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Visual and Media Arts Academic Department Coordinator
Office: 1105 Alexander Calder Fine Arts Center
Phone: (616) 331-2567
Brandie came to the Visual and Media Department in the fall semester of 2017. She has had a variety of roles during her working career, ranging from elementary art instruction to baker to administration. Her background and her education at Kendall College of Art & Design for Interior Design has provided her with a unique ability to look at problems with a creative mind allowing her to develop and offer innovative solutions.
When Brandie isn’t working, she spends her time baking, learning the cello, or hanging out with her husband and four children traveling and seeing the occasional Broadway play.
Sculpture Lab, Metal Lab and Woodshop Technician
Office: 1824 Alexander Calder Fine Arts Center
Phone: (616) 331-3615
Visual Resources Library Curator
1409 Calder Arts Center
As Curator of the Visual Resources Library, Yin-Fen Pao has joined the Department of Visual and Media Arts since 2009. Her responsibilities consist of library operations, digital imaging system management and collection development. To provide students and faculty with the best possible library service is Yin-Fen’s goal. She has more than twenty years of experience within academic and corporate libraries, which include Gateway Community and Technical College in Kentucky, Madonna University and Ford Motor Company in Detroit. Yin-Fen’s educational background comprises a bachelor’s degree of literature from Tamkang University in Taiwan, master’s degrees of art history as well as library science from Ohio State University and Wayne State University, and doctoral study in art history at University of Michigan. Buddhist Art and Contemporary Chinese Art History are her research areas.
Photographic Imaging Systems Technician
Office: 102 Lake Superior Hall
Phone: (616) 331-8175
Jason Rutter graduated from Grand Valley State University in the winter of 2007 with a degree in photography. While attending college he worked as a darkroom assistant for photographer David Plowden. The time he spent working with Plowden greatly influenced his photographic career by being a teacher of the process and a mentor of ideas. His personal work has taken on several themes and directions ranging from documentaries about Michigan farms, industrial sites at night, and images dealing with the natural landscape. Several of his projects have been on exhibition, while other selected works exist in collections by members of the West Michigan community. He is currently a full time photography technician for the Grand Valley State University.
Jim is a Systems Technician for Production Support Resources serving the Dept. of Visual and Media Arts and the School of Communications. He also teaches courses in special effects and editing for the Film and Video Production major, specializing in Adobe After Effects, Photoshop, and Premiere Pro.
Jim has been producing films since the early 1990s. One of his first films, An Interview with Lou Raynor, resides in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Jim works in a variety of genres from non-profit and corporate to documentary and narrative features and shorts. His 2009 documentary Up From the Bottoms: The Search for the American Dream won five festival awards in 22 festivals and aired on PBS nationally from 2011 to 2014. The documentary also aired on television in the UK and South Africa and is in every major university library in the United States.
Jim is currently in production on Buster Keaton: Home, a documentary about the film legend's early years as a child star in vaudeville and his time at an Actors' Colony in the town he called home - Muskegon, Michigan. In recent years, Jim has also produced and edited six projects for Nutrilite, a division of Amway Inc., countless projects for the Richard M. DeVos Foundation and co-produced the narrative short Moths, a graduate thesis project from Columbia University MFA student, Andy Fortenbacher, which was a semi-finalist for an Academy Award in the Short category.
Jim was a presenter at the 2013 Postapalooza Editing Conference where he taught several sessions on Adobe After Effects. Jim spends his free time volunteering in the community, taking photographs, golfing, and playing with his two adorable granddaughters.
Visual and Media Arts Department Secretary
Office: 1105 Alexander Calder Fine Arts Center
Phone: (616) 331-2566
Jenna serves as Department Secretary for the Visual and Media Arts Department. She comes to Grand Valley with years of experience in teaching in Early Childhood Education as well as in administrative assisting work within the West Michigan medical industry. Her experiences have afforded her the opportunity to teach and work in culturally-diverse environments while serving the communities around her. Her passions include student success, human interaction, and the arts, all of which she is able to experience daily at GVSU.
In her time outside of work, Jenna enjoys being Mom to three daughters, going to concerts and music festivals, vacations to Disney, and spending time outside along the lakeshore.