A Borderless Museum – Growing the GVSU Art Collection Endowment

Grand Valley State University is leading in innovative ways to provide access to art for students, the community, and the state. For years, the goal was to build the collection. Now the primary need has shifted to focus on increasing and sustaining access for all. Students of all majors can engage with the collection every day on-campus or online, utilize art in their courses to learn visual literacy and analysis, and experience different cultures and points of view. 

What Makes the GVSU Art Collection Endowment Unique

  • A full 50 percent of the collection is displayed in over 130 buildings on all 7 campuses and regional centers.
  • Grand Valley has built the second largest art collection in Michigan.
  • The collection includes 19,000+ works of art.
  • The university partners with 11 corporate, museum, and university collections throughout West Michigan to make even more art accessible digitally.


GVSU Art Endowment hosted by Henry Matthews

How You Can Help

Your gift to the GVSU Art Collection Endowment will help support the following:

Maintenance of the Collection

  • This includes preserving our more than 19,000 artworks to maintain their use and value for generations.
  • As artwork is exposed to the elements, it must be rotated and cared for.
  • Attention to temperature and humidity in our storage facilities means continuous maintenance of infrastructure.
  • Increased use increases maintenance needs.

Expansion of Learning Opportunities

  • Learning tools will be developed for faculty to use in classrooms, including a digital-visual learning platform and use of learning centers.
  • Includes the addition of student-focused events like exhibition-themed social outreach and campus-wide recreational activities centered around the art collection.
  • With dedicated funding, we can pursue opportunities with K-12 educators and local organizations for access to our artwork, which will enrich our community.

Why It Matters

All Grand Valley students can engage with the collection every day, and utilize art in their courses to learn visual literacy and analysis, and experience different cultures and points of view.

Art Piece

Art Collection Allows Health Students to Learn in New Creative Ways 

“We are so appreciative of the art here at GVSU. I have enjoyed integrating art into my classes whenever possible. Students pass by these pieces on their way to classes—my hope is that they will remember some of the concepts I have presented and relate them to the concrete art example in the building.”

Jeanine Beasley
Occupational Therapy Hybrid Program Director and Professor of College of Health Professions

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Professor Teaching Students About Art

Visual Thinking Workshop Connects Art, Health Professions for Students

"We're learning how the art curriculum can serve the medical field. It's teaching people to become more attentive and present, and to be more creative in their thinking."

Jill Eggers
Associate Professor of Visual and Media Arts

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Art Endowment IPhone App

Art Gallery Mobile App Could Reach Cultural Institutions Worldwide

“Grand Valley is leading the pack of universities and museums in Michigan using the open source Collective Access, and was one of the first worldwide to create a native mobile application that draws data from the Collective Access database."

Nathan Kemler
Director of Gallery and Collections

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For more information about the GVSU Art Collection Endowment contact Andrew Bixel, Director of Endowed and Planned Giving, at (616) 331-5619 or bixela@gvsu.edu.