Stuart B. and Barbara H. Padnos Student Gallery

The Stuart B. and Barbara H. Padnos Student Gallery is a unique venue on the Grand Valley State University Allendale Campus. Its primary function is to offer students the opportunity to organize and execute exhibitions of their own. In the recent past, students have organized, juried and installed various exhibitions and events for a variety of audiences. The Gallery space is regularly programmed with BFA thesis shows and showcased projects from individual classes.

Grace Close  BFA Exhibition sample, including printmaking & seen here small ceramic tooth-like figures on a black & white suface.
BFA Opening Fall, 2021 including Kalie Swifts work primarily Illustrative works.
Margie Griggs, BFA Exhibition of primarily print-based featuring birds and other wildlife native to the Midwest.
Damian White's BFA Exhibition project based in Graphic Design including branding.
BN Symons BFA project which was a primarily sculpture & installation based project including found objects, drawings and other media.
Image of BFA Exhibition "Monomania" which shows Abby Spencers work primarily, which was primarily large-scale colorful paintings.

Padnos Gallery View

Experience the Padnos Student Gallery Exhibitions

Visit the Stuart B. and Barbara H. Padnos Art & Design Student Gallery to experience the works on display this semester. The Gallery is located on the Lower Level of Calder Art Center, there are both stairs and an elevator for visitor access. 


Other Campus Galleries

Department of Visual & Media Arts BFA Exhibition titled "Enhance" included Graphic Design Student work & Photography Student work.

Grand Valley State University Art Gallery

The GVSU Art Gallery organizes and maintains an active exhibition schedule in six different gallery spaces across two campuses. 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 Michigan-based visual artists. These are on view in buildings throughout the Allendale, Grand Rapids, Holland, Muskegon, and Traverse City campuses.

Grand Valley State University Art Gallery



Portal Spaces showing white and translucent swirly artworks

Portal Spaces

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.



Padnos Student Gallery Forms and Information



MAEA Image Studio Exhibition showing people in the gallery space and brightly colored projections

Gallery Director Information

Renee Zettle-Sterling portrait

For questions about Gallery Exhibitions, please contact:

Curator of Visual Resources Dulcee Boehm 
Gallery Director
Calder Arts Center
(616) 331-3486
[email protected]



Page last modified November 14, 2022