Winter 2014:
Free Play 29: Leanne King-MacDonald, viola
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Art Gallery, Performing Arts Center, GVSU Allendale Campus
Grand Rapids Symphony violist Leanne King-MacDonald presents an evening of recent compositions for viola and electronics.
Artist-Faculty Series: Grand Valley Winds
Monday, April 7, 2014
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Art Gallery, Performing Arts Center, GVSU Allendale Campus
The Grand Valley Winds will present a concert for wind quintet featuring works by Bach, Milhaud, Muczynski, and Klughardt.
GVSU faculty members are Christopher Kantner, flute; Marlen Vavrikova, oboe; Joel Schekman, clarinet; John Clapp, bassoon; and Richard Britsch, horn.
Guest Curator Talk: The History of Space Photography
Thursday, January 16, 2014
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Kirkhof Center » RM 2215
Guest Curator, Jay Belloli, discussed the extraordinary variety of astronomical photographs that have been created from the early nineteenth century through the present, including key images of the Earth from space; images of our solar system; and images of stars, galaxies, and the universe beyond. He also talked about the huge changes in technology that have created these photographs, and some of the breakthrough scientific discoveries these photographs have made possible, including the extraordinary advance in understanding of our place in the universe.
Extended Hours & Activities for Sibs & Kids!
Friday, January 24, 2014
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
In celebration of Sibs & Kids Weekend, the GVSU Art Galley was open until 9:00 PM on Friday, January 24.  Visitors could make sky viewing tools from the book,  Glimpses of Our Universe, by professor of physics, Doug Furton.  Everone that visited was given a delicious Moom Pie!

Movie Night: Spaceballs
Thursday, January 30, 2014
8:00 PM
GVSU Art Gallery hosted a movie night!  Students could watch Spaceballs and enjoy FREE popcorn in Area 51.  Sci-fi gear, tin foil hats, cosplay and space-inspired clothing were highly encouraged.
May the Schwartz be with you!  When Planet Spaceball's President Skroob sends evil Dark Helmet to steal all the air from planet Druidia, a determined, oddball crew sets out to stop him! But with the forces of darkness closing in on them at ludicrous speed, they'll need the help of the wise Yogurt and "The Schwartz" to save the day!
To Make a Man Appreciate the Creation of God: Space Travel and the Sacred - LIB100/201 Approved!
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Outer space is often connected symbolically and even theologically to the concept of "the heavens". This program explored the idea of stars, planets and other heavenly bodies as objects that hold religious significance, the way that space exploration (and resultant images from space) influence and are influenced by religious beliefs, and how religious practices are modified when they take place in space.

This lecture was presented by Deana Weibel and Glen Swanson.  Deana, Associate Professor and Chair of Anthropology at Grand Valley State University, is a cultural anthropologist whose work focuses primarily on religion, especially the topics of pilgrimage and sacred space.  Glen Swanson, an instructor of physics at GVSU, worked for NASA as historian of the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. 
Jazz Vocal Combo Recital
February 15, 2014
8 PM
The GVSU Ladies presented Sentimental Moon during The History of Space Photography exhibit.
Big History - The History of Everything
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Everything that exists has a history: each person, plant, animal and object, our planet, the entire universe. Each of these histories offers valuable insights, and collectively they reveal even more. Big History weaves evidence and perspectives from many scientific and historical disciplines into a single story – one that explores who we are, how we got here, how we are connected to everything around us, and where we may be heading.  In this lecture Professor Benjamin showed how Big History examines these connected histories on very large scales through a multidisciplinary approach that is focused on both the history of the non-human world, and on the major revolutions that have defined the human experience.

New Music Ensemble Annual Composition Competition
Thursday, March 13, 2014
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
The New Music Ensemble annual composition competition continues, as GVSU student composers created 60-second works in response to the Art Gallery show "The History of Space Photography." A judging panel chose three cash awards, and the audience favorite won a prize as well.

