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Strategic Plan for Art Gallery & Collections

Mission

The mission of the Grand Valley State University Art Gallery is to encourage appreciation and understanding of art and its role in society through direct engagement with original works of art. The Art Gallery acquires, preserves, interprets, exhibits, and otherwise makes accessible works of art for the benefit of a variety of audiences, in support of the interdisciplinary educational goals of the University and for the benefit of the community at large.

Vision

To shape and enrich the quality of life for the residents and visitors of Grand Valley State University and to become a leader in the areas of art appreciation and interdisciplinary education for the local community.

Value Statement

The Grand Valley State University Art Gallery shares the same university and Academic and Student Affairs values.

Strategic Priorities, outcomes, and key objectives

Strategic Priority Area 1: Actively engage learners at all levels.

Outcome A: Grand Valley's learning environment is personal, challenging, and transformational, supporting excellent academic programs and co-curricular opportunities.

Objective 1.A.1

Continue to place art into every public space on all of the universitys campuses.

Baseline

Currently over there are over 8500 artworks across all of the university's campuses and buildings.

Progress

2018 Status
Substantive Progress
Of the 17,300+ artworks in the collection, over 8,600 are on public display. In 2018, over 500 artworks were installed in public spaces.

Objective 1.A.2

Meet GVSU Objective 3.D.4: At least 15% of faculty integrate the institution's art collection into their curricula and use it in their instructional activities by increasing faculty collaboration and awareness to the Art Gallery programming offerings and accessibility and engagement with the art collection.

Baseline

Survey conducted in the fall of 2015

Progress

2018 Status
Minimal Progress
8.6% of faculty integrate the institution's art collection into their curricula and use it in their instructional activities, per a GVSU faculty survey in winter 2018.

Outcome B: Grand Valley is diverse and inclusive.

Objective 1.B.1

Continue to build and enhance the art collection that is representative of the community as a whole.

Progress

2018 Status
Substantive Progress
Over 1800 artworks were added to the collection in 2018. These are wide-ranging from local community artists to international artists.

Objective 1.B.2

Provide a variety of learning outreach programming opportunities that are targeted to a diverse audience.

Progress

2018 Status
Substantive Progress
12 official public programs were offered in 2018 including but not limited to the subject matter of: astronomy, popular culture, mindfulness, visual thinking, sexual assault, veterans' issues, music, art history, student social events, and creative thinking.

Outcome C: Grand Valley has mutually beneficial relationships, partnerships, collaborations, and connections with local, state, national, and world communities.

Objective 1.C.2

Support, share, and build local, national, and international collection management partnerships in order to increase collection accessibility and engagement opportunities with digital platforms (i.e., Collective Access Consortium and User Groups).

Progress

2018 Status
Substantial Progress
The Art Gallery continues its 10 year history of encouraging a state-wide standardization of digital accessibility and management of collections. In 2018, there were two GVSU initiated regional meet-up events with attendance of over 15 different collecting institutions in attendance. In addition, GVSU Art Gallery is a PI of the IMLS grant project for a statewide digital standardization and preservation stepping stones project.

Objective 1.C.4

Continue to participate in Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center for cross-departmental opportunities.

Progress

2018 Status
Substantive Progress
Attended and participated in the annual re-occurring Pew Faculty & Teaching Center's symposium.

Outcome D: Grand Valley supports innovative teaching, learning, integrative scholarly and creative activity, and the use of new technologies.

Objective 1.D.4

Work with faculty to build curricular projects, assignments, and programs including offerings that are LIB 100/201 approved.

Progress

2018 Status
Substantial Progress
Three public LIB 100/201 programs were offered in 2018.

Outcome E: Grand Valley strategically allocates its fiscal, human, and other institutional resources.

Objective 1.E.1

Secure long-term, sustainable support for the collections database and online collection.

Progress

2018 Status
Substantial Progress
Acquired the catalogue raisonne for the life works of the Mathias J. Alten and along with came the Anita Gilleo dedicated fund for it's support. This dedicated support will in part support the entire collections database and online collection hosting and maintenance costs.

