Padnos Distinguished Artist-in-Residence
The Stuart B. and Barbara Padnos Distinguished Artist-In-Residence Chair for the Visual and Media Arts position is designed to enhance the experiences of art students, both majors and non-majors, at Grand Valley State University. Exceptional teaching and mentoring skills, excellent artistic productivity and reputation, and a broad knowledge of art would be core competencies we would seek in our candidates for the position. In addition, the candidates expertise in the business components of art including exhibiting ones own art, forging gallery and museum relationships and understanding the art marketplace would also enhance their potential value to our students educational experiences. In fact, we see the position as a catalyst to take our art students to new levels of preparation and accomplishment.
Stuart and Barbara Padnos
Stuart B. Padnos was a West Michigan community leader who impacted and changed the lives of many people through his contributions as a businessman, a philanthropist and a humanitarian. He served in the U.S. Army in Germany during World War II, was held as a prisoner of war, and awarded the Purple Heart with Oakleaf Cluster. After the war, Stuart joined his father’s Holland, Michigan scrap business, the Louis Padnos Iron and Metal Company, and married Barbara Jane Hermanson of Massachusetts. Barbara, who was a painter, encouraged Stuart to become a creative sculptor, transforming metal scrap into artworks such as the marching band sculpture found on the Grand Valley State University (GVSU) Allendale Campus. Barbara’s paintings are also on display in a variety of venues. In memory of Barbara, Stuart created and funded an endowed scholarship at GVSU to assist students who study abroad. To promote the teaching of art at GVSU, Stuart established the Padnos Distinguished Chair in 2005.
This endowed position gave GVSU the opportunity to create a legacy for future artists who practice and hone their skills in the Department of Visual and Media Arts. The Department is honored to have been the first unit on the GVSU campus to have an Endowed position.
Melanie Daniel (2017– )
Melanie Daniel was born in Victoria, British Columbia, and is based in Tel Aviv. She is represented by the Asya Geisberg Gallery, NY, and Chelouche Gallery, Tel Aviv, and Galerie des Tuiliers, Lyon, France. Her work has been widely exhibited internationally, with solo exhibitions at the Asya Geisberg Gallery, NY, Chelouche Gallery, Tel Aviv, Kelowna Art Gallery, British Columbia, Angelika Knapper Gallery, Stockholm, and group exhibitions at the Israel Museum of Art, Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Petach Tikva Museum of Contemporary Art. In 2012, she received the Pollock-Krasner Grant and a New York Foundation for the Arts Grant, and was a NARS Foundation Resident. In 2009 Daniel was awarded a solo exhibition for the Tel Aviv Museum of Art's Rappaport Prize for a Young Israeli Artist. Her work has been reviewed by The Huffington Post, CBC/Radio Canada, Frieze Magazine, and Newsweek. Melanie is currently the Padnos Distinguished Visiting Artist/Professor at the Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
You can visit Melanie Daniel's faculty page here.
Nayda Collazo-Llorens (2014–2017)
Nayda Collazo-Llorens, born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, is a visual artist engaged in a multi-disciplinary practice that includes drawing, printed matter, installation work, video, and text-based work, among others. Incorporating multiple mediums and strategies, she examines the way in which we perceive and process information, dealing with concepts of navigation, memory, language, hyperconnectivity and noise. Her work has been exhibited at the Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach, Richmond Center for Visual Arts in Kalamazoo, Museo Universitario del Chopo in Mexico City, The Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh, El Museo del Barrio in New York City, Art Museum of the Americas in Washington DC, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Juan, Puerto Rico, among other national and international institutions. Her work was included in the 3rd San Juan Poly/Graphic Triennial in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the 9th Havana Biennial in Havana, Cuba, and the 12th International Media Art Biennale in Wroclaw, Poland. Collazo-Llorens received an MFA from New York University and a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She was a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Fellow in 2012, and a Visiting Fellow at the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership in 2014. Her work has been reviewed in The New York Times, Art Net, Art US, Art Nexus, Art News, Arte al Día International, BOMBLOG, and Newcity, among others. Her work is represented by LMAKgallery, New York.
Learn more about the artist, please go to GVNow
Steven Sorman (2007–2010)
The first holder of the position was Professor Steven Sorman. He was selected through a national search process for an appointment in the department that began in 2007 and lasted through the winter of 2010. Steven, a printmaker, created a remarkable body of new work, and also designed and built a hand papermaking facility in the department. Additionally, he strengthened the practice of cross collaboration between departments by twice offering a course titled "Word and Image to Book," team-taught with Professor Patricia Clark from the Writing Department. He also team-taught painting courses with Associate Professor Jill Eggers, together taking students on field trips with the internationally recognized author and Michigan native, Jim Harrison, whose papers are entrusted to the Grand Valley’s archives. Steven’s work was exhibited at the Grand Rapids Art Museum and the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art while he occupied the position. As a lasting legacy to GVSU, Steven donated 30 of his prints to the GVSU Art Collection.
Every year, the Department of Visual and Media Arts hosts its Padnos Distinguished Artist-In-Residence Annual Event. During this event, the current chair of the endowed position presents his or hers creative practice to the university community at large, fulfilling the position vision of enhancing the experiences of art students, both majors and non-majors, at Grand Valley State University. The program for the annual event varies in each edition.
Re: Sampling - Remix and Appropriation in Music and Art (2016)
For the 2016 edition of the event, the department sponsored an evening of conversation between composer, multimedia artist editor and author DJ Spooky and Padnos Distinguished Artist in Residence Nayda Collazo-Loorens, moderated by Dr. Jill H. Casid. During Re:Sampling — Remix and Appropriation in Music and Art, the trio discussed various modes of sampling in our culture, in an active and engaging dialogue.
Markmaking: Shifts and Strategies (2015)
Nayda Collazo-Llorens gave a public lecture at the Loosemore Auditorium about her creative practice and her strategies to develop works of art that range from paintings, drawings, and videos to site-specific installations.