What's Up with the Spring Sky: Sky Viewing
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Doug Furton, Grand Valley State University professor of physics and astronomy, facilitated a planetarium tour of the sky in Area 51 followed by a chance to see the moon and Jupiter through a classic 4-inch Unitron refractor telescope.  The Art Gallery was open for a last chance to see The History of Space Photography.
Fall 2013:
Student Composer Electronic Compositions Concert
December 6, 2013
3 - 4 PM
GVSU Art Gallery, 1121 Performing Arts Center, Allendale Campus
Innovative Printmaking
September 10, 9:00am - 10:30am
GVSU Art Gallery, 1121 Performing Arts Center, Allendale Campus
Students enjoyed lively discussion and explored printmaking with artist, Cyril Lixenberg and master printmaker and faculty member, David Keister.
Coffee and Conversation with Cyril Lixenberg
September 19, 4:00pm - 5:30pm
GVSU Art Gallery, 1121 Performing Arts Center, Allendale Campus
We joined artist, Cyril Lixenberg, and guest curator, Timothy Chester for coffee and discussion about the artist’s creative journey and the journey of the Lixenberg collection to GVSU.  Chester spoke about the collection’s importance to GVSU and the value of the collection to students and Lixenberg discussed his work.
Music for Cyril Lixenberg
Tuesday, October 8, 8:00 PM
GVSU Art Gallery, 1121 Performing Arts Center, Allendale Campus
Under the direction of Dale Schriemer, professor of voice, GVSU voice students performed songs in honor of artist Cyril Lixenberg.  Selections included some of Cyril's favorites including music of the baroque, 20th century, and 30's and 40's jazz.  Students who participated were:  tenors Jared Rader and Logan S. Shields, sopranos Haley Hildrandt, Mary Mattingly, Alexandra Papas, and Ana McCallum, messo-soprano Clare Cavicchio and baritone Gabriel Reitemier.   Robert Byrens, affiliate piano faculty, is the pianist and student Gemma Watkins played cello for this evening of eclectic and charming music. 
Winter 2013:
April 2013
Art Gallery Chamber Music Series
Tuesday, April 2, 2013, 8:00 PM - 8:30 PM
The Art Gallery Chamber Music Series continued with a concert featuring Johann Sebastian Bach's first orchestral suite for mixed instrumentation including saxophone, piano, and flute. Both faculty and students performed in this chamber ensemble.
“Mystery, Magic, and Mayhem: Wonders from the American Museum of Magic” Events
  • Monday, January 28, 8-9 PM - Chamber Music Series - Mysterious music was presented by a variety of student performance groups.
  • Monday, February 18, 8-9 PM - Chamber Music Series - Mysterious music was presented by a variety of student performance groups.
  • Wednesday, February 20, 7 PM - Mark Schwartz, Associate Professor of Anthropology gave a very interesting presentation called the "The Art of Magic."  Schwartz will provide a brief history of magic and magic posters highlighting the artwork and magicians featured in the exhibition "Mystery, Magic and Mayhem." 
  • February 25,5:00 pm   Choreography students under the direction of Associate Professor of Dance, Shawn Bible presented a program called “An Aura of Mysticism” inspired by the exhibition “Mystery, Magic, and Mayhem."  This event took place the the Dance Studio.
  • Thursday, March 14, 6-7 PM - GVSU New Music Ensemble Gallery Competition - New Music Ensemble, under the direction of Associate Professor Bill Ryan performed a series of original one minute compositions to compliment the artworks in the "Mystery, Magic, and Mayhem" exhibit. Written by student composers for this yearly competition, awards are underwritten by Elaine and Larry Shay.  A panel of 3-5 judges determined the winners, based on whatever criteria they want. There is also an audience favorite prize!
  • Monday, March 18, 8-9 PM - Chamber Music Series - Mysterious music was presented by a variety of student performance groups.
  • Wednesday, March 20, 8:00 PM - A Slight of Hand: An Illusionary Night of Mystery and Magic in the Art Gallery.  Astudent magician performed some fantastic cards tricks and a local professional magician performed a series of mysterious feats designed to fool your senses while keeping you on the edge of your seat.
October/November 2012
The following events took place during the exhibition Forged in Metal: Deshi/Shihyou Mentee/Mentor
Gallery Talk
Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 11 AM to 12:15 PM
Join Professor Yoshinori Tsukudate and his student mentee, Miss Natsuko Kawabata, in the Art Gallery for a presentation of their work.  Tsukudate and Kawabata are from the Hiko Mizuno College of Jewelry in Tokyo.  Following the presentation, curators Renee Zettle-Sterling and James Bove will discuss the exhibition.
Concert: Student Chamber Music Ensembles
Thursday, October 18, 2012, 6-7 PM
Free and open to the public.  For more information, please call 616-331-3484 or visit www.gvsu.edu/music
An Evening of Haiku and Prose Poetry
Thursday, October 25, 2012, 6:30-8 PM
Students, faculty and staff members, members of the West Michigan Writer Group, and the community are invited to join us for an evening of haiku and prose poetry in the Art Gallery.  Guests may participate by reading an original piece of haiku or prose poetry on the theme of mentors and mentees, or they may come to enjoy the works read by others.  Two juried and two popular vote prizes of $50.00 will be awarded to a student and a nonstudent in each category.
Judges for the evening are Alison Swan and Wendy Colsen. Swan is an award-winning poet and prose writer who teaches environmental studies at Western Michigan University. Colsen is a longtime language arts teacher who is currently an instructor in the Education Department at Hope College.
Concert: Student Chamber Music Ensembles
Thursday, November 1, 2012, 6-7 PM
Free and open to the public.  For more information, please call 616-331-3484 or visit www.gvsu.edu/music
September 2012
Artist-Faculty Series: Gregory Crowell, harpsichord
Monday, September 17, 2012
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Art Gallery, Performing Arts Center, GVSU Allendale Campus
Gregory Crowell, affiliate professor at GVSU, will present a solo harpsichord recital. He has appeared as organist, harpsichordist, clavichoridst, lecturer, and conductor in Germany, Holland, France, Italy, Spain, Japan, Canada, and the United States. His solo performances have been described as "beautiful, flexible, expressive" (The Diapason), "full of panache and expression" (Ostfriesen Kurier), "reliable as a sunrise, steady as a rock, especially in the virtuoso finale" (The Grand Rapids Press), and "this listener cannot recall ever having heard better, " (The Boston Herald).
October 2011
Music of South America featuring Pablo Mahave-Veglia, Carlos de la Barrera, and Helen Marlais
Tuesday, October 11, 2011, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Sherman Van Solkema Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center, GVSU Allendale Campus
Cellist Pablo Mahave-Veglia, guitarist Carlos de la Barrera and pianist Helen Marlais presented a program of music by composers from Argentina.