Objective 1.E.2

Determine gallery exhibition, learning, and outreach physical space needs that align with meeting current and future learning lab experiences

Progress

2018 Status
Substantive Progress
Acquired new dedicated space in the newly GVSU purchased facility at 223 Winter St, Grand Rapids, MI. While the majority of this space is for artwork storage needs, over 1200 sqft has been designated for future learning engagement lab space.

Objective 1.E.3

Seek additional collection storage and preparatory space that meets the demands of a growing collection that is representative of learners of all levels.

Progress

2018 Status
Substantial Progress
Acquired space at the 223 Winter building space for collection storage needs. All collection storage locations (7) will be consolidated into 223 Winter. This space is designed to offer initial open storage concepts and an engagement lab that will support learners at all levels. The storage space at the Art Gallery Support Facility will be renovated into a larger preparatory space that meets current demands.

Objective 1.E.4

Hire a full-time, permanent Art Gallery manager of learning and outreach that meets current and future educational needs and oversees management of GVSU Objective 3.D.4.

Progress

2018 Status
Minimal Progress
Full-time AP permanent position of Manager of Learning and Outreach was requested through annual Provost special budget request process. This marks the 7th time the request as been made.

Outcome F: Grand Valley maintains best practices in art collection stewardship.

Objective 1.F.1

Continue to place art collections in all GVSU buildings to ensure accessibility to the art collection to all learners at all times. This requires ongoing improvement in collections care by adding additional protection from the environment and users (plexi-glass coverings to unprotected pieces, framing upgrades, matting repairs, etc.).

Progress

2018 Status
Substantive Progress
Established new internal standard that all works of art going out on public display will be covered in plexi-glass.

Strategic Priority Area 2: Further develop exceptional personnel.

Outcome A: Grand Valley's learning environment is personal, challenging, and transformational, supporting excellent academic programs and co-curricular opportunities.

Objective 2.A.1

Encourage departmental participation in the university's internal personal and professional development seminar and workshop offerings (Excellence Series, StrengthQuest, Understanding Culture Change, etc.)

Progress

2018 Status
Substantive Progress
All staff attended an all-day training retreat with facilitator Damon Arnold and took DISC assessment in attempt to improve communications and build empathy. This marked the first time such a staff training took place for the department in its history (20 years).

Outcome B: Grand Valley is diverse and inclusive.

Objective 2.B.2

Encourage staff involvement in diverse events and programs to further deeper personnel appreciation and cultural understanding (i.e., international student mentoring program, Fit the Mitt, Interfaith, Global Lounge, Milton E. Ford LGBT Resource Center events, etc.).

Progress

2018 Status
Not Yet Initiated
Not yet initiated

Outcome C: Grand Valley has mutually beneficial relationships, partnerships, collaborations, and connections with local, state, national, and world communities.

Objective 2.C.3

Increase collaborative opportunities with the Padnos International Center.

Progress

2018 Status
Substantive Progress
Hosted and assisted with the exhibition "2018 Padnos International Center Photo Contest (PIC Pics)"

Outcome D: Grand Valley supports innovative teaching, learning, integrative scholarly and creative activity, and the use of new technologies.

Objective 2.D.2

Encourage professional development for all current departmental staff members.

Progress

2018 Status
Substantial Progress
Staff attended the Michigan Museums Association Annual Conference, Campbell Center for Conservation training, and AP Leadership Series

Outcome E: Grand Valley strategically allocates its fiscal, human, and other institutional resources.

Objective 2.E.1

Seek to make all temporary contract staff members full-time, permanent positions to encourage professional service sustainability and ensure job excellence.

Progress

2018 Status
Minimal Progress
Asked for all contract staff to be made full-time AP permanent positions through the annual Provost Special Budget Request process.

Objective 2.E.2

Continue to employ a diverse student employee base for support roles and on the-job professional training and learning experiences.

