Exhibition Highlights

GVSU Art Gallery:

Winter 2014 -

The History of Space Photography
January 15 – March 21, 2014
- From the earliest black-and-white photographs of the moon to the most recent images taken from the Mars Curiosity rover, The History of Space Photography exhibition features 50 noteworthy images from the last 50 years of space exploration. 

These stunning and beautiful visuals, including video projections of celestial animations, were captured by astronauts, astronomers, and data visualization experts.   

Grand Valley State University Art Gallery had the pleasure to share these historic cosmic images with the university.  The History of Space Photography exhibition was organized by the California/ International Arts Foundation and was guest curated by Jay Belloli, former Director of Gallery Programs at the Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA.

BFA Exhibition:  Zone
March 31-April 3, 2014
- Zone was the senior exhibition for BFA students Alison Huffman, Rayne Klar, Jessica Loosenort, and Derek Thompson. Viewers were invited to experience each of the zones of gallery space, whether that zone was represented by an actual area of space, a feeling, idea, or even a movement.  Zone contained a wide variety of art, including touchable sculptures, interesting digital and visual art, colorful illustrations, and large, mural-like paintings.

BFA Exhibition:  Wide Open
April 7-10, 2014
- Wide Open was a group BFA thesis show, and included the work of five graduating students from Grand Valley State University’s Art & Design program.   Included in the exhibit was a selection of illustrations by Emily Hahn, Makayla Monroe and Parker Nugent and sculptures by Richelle Nuney and Sara Weimer.

School of Communications Photography Senior Thesis:  Effective Perspective
April 14-25, 2014 - The Grand Valley State University photography students showed their work in an exhibit, entitled Effective Perspective.   This group show included the work of 13 students and a wide variety of styles - photographic installations, image transfers, Polaroid abstraction, digital and film photographs.  The photography students' work included in this exhibit were:  Emily Alberts, Jessica Ball, Hillery Burgess, Mikki Fujimora, Amalia Heichelbach, Maria Kirch, Samantha Lackey, Robert Matthews, Mark Rheaume, Daniel Rolfe, Megan Sinderson, Kayla Sullivan, Molly Van De Wege


Red Wall Gallery:

Winter 2014 -

The Muslim Graves in Southeast Michigan
January 6  March 14, 2014 - Muslims have been in Southeast Michigan for well over a century. They are buried in at least 20 different places. In their burial styles, they are not a uniform community but are a mosaic of diverse ethnic and religious sub-communities drawn from around the world. They include individuals from at least 26 different countries, former countries, or special ethnic or religious groups. Many of these have their own ways of expressing their final sentiments. Some stones emphasize faith in God; others emphasize national or ethnic heritage, hobbies, clubs, affiliations, happy marriages, or proud military service. Ronald R. Stockton, Professor of History, University of Michigan-Dearborn created the 39 photographs in the exhibit, demonstrate the incredible diversity of this complex population.

fishladder and Student Scholars Day Exhibition
March 24 – April 21, 2014 - An exhibition of selections from the award winning Fishladder: Student Journal of Art and Writing celebrating the scholarship and creativity of Grand Valley State University students.  Fishladder is a student-run journal that publishes student fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, drama, photography, and art. Students from all disciplines in the university are encouraged to submit work in all styles, genres, and forms. fishladder student staff members carefully consider submissions, and final decisions are made by the editors. The yearly print edition is unveiled every April, with copies available in Lake Ontario Hall and across the Allendale campus. The online edition is updated annually and archived continually.


West Wall Gallery:

Winter 2014 -

Les Nabis: French Prophets of Modern Art, A Selection from the Robert L. Hoskins and Erwin A. Raible Collection of Fin de Siècle French Prints. A Gift of Elaine Rutowski Shay
August 23, 2013 - Friday, April 25, 2014
- The word “Nabis” means prophet in Hebrew and Arabic and was a term applied to a rebellious group of young art students at the Académie Julian in Paris, France. The poet Henri Cazalis (1840 - 1909) coined the term “Les Nabis” by drawing parallels between these artists, who aimed to revitalize painting much as the ancient Jewish prophets rejuvenated Israel. This movement set an avant-garde pace for art, one that was distinctly different from the Impressionist painters who used small, thin brush strokes to emphasize accurate depictions of light. Erv Raible began collecting when he and his business partner opened cabaret and piano bar style clubs in New York City. A critical question they faced was, “what should the club's ambiance be?” One of the clubs Raible revitalized had chandeliers that resembled Moulin Rouge in the 1890s and Raible quickly thought of the artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Fin de siècle French prints became the collectors’ focus. GVSU acquired this collection of French Prints in 2009 and has made numerous reproductions since for display purposes. This French print collection today may be found on the GVSU Allendale Campus, Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus, and the Detroit Center.


Thornapple Room:

Winter 2014 -

California Dreams: An Exhibit of Antique Fruit Crate Labels from the Collection of David King
January 6 – April 26, 2014
- In 1870, Los Angeles was a dusty, southern California ranch town of 5,000 inhabitants on the meandering Porcincula River. By 1876, the Southern Pacific Railroad reached the town and made it possible to ship a new, locally cultivated variety of orange to the big, eastern and mid-western markets. The big, sweet and seedless Navel orange variety was a huge success “back East”. Demand for the newly available fruit was unprecedented.

Orange groves rapidly proliferated and it soon became necessary for individual growers to brand and indemnify their fruit. The orange crate label was born. This unique marketing form lasted only about 70 years—from 1880 to 1950—when wooden crates were replaced by cheaper cardboard boxes—but provides a fascinating and colorful history of the region and of this uniquely California industry.

California Dreams was an exhibition of orange crate labels from the collection of David King, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design, Grand Valley State University.