Scheduled to coincide with the "Arte Argentino" exhibition in the GVSU Art Gallery from October 6 to November 4, this program explored the different influences and genres that mix in Argentinean culture. The heritage of Spanish folk traditions, their own mythic urban folklore of the Tango, and the avant-garde of the western concert music is exemplified through the music of such masters as Manuel de la Falla, Carlos Gardel, Alberto Ginastera, and Astor Piazzolla.
September 2011
DeVos Art Lecture #12:  Perspectives on ArtPrize
Friday, September 23, 2011,5:00pm
For the third consecutive year, Grand Valley State University hosted ArtPrize artists at its Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus.  From the Blue Bridge, east of the L.V. Eberhard Center, to the courtyard of the Richard M. DeVos Center on the far west, thirty-one artist will display outdoor work that vary in materials, scale, and message.
And to give you an insider's view of ArtPrize, the university presented its DeVos Art Lecture Series featuring a panel of highly creative individuals who shared their personal perspectives on ArtPrize - from hands-on experience to education adventures, from Buers Aires to Amsterdam to Michigan. A reception in the Hager-Lubbers Exhibition Hall adjacent to the auditorium immediately followed the discussion.
The distinguished Panelists were:
Dany Barreto - Mixed Media Artist, Buenos Aires
Juan Batalla - Sculptor, Buenos Aires, ArtPrize 2011
Rick DeVos - Social Entrepreneur and Founder of ArtPrize, Grand Rapids
Cyril Lixenberg - Sculptor, Amsterdam, ArtPrize 2010
Hubert Massey - Muralist, Detroit, MI, GVSU Alumnus
Cynthia McKean - Sculptor, Saugatuck, MI, ArtPrize 2010 and 2011
Jason Quigno - Sculptor, Saginaw Chippewa Tribe, MI, ArtPrize 2010 and 2011
Henry Matthews - Moderator, Director of Galleries and Collections, GVSU
Afternoon with the Arts - "Music for the Table"
Grand Valley Chamber Players
Monday, September 19, 2011, 3 PM
The program featured Tafelmusik I - Quartet in G Minor and Tafelmusik II - Quartet in D Minor by Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767) and Coffee Cantate by Johann Sebastian Bach(1685-1750).  Performing were Christopher Kantner, flute; Marlen Vavrikova, oboe; John Clapp, bassoon; Greg Crowell, harpsicord; Gregory Maytan, violin; Pablo Mahave-Veglia, cello; Kathryn Stieler, soprano.
March/April, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 5:30-6:30 pm
The New Music Ensemble and the Grand Valley State University Art Gallery presented 28 new student compositions celebrating the university's 50th anniversary.  Each fifty-second music composition is inspired by artwork selected from the Ravines Revisited exhibit.
Friday, April 15, 2011 at 5:00 pm
During the Revines Revisted exhibit people were invited to tour the Ravines with Professor of Geology, Peter Wampler.  The guided tour also discussed what improvements have been made in recent years by the university to control erosion caused by rainwater run-off.  Refreshments were served in the Art Gallery at the conclusion of the tour. 
September 2010
The 11th Annual DeVos Art Lecture -
2010 DeVos Art Lecture
Surrendering to the Journey
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Loosemore Auditorium, DeVos Center, Pew Grand Rapids Campus
Speaker:  Eames Demetrios, Chairman of the Eames Foundation and Director of Eames Office
Eames Demetrios has lectured in 32 countries on topics ranging from his own
films, to teaching scale, to the work of his grandparents, Charles and Ray Eames, to the creation of his alternative universe, Kcymaerxthaere.  Almost always his presentations focus on one topic or the other.  At Grand Valley State University, host of one of Eames' alternative universe plaques, during ArtPrize, during Powers of Ten year (2010), and a stone's throw from Herman Miller where the Eameses did so much, Demetrios wove some of the myriad threads of his life journey together in the DeVos Art Lecture.
Also introduced were the artists who participated in ArtPrize 2010 at our exhibition center.


