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Next time you're in the Mary Idema Pew Library, wander into the Exhibition Space. New exhibits go up every 2-4 weeks. 


Mary Idema Pew Library Winter 2017 Exhibits




Chosen Name: George Sand and Trans* Styling of the Self 

Jan. 10-30

Art and Design

Voices of GVSU: Activism throughout the Decades

Feb. 4-Feb. 22

Kutche Office of Local History

Intermediate Drawing

Feb. 25-Mar. 16

Art and Design

Graphic Language in the Library

Mar. 20-Mar. 30

University Libraries

Student Scholars Day

Apr. 3-Apr. 13

Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship

Exam Cram

Apr. 16-28

University Libraries


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

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 Erin Fisher, Library Program Manager, if you are interested in hosting an exhibit.