Visual Resource Center (VRC)

The purpose of the Visual Resources Center (VRC) is to support student learning & faculty teaching in the Department of Visual & Media Arts and the GVSU community. This includes the constant improvement and development of visual resources.

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Resources & Opportunities

Documentation Stations

Documentation stations are available for use by VMA Students, Faculty & Staff in the VRC, the set ups are geared for smaller scale 3D and 2D based works. 

Stations Include: LED 3D cube studio approx. 36x36 in with 6 backdrop variations, DSLR Camera to be used in VRC only, SD Card to be used in VRC only, LED copy stand, High resolution scanner, iMac, Adobe Editing software, expertise/guidance on file editing & management

If you are interested in using the stations, please email the Curator of Visual Resources and the stations can be reserved for use and/or sign up on the sheet just outside the VRC door at 1409 CAC. There is a short training that each user needs to complete to ensure high-quality results and safety of the equipment. 

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"Distant Viridian Crush"  opened in the Padnos Gallery January 12th - February 2nd, 2023 by Guest Artist Claire Ashley

2024 Padnos Student Gallery Guest Artist Emmy Bright

"Emmy Bright works in drawing, print, and social practice. Her work investigates subjectivity and desire through the lenses of comedy, art history, pop music, psychology, and philosophy." -Cranbrook Academy of Art Website

Installation Date: January 8-11th

Opening Event January 11th 5-7pm

Current VMA Students, Staff & Faculty are encouraged to get to know Emmy by signing up to help her install her artwork in January. Please visit the VRC for more information!

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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. The Padnos Student Gallery schedule, programming and and events are managed by the Curator of Visual Resources. 



Guest artist Claire Ashley Exhibition image using the Oculus

"Distant Viridian Crush"  opened in the Padnos Gallery January 12th - February 2nd, 2023 by Guest Artist Claire Ashley

Digital Print Shop

The Digital Print Shop is operated by student print technicians. It is open during the regular school year and not open in the summer. During the school year, open hours vary with student worker schedules. Visit the Digital Print Shop Website, see current hours, and options for printing.

For further information or questions you can contact the digital print shop during open hours at: (616) 331-3150. Or email the digital print shop at [email protected] 

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VRC Hours

Use of the VRC is managed by the Curator of Visual Resources, and the typical hours are 8-4pm M-F during the academic year.

Exceptions to these hours include holidays, events, workshops and special projects. Please email Dulcee Boehm [email protected], Curator of Visual Resources, before stopping by to avoid double booking of resources. 




Dulcee Boehm

Curator of Visual Resources

Phone: (616) 331-3644
Email: [email protected]

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Page last modified November 1, 2023