Art and Design Department

Art Galleries

The department offers several on-campus galleries for exhibitions by students, faculty, and professionals.

The Stuart B. and Barbara H. Padnos Student Art and Design Gallery

This gallery is a unique venue on the GVSU campus. Its primary function is to offer students the opportunity to organize and execute exhibitions of their work. In the recent past, students have sponsored juried themed exhibitions of work, used the space for BFA thesis shows and showcased projects from individual classes.

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Fall 2014 BFA Exhibitions in the Padnos Student Gallery

•August 25-28 and September 3-4
White Cube Show: Space Studio Students-- ART 395

• September 8-18
Cultural Topography: Blaire Bancroft

• September 22- October 2
AIGA-Graphic Design Show: Curated by Ross Tanner

• October 6-16

Latex Overwear: Sean Hamilton

• October 20-30

SPECTRA: Amanda Northrop

• November 3-13

Symbols of : Wansoo Kim

• November 17-21
BFA Exhibition Christine Elliot- Illustration and Marcel Hayes- Illustration
Reception November 20, 5-7 pm 

• December 1-4
BFA Exhibition: Matt Rettinger- Illustration and Christopher Smyka-Metals
Reception: December 4, 5-7 pm

Winter 2015 BFA Exhibitions in the Padnos Student Gallery

• January 5-15
Gallery Lab: Curatorial Studio Students- ART 392

• January 19-29
Ellie Lubbers: One Person Exhibit

• February 2-12
Ledonna Baily:
One Person Exhibit

• February 16-26
Art Education Exhibitions
1. Visual Brainstorming: High School Art Show: Katalin Zaszlavik
2. The Role of Play in the Artisti Process: Exceptional Students Show Katalin Saszlavik

March 16-26
3rd Annual Juried Student Exhibition
Reception and Awards Ceremony, March 17, 5-6 pm

• March 20-April 3
BFA Exhibition
Reception, April 2, 5-7 pm

• April 6-10
BFA Exhibition
Reception, April 9, 5-7 pm


April 13-17
BFA Exhibition
Reception, April 16, 5-7 pm

Contracts and Forms for Exhibitors in The Padnos Student Gallery

PSG food waiver

PSG contract

PSG main floor plan

PSG mezzanine floor plan

The Grand Valley State University Art Gallery

The gallery sponsors several exhibitions each year that showcase work of contemporary artists active in the United States and internationally. 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 of Michigan’s finest visual artists. These are on view in buildings throughout the Allendale, Grand Rapids, Holland, Muskegon, and Traverse City campuses.

For a listing of exhibits at the Performing Arts Center Gallery go to:


Department of Art and Design, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan

Page last modified October 26, 2014