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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. New exhibits go up every four weeks. 

Mary Idema Pew Library Fall 2019 Exhibits




Home{MADE}: Fall Welcome Exhibit

August 7 - September 24

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Boldly Driven: A Tradition of Innovation Exhibition

November 11 - November 23

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Boldly Driven: A Tradition of Innovation Exhibition

Boldly Driven Web ad

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

 Nov. 11-Nov. 21 in the Mary Idema Pew Library Exhibition Space


Geometric triangle pattern

What does home smell like? Taste like? What does home look like to you? Feel like? Visit the interactive welcome exhibit and discover what home means to the Laker community.

Make a Memory Box!

Memory boxes are a place to hold memories that make you smile. Come decorate a box:

Mary Idema Pew Library, Exhibition Space (Atrium Level)

  • Tuesday, August 27, 10am-12pm
  • Wednesday, August 28, 6pm-8pm

Steelcase Library, Collaboration Space

  • Thursday, August 29, 2pm-4pm

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

Fish of Japan

Grand Rapids Black History

Grand Rapids Black History

National Poetry Festival

National Poetry Festival

Select Past Exhibits

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.