The department offers several on-campus galleries for exhibitions by students, faculty, and professionals. During the academic year, the department sponsors a series of class-themed exhibits, student-solo shows, visiting artists lectures, along with the Annual Student Juried Show.
Majors in the fine arts complete a Senior exhibition of their Senior Project at the end of their graduation semester. The exhibit can be held in one of the galleries on campus or in an off-campus location.
The Stuart B. and Barbara H. Padnos Student Visual and Media Arts Gallery
This gallery is a unique venue on the GVSU campus. Its primary function is to offer students the opportunity to organize and execute exhibitions of their work. In the recent past, students have sponsored juried themed exhibitions of work, used the space for BFA thesis shows and showcased projects from individual classes.
Other Exhibition Galleries
The Grand Valley State University Art Gallery
The GVSU Art Gallery sponsors several exhibitions each year that showcase work of contemporary artists active in the United States and internationally. In addition, it is the venue for several BFA thesis shows every semester. The gallery staff also oversees GVSU's extensive art collection which includes over 5000 works. It features a wide range of media by nationally and internationally recognized artists, faculty, alumni, and many of Michigan s finest visual artists. These are on view in buildings throughout the Allendale, Grand Rapids, Holland, Muskegon, and Traverse City campuses.
Performing Arts Center Gallery
In addition to formal galleries, the Department of Visual and Media Arts includes additional areas to show student work. Faculty use these spaces, on a rotating basis, to display projects from a single class or to highlight student portfolios.