February 2010

Snapshots from the Art Gallery: A Composition and Choreography Competition
Produced and directed by Professors Shawn Bible and William Ryan
Sunday, February 28, 5:00 p.m. at Studio Theatre, 1600 Performing Arts Center
Choreographed dance performances set to 60 one minute original musical scores all inspired by the works in “Enduring Traditions”

October 2009

Identifying Traditional Influences in Modern Indian Folk Art
Saturday, October 3, 2009
GVSU Art Gallery
Using the works on display in the Mystic India exhibition, Ellen Sprouls discussed the traits that predominate Indian art.  These include the use of full forms, an abundance of ornamentation, rich textures, and vibrant color.

Ellen Sprouls is an independent museum program specialist.  She holds a B.A. in American studies and history from Skidmore College.

Traditional Indian Dance Demonstration
Saturday, October 3 and Wednesday, October 7, 2009
GVSU Art Gallery
Held in conjunction with Mystic India, Land of Color and Tradition we listened to traditional Indain music played on native instruments and watched the graceful movements of dancers as they performed modern and traditional Indian works.

A Look at Contemporary Indian Graphic Design
Monday, October 12
GVSU Art Gallery
What are the traditional influences on modern Indian graphic design and illustration?  Held in conjunction with Mystic India, Land of Color and Tradition, Anvita Jain explored traditional influences and context in her body of work. 

