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, execute and host exhibitions. 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, exhibitions and showcased projects from individual classes.

Everybody Knows This is Nowhere

The Padnos Student Gallery will be hosting
Guest Artist Emmy Bright

January 8th-12th, 2024
for a week-long campus visit and exhibition!  

Her works across drawing, writing, print and performance. She loves paper, wool and the material that Carhartt pants are made of. Across all of these materials, Bright’s work investigates the problem of empathy and the problem of boundaries asking – How do we be there for each other? For ourselves? And where is this “there” we’re all talking about?  She looks to psychology, art history and comedy for help and also uses lots of lists and diagrams.

Opening Reception & Gallery Artist Talk

Thursday, January 11th, 5-7 pm, 2024 

Stuart B. & Barbara H. Padnos Student Gallery 

3936 Calder Dr. Allendale, MI 49401

Exhibition Open

January 11th- February 1st, 2024

image of pink balloon on black iridescent ceramic plaque

Emmy Bright Interview

Click this image to learn about Emmy Bright's work in a short video produced by current VMA student James Kwiathowski a member of Curatorial Studio, Fall 2023!

installation shot of Claire Ashely's Distant Viridian Crush

Padnos Student Gallery Call for Proposals Winter 2024- NOW CLOSED

Please fill this form out by the end of the day on November 27th, 2023 if you are interested in proposing something for the Padnos Gallery in the Winter of 2024. The form is designed to be easy to submit with but does ask for some support information to better understand what is being proposed. This form is open to all current VMA Students, Faculty & Staff. Alternatively, paper copies of the form are available as well at the VRC RM1409 CAC.

Padnos Gallery Proposal Form: Winter 2024

If you have questions but want to submit, there is a spot for those questions at the bottom. If you prefer to ask questions before submitting, or have issues with the submission process, please to reach out to the Gallery Director using the contact below. Proposals will be reviewed and accepted/declined soon after they are submitted so the gallery schedule can be created.
Dulcee Boehm
[email protected]
Curator of Visual Resources & Gallery Director

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.

Claire Ashely's Distant Viridian Crush exhibiton

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 other areas to showcase 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]



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