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Plastination: The Art of Preservation

-photo, students studying a specimen

-photo, students studying a specimen

Date and Time

Thursday, November 15, 2018
7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.


  • Blue Wall Gallery, Richard M. DeVos Center, Building B, Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus


Plastination is the process of impregnating animal, human or plant tissues with a variety of plastic or silicone products to render the tissues odor-free, dry and permanently preserved for educational and instructional purposes. The process was invented by Dr. Gunther von Hagens in 1977 at the University of Heidelberg, Germany and made popular through his many Body Worlds exhibitions around the world.

Beginning in 2007, members of Grand Valley State University (GVSU) began studying plastination and investigating the opportunity to create a lab at GVSU. That became a reality in 2013, and since then, over 300 specimens have been plastinated for use in a variety of teaching roles. This exhibition tells the story of plastination at GVSU and walks viewers through the process and use of plastinates. It brings together over 20 animal specimens from the lab – currently the only plastination lab in Michigan.

This exhibit can be viewed from July 13 - December 14, 2018.  Free and open to the public.  Visit our web site for more information.



Art Gallery, 616-331-2563



This event also occurred on 7/13/2018, 7/16/2018, 7/18/2018, 7/19/2018, 7/20/2018, 7/23/2018, 7/24/2018, 7/25/2018, 7/26/2018, 7/27/2018 and 95 others


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