Anvita Jain is an illustrator/graphic designer working in New Delhi, India.  She has degrees from the National Institute of Fashion Design in New Delhi and the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, UK.  Building upon Indian vernacular, her work is a vibrant mix of typography and illustrations inspired by craft, fashion, and randomness.

India:  The Perfect Place To Photograph
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Calder Art Center
Inspired by teaching introduction to Asian art, Kirsten Strom joined a group of business students on a tour of India.  Initially inspired by the architecture, Kirsten discussed the content and context of the photographs she took on her trip to India.  Held in conjunction with Mystic India, Land of Color and Tradition.

Kirsten Strom teaches art history in the Department of Art and Design at GVSU.  She received her Ph.D.  in art history from the University of Iowa, her M.A. in modern art history and criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and her B.A. in art history form the University of Illinois, Chicago.

Vegetarianism in a Nutshell
Tuesday, October 20
Performing Arts Center
What is Vegetarianism?  Is it eating salads all of your life?  How do you get your proteins?  Is it about animal cruelty and tree huggers?  Medha Kosalge, the guest curator of Mystic India
offered some answers from India.

Madha Kosalge was born, raised, and educated in India.  She came to the United States with her husband who is currently a professor at GVSU.

September 2009

10th Annual DeVos Art Lecture:
The Purpose of Design

Thursday, September 24, 2009
Loosemore Auditorium
This lecture explored the symbiotic relationship between art and design, their differences, similarities and their role in today's economy.  Drawing on experiences with Herman Miller Inc., author, lecturer and Director of Design West Michigan, John Berry shared his views and experiences relating to design in today's world.

March 2009

Soiree Musicale

Friday, March 20, 2009
GVSU Art Gallery
A celebration of French music performed by Department of Music faculty member Mark Markham on piano, Dale Schriemer on baritone, and Nancy Stagnitta on flute. 
The program was in conjunction with the Robert L. Hoskins and Erwin A. Raible Collection of "Fin de Siècle" French Prints exhibition at the GVSU Art Gallery.

Musical Postcards form Paris
Thursday, March 12, 2009
GVSU Art Gallery
GVSU's acclaimed New Music Ensemble, directed by Bill Ryan, premiered new works by student composers. 
The program was in conjunction with the Robert L. Hoskins and Erwin A. Raible Collection of "Fin de Siècle" French Prints exhibition at the GVSU Art Gallery.

Poetry Hour with Patricia Clark's Advanced Poetry Students
Monday, March 9, 2009
GVSU Art Gallery
Original poetry and readings from Paris poetry of the time period was held in conjunction
with the Robert L. Hoskins and Erwin A. Raible Collection of "Fin de Siècle" French Prints exhibition at the GVSU Art Gallery.

January 2009

Conversation with Collector Erwin A. Raible

Monday, January 19, 2009
Loosemore Auditorium
Collector Erwin Raible, in interview form with Dale Schriemer, from the GVSU Music Department, gave a talk about the many French prints he has acquired. 
The program was in conjunction with the Robert L. Hoskins and Erwin A. Raible Collection of "Fin de Siècle" French Prints exhibition at the GVSU Art Gallery.

Le Premier Palais des Femmes
Friday, January 16, 2009
1600 Performing Art Center
Assistant Professor Shawn T. Bible will direct GVSU Dance students as they perform the wildly ecstatic and provocative dances of late 19th century France.
The program was in conjunction with the Robert L. Hoskins and Erwin A. Raible Collection of "Fin de Siècle" French Prints exhibition at the GVSU Art Gallery.

November 2008

9th Annual DeVos Art Lecture:
The Wonder that is Alten:  Ambition, Attraction, and Achievement

Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Loosemore Auditorium
An enlightening presentation about Mathias Alten was given by E. Jane Connell, Director of Collections and Exhibitions/Senior Curator of the Muskegon Museum of Art.

An Evening with Alten . . .
a Rededication of the Expanded George and Barbara Gordon Gallery

Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Hosted by Thomas J. Haas, President and Maribeth Wardrop, Vice President for Development, Grand Valley State University with dinner in the Meijer Regency Room and ribbon cutting to follow.  In honor of George and Barbara Gordon, Grand Valley State University art patrons.