Progress

2018 Status
Substantial Progress
Department hired 7 student employees throughout the 2018 calendar year - ranging from multiple different field of studies. Current student employees jobs offered are: Gallery Assistant, Collections Assistant, and Programs and Outreach Assistant

Outcome F: Grand Valley maintains best practices in art collection stewardship.

Objective 2.F.3

Support staff in specialized collection stewardship professional development opportunities.

Progress

2018 Status
Substantive Progress
Two staff members were sent to the International Preservation Studies Center for specialized training in collection stewardship development.

Strategic Priority Area 3: Ensure the alignment of institutional structures and functions.

Outcome A: Grand Valley's learning environment is personal, challenging, and transformational, supporting excellent academic programs and co-curricular opportunities.

Objective 3.A.1

Continue to provide art in public spaces, assisting in the creating an environment that is reflective and representative of the community (faculty work, student work, etc.).

Progress

2018 Status
Substantial Progress
Over 500 pieces of art were installed in public spaces on GVSU's campuses in 2018. Over 50% were regional artists to the midwest.

Outcome B: Grand Valley is diverse and inclusive.

Objective 3.B.1

Continue to acquire diverse student art work that is reflective of the community.

Progress

2018 Status
Substantive Progress
The Art Gallery continues to purchase and seeks donations of art from students graduating from GVSU's Visual & Media Studies program. In 2018, 11 recent alum were added to the collection.

Objective 3.B.2

Foster diverse exhibitions that are inclusive of faculty, staff, and students projects.

Progress

2018 Status
Substantive Progress
5 new exhibitions were created and displayed in 2018 that spanned multiple fields of study and 4 were a combination of student, faculty, and staff projects.

Objective 3.B.3

Continue to reach out to a broad community base for art donations and support.

Progress

2018 Status
Substantive Progress
29 gifts of artwork were made to GVSU in 2018, 19 being new donors to GVSU. In addition to artwork, a catalogue raisonne (Mathias Alten) and an accompanying new dedicated fund for its support was also given.

Outcome C: Grand Valley has mutually beneficial relationships, partnerships, collaborations, and connections with local, state, national, and world communities.

Objective 3.C.1

Participate in local, national, and international professional associations.

Progress

2018 Status
Substantive Progress
The department holds active institutional membership at the Michigan Museum Association and the Grand Rapids Gallery Association. In 2018, 5 professional staff attended the Michigan Museum Association Annual Conference (3 of which also volunteer year-round for the association) and 1 also professionally presented. In addition, 1 staff member is also a contributor and volunteer to the American Alliance of Museums and serves a peer reviewer for the national Museum Assessment Program.

Outcome D: Grand Valley supports innovative teaching, learning, integrative scholarly and creative activity, and the use of new technologies.

Objective 3.D.1

Encourage class participation and use of the art collection in the classroom.

Progress

2018 Status
Substantial Progress
Began work of a planning a new digital learning platform for faculty and students to use the art collection on. Met with growing number of faculty to build awareness of the art collection. Began offering Visual Thinking Strategies programming for faculty adoption in the classroom.

Objective 3.D.2

Continuing to create digital learning platforms that are integrating into teaching environments that are taking advantage of new technologies (Google Art Project, Art at GVSU mobile, online collections, etc.).

Progress

2018 Status
Substantial Progress
Enhanced online collections offerings and features, updated Art at GVSU mobile application, and built the Mathias J. Alten: Online Digital Library.

Outcome E: Grand Valley strategically allocates its fiscal, human, and other institutional resources.

Objective 3.E.1

Continue respond university construction-related needs by working with Facility Planning to incorporate art into public spaces.

Progress

2018 Status
Substantial Progress
Attending all monthly Facilities and Housing meetings to ensure strong communications and to gain information on all construction projects. Improved all relationships within the the Facilities departments.

Outcome F: Grand Valley maintains best practices in art collection stewardship.

Objective 3.F.1

Align collection stewardship to national best practices and standards according to the American Alliance of Museums.

