That Shape is My Shade

Originally from Canada, Melanie Daniel immigrated to Israel, and has been working in the United States for the past three years. Her work often explores humankind’s relationship with the natural world, imagining a chaotic environment punctuated by bold and psychedelic colors and patterns. She is currently the Stuart B. and Barbara Padnos Distinguished Artist-in-Residence Chair for the Visual and Media Arts Department at Grand Valley State University.

For That Shape is my Shade, she has coordinated a collaborative exhibition with a group of artists representing faculty, staff and students at the university. This exhibition serves as one of Daniel’s culminating projects of her residency, and explores each artist’s process of creating, sharing and stepping away from their work.


Opening Reception

Thursday, January 16th, 2020 from 5:00 - 7:00 PM

Please join us for the opening reception of That Shape is My Shade from 5-7 PM on Thursday, January 16th. 

Art Gallery exhibitions and programs are free and open to the public. For additional program offerings or for more information on these events please visit If you have questions, need assistance or accommodations, or to schedule a group visit, please call us at 616.331.2563 or email at



florescent pink tropical apocalyptic painting

Melanie Daniel, Only Four Degrees, 2019, oil on canvas

oil painting of people walking around farm framed by plane wreakage

Randal Domer, Your Invisible Emergency, 2020, oil on canvas

black and white photograph of man's silhouette walking away from viewer in cobblestone alley

Sean Larson, Untitled, 2019, MDF, concrete and paint

black and white photograph of three cats sitting in front of doorway in cobblestone alley

Castina Bombardo, Simulation (detail), 2020, acrylic, copper, resin, MDF, paper, patina, pigment, steel and styrene


Want to know more about Melanie Daniel, The Padnos Distinguished Artist-in-Residence, or the GVSU Visual and Media Arts program? Check out these resources:

installation of woven squares of cardboard painted pink

Lin Foust, Armor, 2019, cardboard, latex paint, fishing line, thermal adhesive, MP3 (1:51)


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 

Admission is free and open to the public.


For special accommodation, please call:

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

For learning and engagement opportunities, please email: