Art Galleries and Collections

GVSU to showcase pieces by Mathias Alten, 'Dean of Michigan Painters,' in statewide traveling exhibition

GVSU, holder of the largest public collection of Alten's works, will share some of these pieces to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Alten's birth in 1871.

Sep 9, 2020


Art in the time of a pandemic: How Mathias Alten's isolation was reflected in his work

World events kept Alten, who was inspired by global travels, close to home in Michigan.

Jun 24, 2020


'A borderless museum': Kemler to lead GVSU Galleries and Collections, continue commitment to infusing university grounds with art

Kemler will oversee a continuous display of art throughout 130 buildings and grounds in six different locations.

Mar 8, 2020


Bob Dylan unguarded, Italy's incomparable light and the life's work of a photographer

The Douglas R. and Barbara E. Gilbert Collection is the largest, most comprehensive collection of photographic images the university has received. The gift includes prints, slides, negatives and personal items such as letters.

Jan 5, 2020


Matthews' new role will build art endowment

Over the past two decades, Henry Matthews, founding director of Grand Valley's Galleries and Collections, has helped to build the university's impressive collection of art to more than 19,000 pieces. In a new role, Matthews will build a funding base for that collection to preserve and protect it for future generations.

Sep 23, 2019


Scholarship will benefit students studying art, biomedical sciences

Carmen Nochera-Wilkens, professor of biomedical sciences, has established a scholarship in memory of her late husband supporting Grand Valley students as they pursue degrees in fine arts and/or biomedical sciences.

Aug 8, 2019


Alten works now accessible online thanks to gift

Anita M. Gilleo, granddaughter of Mathias J. Alten, has established an endowment fund to maintain a catalog of the impressionist painter's works indefinitely.

May 1, 2019


Visual thinking workshop connects art, health professions for students

Standing before a painting and discussing with classmates what they see is status quo for students majoring in visual arts. It was new territory for students majoring in nursing and health professions October 3, when artist-medical educator Alexa Miller led a workshop in visual thinking by using the artwork in the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences as a backdrop.

Oct 10, 2018


Fall Arts Celebration art exhibit explores the mysteries of Mars

Throughout the years, Mars has been depicted in multiple forms as societies around the world have gazed at the Red Planet. During this year's Fall Arts Celebration, the "Mars: Astronomy and Culture" exhibit will bring together 140 photographs, drawings, movie posters, book covers and more spotlighting Mars. A special reception for the exhibit, which will include a virtual reality simulator, will take place September 13.

Sep 6, 2018


Art Gallery exhibit, events to explore the ebb and flow of artist's creative process

A new Art Gallery exhibition at Grand Valley will examine the ebb and flow of artist Herbert Murrie's creative process while reflecting back on his painting career and looking forward to a new body of his work. An opening reception for the exhibit will take place January 18. The exhibit will be on display January 15 through March 30.

Jan 11, 2018