Progress

2018 Status
Substantial Progress
Increased level of care on public works of art by ensuring all new artwork are covered with plexi. Acquired new collection storage space that will have improved security, safety, and environmental controls.

Strategic Priority Area 4: Enhance the institution's image and reputation.

Outcome A: Grand Valley's learning environment is personal, challenging, and transformational, supporting excellent academic programs and co-curricular opportunities.

Objective 4.A.1

Continue to provide best practices and stewardship of the collection across all campus buildings, including public presentation and display by providing professional matting, framing, security, and mounts for the collection.

Progress

2018 Status
Substantial Progress
Over 900 artworks were matted according to best practices. Over 600 artworks were professionally displayed in 2018 abiding to proper collection stewardship.

Outcome B: Grand Valley is diverse and inclusive.

Objective 4.B.2

Encourage programming and events that center around diversity and inclusion and provide a safe environment for dialogue and questions.

Progress

2018 Status
Substantial Progress
12 official public programs were offered in 2018 including but not limited to the subject matter of: astronomy, popular culture, mindfulness, visual thinking, sexual assault, veterans' issues, music, art history, student social events, and creative thinking.

Outcome C: Grand Valley has mutually beneficial relationships, partnerships, collaborations, and connections with local, state, national, and world communities.

Objective 4.C.2

Continue to build and encourage collection sharing partnerships and collaborative resource use (Collective Access open source project, exhibition loans, Google Art Project, etc.).

Progress

2018 Status
Substantial Progress
Exhibition loans were sent to Calvin College and the Holland Museum in 2018. The Mathias J. Alten: Online Digital Library shared collections between the Grand Rapids Public Library, the Grand Rapids Public Museum, and GVSU. The West Michigan Collective Access Consortium members met twice in 2018 to move towards a statewide collections sharing web portal.

Outcome D: Grand Valley supports innovative teaching, learning, integrative scholarly and creative activity, and the use of new technologies.

Objective 4.D.1

Encourage the use of the collection in non-traditional learning environments and across multiple audiences (i.e., non-traditional space programming).

Progress

2018 Status
Substantive Progress
Acquired virtual reality equipment and used for digital collection creation and engagement. Partnered with the Atomic Object Technology Showcase on multiple events and create art centric technological offerings based on GVSU art collection.

Outcome E: Grand Valley strategically allocates its fiscal, human, and other institutional resources.

Objective 4.E.2

Increase awareness with university administration and community supporters for current mission-related needs (exhibition space, event space, collection storage space, preparatory space, etc.).

Progress

2018 Status
Substantial Progress
Created case of supports for a dedicated museum and engagement labs facility and an open art storage facility with engagement lab. These were supplied to Development for future donor and community support. Acquired collection storage space at 223 Winter.

Objective 4.E.3

Provide responsible fiscal management of the acquisition budget as it relates to institutional projects.

Progress

2018 Status
Substantial Progress
All building project budgets came in or under the provided art budget with the exception of 1.

Outcome F: Grand Valley maintains best practices in art collection stewardship.

Objective 4.F.1

Identify collection-related needs (storage, acquisitions, access, care, etc.) and distribute and share these stewardship priorities with university administrations and community supporters.

Progress

2018 Status
Substantial Progress
Created case of supports for a dedicated museum and engagement labs facility and an open art storage facility with engagement lab. These were supplied to Development for future donor and community support. Acquired collection storage space at 223 Winter. Increased communication with the Provost Office for continued awareness and increased support.Begin endowment campaign for a dedicated fund for general operation and support.

Objective 4.F.3

Encourage and provide support for regional cultural collection care and management (i.e., Collective Access Consortium, presentations, etc.).

Progress

2018 Status
Substantive Progress
We led a 2 community wide efforts to continue working towards a state-wide collection care standard via the West Michigan Collective Access Consortium. We are also a contributor the IMLS grand funded Stepping Stones project for a state-wide standard digital platform for digital preservation.

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