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.

image of the VRC worktable area surrounded by books and with colorful prints on the table

Resources & Opportunities

Documentation Stations

Documentation stations will be available beginning Winter 2023 to be used 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. There is a short training that each user needs to complete to ensure high-quality results and safety of the equipment. 

Winter Workshops

January 19 1:30-2:30 pm Money Basics in Visual & Media Arts

February 13 1:30-2:30 pm Social Media's Role

March 1 3-4:00 pm Making/Finding/Getting the Job 

April 15 3-4:00 pm Have an inspiring Summer!


These workshops are led by visiting professionals, VMA, GVSU Alums and are catered creative professionals at a beginner level. They are hosted in the Visual Resources Center RM1409 CAC by current VMA Students and intentionally small with a cap of only 10 Students. For more information & registration to these workshops please see the form: VRC Winter Workshops 2023

2023 Padnos Student Gallery Guest Artist Claire Ashley

"Scottish-born, Chicago-based artist Claire Ashley mines the language of painterly abstraction, monumental sculpture, slapstick humor, and Pop Art to transform ordinary materials into inflatable painted sculptures."

Installation Dates: January 10-12

Opening Event January 12th 5-7pm Padnos Student Gallery

"Distant Viridian Crush"  open January 12th - February 2nd, 2023

Current VMA Students, Staff & Faculty are encouraged to get to know Claire by signing up to help her install her artwork January 10-12th. There is also an opportunity for students to join Claire for dinner on Wednesday January 11th, 2023. Please visit the VRC to sign up and get to know the 2023 Padnos Student Gallery Guest Artist! 

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people standing in circle for design-based workshop
image of brightly colored crunchy inflatable artwork by Claire Ashley

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. 



BN Symons BFA Exhibition image

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] 

Digital Print Shop vinyl colors and workspace

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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