Next time you're in the Mary Idema Pew Library, wander into the Exhibition Space, which is located on the lowest level of the library. 

Current & Upcoming Mary Idema Pew Library Exhibits




Anchor Up at Home: Virtual Fall Welcome Exhibit


University Libraries

Celebrate People's History

February 26, 2021 - Winter 2022

University Libraries

Celebrate People's History

The Celebrate People’s History posters are rooted in the do-it-yourself tradition of mass-produced and distributed political propaganda, but are intended to embody principles of democracy, inclusion, and group participation in the writing and interpretation of history.

The University Libraries are committed to inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility (I.D.E.A). This exhibition of Celebrate People’s History (CPH) features stories of human and civil rights struggles reinforced by the Libraries mission, values, and commitment to I.D.E.A.

From the winter of 2021 through the winter of 2022 the Library's Exhibition Space will be dedicated to CPH stories and fostering an environment in which all members of the campus community feel welcome, safe, supported, respected, and valued. 

Follow us on social media and watch our website to see how this exhibition will connect to Library and campus-wide programming addressing information literacy, civic literacy, news literacy, open access, and liberal arts education over the course of this year.  

“The Celebrate People’s History” collection is on loan courtesy of the GVSU Art Gallery. The entire collection can be accessed online at the GVSU Art Gallery Online Collection

Anchor Up at Home

Tricolor wave pattern in shades of blue

University Libraries has created this virtual engagement space with you in mind. Last year we welcomed you to campus with Home{MADE}, an exhibit that allowed our campus community to explore the senses of “home” while transitioning into their campus lives. For many of us though, GVSU is a second home. With more students than ever before continuing their studies off-campus during this Fall semester, we at the library wanted to create a virtual space for our Laker family to share or discover what a home at GVSU looks and feels like to them, no matter where they're living. 

We hope you all enjoy using the activities provided as you ease into the new semester and whether you’re studying from one of our libraries, your living center room, or remotely from another town, we hope you all feel at home as a Laker! 

YouTube Inspiration:

New to GVSU housing or in need of move-in inspiration or tips? Check out the YouTube playlist we’ve linked below, it has been curated to share a variety of GVSU housing tours and living center set-up tips and DIY inspiration.

GVSU Housing & Campus Inspired Coloring Pages

Use the coloring pages linked below to design your dream living center/study space or just to color your favorite part of campus during a study break.

Follow Us on Instagram!

Check out the University Library's Instagram and give us a follow for more “Anchor Up At Home” content and to stay up to date with other University Library news and events!

Additional Resources:

Lastly, below we have listed links to some GVSU resources that may come in handy during your transition to college and the overarching transition we’re all making toward this new campus normal.

Online Exhibits

Explore online exhibits created by Special Collections and University Archives. Exhibits highlighting some of our favorite collections go up monthly throughout the academic year. 

Fish of Japan

Grand Rapids Black History

National Poetry Festival

Select Past Exhibits

Video Killed the Radio Star: A Vanderberg Project

Experience the history of technological advancement with Video Killed the Radio Star: A Vanderberg Project. Thirty-five years in the making, the Vanderberg Project was initiated by Grand Valley State University’s operations manager, Scott Vanderberg, as he collected pieces of the university’s equipment as they became outdated.

Now, recognizing that as time progresses much of this technology becomes harder to find, Vanderberg seeks to share his vast collection with the public and showcase the scientific advancements that made them possible. This first installment of the project’s technological showcases featured various pieces of media equipment from the '80s— many still functional!

The exhibit was on display at Mary Idema Pew Library from March 2020  through November 2020.

Link to Virtual Tour of the Exhibit Space

Multi-colored geometric shapes with the words "Video Killed the Radio Star"

Boldly Driven: A Tradition of Innovation

In honor of President Mantella’s inauguration, this exhibition took a look back at Grand Valley’s history of innovation, from its establishment in the 1950s to the present day.

 The exhibit ran from Nov. 11 to Nov. 21, 2019 in the Mary Idema Pew Library Exhibition Space.

Boldly Driven Web ad

Trivial Pursuit: Archives Edition

Have you ever walked by Seidman House and wondered what’s inside? Learn more about what goes on inside Seidman House at GVSU’s Special Collections and University Archives through this trivia-based exhibit.  

When? May 15 - August 15, 2019
Where? Mary Idema Pew Library Exhibition Space
Questions? Contact Leigh Rupinski, Archivist for Public Services and Community Engagement

Trivial Pursuit: Archives Edition

Walking Beyond Our Ancestors' Footsteps

Grand Valley and local organizations are working on an oral history project that aims to create the first archival collection focused on the urban Native experience in West Michigan. Walking Beyond Our Ancestors' Footsteps: An Urban Native American Experience explored how Native Americans built community in Grand Rapids in the last half of the 20th century. It was sponsored by the Kutsche Office of Local History, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Native American Advisory Board, Special Collections and Archives, Grand Rapids Public Library and Grand Rapids Public Museum. 

Urban Native Experience exhibit

Letters for Lakers

This exhibit let students take a letter from one of the many envelopes on display. The letters contained encouraging messages, reflections and memories related to the college experience from Grand Valley faculty, staff, students and alumni. Students were also able to write inspirational messages on Post-it notes for others, send a personal postcard to a friend or family member, or write their own letters to their future selves. The exhibit ran August-September 2015. 

Letters for Lakers

Cut, Ground, Formed, and Fabricated

The exhibit was the result of a collaboration between the Intro to Jewelry and Metalsmithing class and the Geology Club. This exhibit showcased a unique, multidisciplinary collaboration where the students involved were able gain a better understanding and appreciation for the materials, techniques and ideas used in the fields of geology and metalsmithing.

Jewelry exhibit

Open Everything

The Open Everything exhibit was created to introduce the concept of information as a commodity and to begin a conversation about access to information. The exhibit encourages students to explore Open Access, Open Data, Open Education Resources, and Open Source Software. It is an interactive exhibit developed with the intent of making you want to learn more about the ways information is created and distributed. The physical exhibit was on view September 2014. The online exhibit can be viewed here

Open Everything exhibit

Interested in hosting an exhibit?

The Mary Idema Pew Library's Exhibition Space was created very intentionally to provide students with opportunities to interact with rich and diverse content across disciplines. GVSU-sponsored exhibits that challenge us to grow intellectually, culturally, and creatively are welcome in the space. Contact the library if you are interested in hosting an exhibit.

 Bookmark link for this page:  https://www.gvsu.edu/library/exhibits

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