Shared Passion: A Gift of the Stuart and Barbara Padnos Foundation Collection
August 22 – October 31, 2014
Fall Arts Celebration: September 30, 2014, 5-7 p.m.

Throughout their long marriage, businessman and philanthropist Stuart Padnos and his wife Barbara amassed a notable collection of art filling their waterfront home in Holland, Michigan. The collection served as an overview of both European and American art of the twentieth century and as a legacy to the couple’s evolving artistic aesthetic and wide range of interests. The couple’s shared passion for collecting joined notable international names such as Marc Chagall, Raoul Dufy, Joan Miro and Paul Emile Pissarro with American regionalist artist Thomas Hart Benton, Childe Hassam, Grandma Moses and Mathias Alten.
The Stuart and Barbara Padnos Foundation gifted a significant portion of the couple’s art collection to Grand Valley State University in 2013. Previously, in memory of his wife’s adventurous and open-minded spirit, Stuart Padnos established the Barbara H. Padnos International Scholarship for Grand Valley students. In 2005, Stuart established the Stuart and Barbara Padnos Chair in Art and Design to promote the teaching of art at Grand Valley, and the exhibition space in the Calder Art Center was named to honor the couple’s generosity and commitment to the arts.
Gallery hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 AM to 5 PM and Thursday from 10 AM to 7 PM. 


Free and open to the public.

GVSU Art Gallery is located at 1121 Performing Arts Center, Allendale Campus. Exhibitions are free and open to the public. Metered parking available in the Kirkhof lot.

Call the Art Gallery at (616) 331-2563 for more information.

Click here for directions to the GVSU Art Gallery.

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