Visual and Media Arts Academic Department Coordinator
Office: 1403 Alexander Calder Fine Arts Center
Phone: (616) 331-2567
Brandie is our newest addition to the Visual and Media Arts Department. 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
Ceramics Lab Technician
Office: 1404 Calder Arts Center
Phone: (616) 331-3334
Originally from Ellsworth, WI, Sean Larson earned a B.F.A. in Ceramics from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and an M.F.A in Ceramics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Sean's work has been exhibited and published nationally. Recent exhibitions include the Northern Clay Centers By Recommendation, Morean Arts Centers 2013, Functional/Dysfunctional, and NCECAs National Juried Student Exhibition in Philadelphia. During his undergraduate studies, Larson was also a gifted athlete, achieving All-American status three times in Track and Field, earning 4th place in the Hammer Throw, finishing as a National Runner-up in Weight Throw, and winning a National Championship in the Discus Throw.
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 1990’s. 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.
Technology Support Specialist
Office: 1403 Alexander Calder Fine Arts Center
Phone: (616) 331-3724
Art, education, and technology have such deep meaning and broad influence in the world. From hieroglyphics to the printing press to the internet, technology, education and art are paramount.
This is why Nate is so passionate about helping equip people to create, utilize, and adapt in these areas. Nate’s career experience highlights this passion. Nate has been a music teacher, a creative arts director, worked for Apple, and in the technology department at Hudsonville Public Schools.
Nate gets to harness all of his passions, education and experience working with the Visual & Media Arts department at Grand Valley State University.