from In the Penal Colony: Artist’s Book), etching, Dellas Henke, 2018

Yellow and Purple poster

  1. Topple White Supremacy, print, Brett Colley, 2018


For more information about the artists of Reflect, Revive, Reshape, the department of Visual and Media Arts, and other related materials visit:

Front of the Calder art building at night

Alexander Calder Art Center, home to the department of Visual and Media Arts


GVSU Art Gallery
1121 Thomas J. and Marcia J. Haas Center for Performing Arts
Grand Valley State University
Allendale MI, 49401

M - F 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM 
THUR 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM 

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