April 2008

Portraits reflecting the diversity of Grand Valley

April 3, 2008

October 2007

8th Annual DeVos Art Lecture:

Thursday, October 11, 2007
Loosemore Auditorium
Richard M. DeVos Center, Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus

British-born Dutch artist, Cyril Lixenberg, is a prolific contributor to the contemporary art scene in the Netherlands, and has enjoyed much critical success in the United States. With work rooted in the tradition of classical modern art from the early 20th century, Lixenberg has built an extensive oeuvre of silkscreen prints, metal sculpture and monumental works.  Since the late 1980s Lixenberg has become a familiar member of the West Michigan artistic community exhibiting in Muskegon, Holland and Grand Rapids.

Lixenberg recently completed the 33-foot steel tall sculpture, titled, Steel Water, 
located next to the new JW Marriot Hotel in downtown Grand Rapids and on the banks of the Grand River.

Grand Valley State University’s permanent collection harbors the single largest archive of Lixenberg’s work. With more than 300 individual works on paper and sculpture donated by the artist, the Lixenberg Collection represents one of every print produced during the artist’s career, and continues to be enhanced with the most recent editions of his prints, sculpture and archival materials.

September 2007

Steel Water Dedication:
Friday, September 14, 2007

A public dedication of Steel Water, a Cyril Lixenberg sculpture, commemorating Grand Rapids' pioneering role in world health through water fluoridation.

On the plaza of the JW Marriott
235 Louis Street NW
Grand Rapids, Michigan
11:00 am - rain or shine

Born in London in 1932, Cyril Lixenberg lives and works in Amsterdam, where he is a prolific graphic artist and a sculptor on monumental steel works. He also enjoys critical success in the United States enhanced by numerous public and private commissions. Steel Water is his third major public sculpture commission in the region.

Also on September 14th from 2:00 to 7:00 pm,
Meet the artist and reception at Lafontsee Galleries, 820 Monroe Avenue NW
Exhibition runs through October 19, 2007
Visit www.lafontsee.us     616.451.0820

February 2007

Images of Separation: Historical and Contemporary Examples
David Pilgrim, Professor of Social Sciences and Curator of the Jim Crow Museum at Ferris State University, will talk about the exhibit
(In conjunction with the exhibit, Them: Images of Separation)

January 2007

Musical Performance:
Free Play Six: Listening Chamber
Guests enjoyed a wide variety of electro-acoustic music amid a display of inspiring, contemporary works by nationally renowned metal-smiths, Dennis Nahabetian and Tara Stephenson
(In conjunction with the exhibit, Reconstruction: Recent Work by Dennis Nahabetian and Tara Stephenson)

October 2006

Artist, Rana Chalabi discusses her role as a woman artist, and Sufi Muslim living in Cairo today
(In conjunction with the exhibit, Ancient Sites Revisited: Watercolors of Egypt by Rana Chalabi)

Visiting scholar from the College of William and Mary, Dr. Caroline Williams, spoke on the work of 19th Century Scottish artist, David Roberts, and his famous views of Egyptian monuments
(In conjunction with the exhibit, 19th Century Views of Egypt by David Roberts, On Loan from Erwin Raible, NY)

February - March 2006

Various exhibition programs:
GVSU Art Gallery sponsored poetry readings, lectures, and discussions by
Patricia Clark, Professor, Department of Writing, GVSU
Chris Carron, Curator of Collections, Grand Rapids Public Museum
Joseph Antenucci Becherer, Director and Curator, Sculpture Program, Frederik Meijer Gardens
Paris Tennenhouse, Exhibit Designer, GVSU Art Gallery
(In conjunction with the exhibit, Echoes of the Ancient World: Adaptations of the Classical Tradition)

October 2005

Artists Hope Brooks, Natalie Butler, Margaret Chen, Prudence Lovell, Petrona Morrison, and Hope "Sweetie" Wheeler discuss their insights with students, staff, and community visitors in the Alumni House
(In conjunction with the exhibit, Jamaica Today: 6 Women Artists)

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