Selections from 'fishladder' - A Student Journal of Art and Writing

fishladder is a student-run journal of art and writing edited and produced by undergraduates at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan. The journal is published annually in April, on the tail end of Winter Semester and features fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art by GVSU students. As a publication, it strives to be inclusive of writers and artists from all the different parts of our campus community. It hopes to present a diverse mix of singular voices in each issue so that it might capture the voices of the GVSU student body in all its harmony and dissonance.

The journal accepts submissions throughout the GVSU Fall semester, with a deadline at the end of the term in December. Submissions are carefully considered by fishladder student staff, and final decisions are made by fishladder editors. The yearly print edition is unveiled every April, with copies available in Lake Ontario Hall and across the Allendale campus. The online edition will be archived annually at GVSU Scholarworks.

This exhibition presents a selection of visual and written works of art from the publication. It is hosted in conjunction with Student Scholars Day (SSD), an event celebrating the scholarship, research, and creative work performed by GVSU students from the past year. 

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Students currently enrolled at GVSU were encouraged to submit work in all styles, genres, and forms. For more information on how to submit fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, drama, art, or photography, please visit

2022 Selections

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young girl with dark hair looking to the left

Jesse Sandoval, The Girl, Digital Image

lake Michigan beach landscape

Olivia Hammelef, Cold Beach, Digital Photograph

red carpeted stairs leading up to balcony in castle

Jeff Staub, Glory, Digital Image

2021 Selections

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oil painting of young black woman with short hair in yellow top holding red poppies

Alex Davingman, Untitled (detail), oil on Masonite, 2020

impressionist oil painting of foliage and brush in orchard

Gabrielle Schaub, Orchard Path (detail), oil on wood panel, 2020

digital illustration of group camping in woods at night

Jesselyn Kanniainen, Camping at Night, mixed media, digital, and watercolor, 2020

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2020 Selections

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black and white print of moral mushroom

Alex Wethy, Moral Tarot Print, woodcut print

bronze sculpture of dismembered barbie doll with mushrooms

Alex Wethy, Fungus Barbie, bronze casting

image of empty pool surrounded by foliage

Chavala Ymker, Remnants (detail), digital photography

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2019 Selections

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girl floating with her back to a white wall surrounded by a black net

Amanda Gabriel, Reformation, archival inkjet print, 2018

Ink illustration of rhinoceros

Khoi Tran, Fade or Blur (detail), ink on paper, 2018

glitched image of abstracted photograph

Calvin Garvey, xoinuum (detail), digital print, 2018

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2018 Selections

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Torn photograph with thread stitching

Jenna Pewarchie, Mended, mixed media  

Ink and color drawing of woman

Lily Moxley, Vitality, Feeding on Me, ink on paper

profile of man's face with beard

Robyn Knoper, Man 3, woodblock print

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March 18 - June 17, 2022
Russel H. Kirkhof Center Wall Gallery
1 Campus Dr
Allendale, Michigan 49401 

Gallery viewing is based on building hours.



For special accommodation, please call:
(616) 331-2563

For exhibition details and media inquires, please email:
Joel Zwart, Curator of Exhibitions
[email protected]

For learning and engagement opportunities, please email:
Amanda Rainey, UX/Learning Manager
[email protected]


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