A Look Back at 2022 with the GVSU Art Gallery
A Look Back at 2022 with the GVSU Art Gallery

GVSU Art Gallery

2022 in Review
A look back at exhibitions, acquisitions, and new art on campus in 2022.  
BUT FIRST, here's a preview of what's coming in 2023.
cake made of dynamite next to a woman's face with snake hair, her eye covered by balloons
Andre Ray, Careful What You Wish For,
acrylic on canvas, courtesy of the artist
Convergence: Cracks in the Glass Ceiling
GVSU Art Gallery (PAC 1121)
Haas Center for Performing Arts
January 13 - March 31, 2023  
This exhibition pushes the boundaries between culture, community, and visual art experiences. Featuring a unique group of artists who create vibrant contemporary pieces using traditional art elements while also blurring the lines between street art and contemporary works.
This exhibition is co-created with MUSE GR, curated by Stephen and Taylor Smith. The exhibition will be hosted concurrently at both locations.
Exhibition reception Thursday, January 26, 2023, 5-7pm
GVSU Art Gallery in the Haas Center for Performing Arts, room 1121

A Look Back at 2022
painting in the reception area of CECI in GVSU DeVos Center
A Poisonous Discovery, Gavin Weir, College of Education and Community Innovation Office
Over 1,000 works of art were installed across GVSU campuses. Our team worked with campus partners to bring new artwork to a variety of spaces, curated specifically to reflect the unique programs, services, and resources provided by each department.
mural of two black women facing each other in the GVSU Womens Center
Tell Us We Matter, Jamari Taylor, Gayle R. Davis Center for Womens and Gender Equity
poetry art in the Fred Meijer Writing Center
Artwork in the Fred Meijer Center for Writing & Michigan Authors
black man with mask and red hoodie with grand rapids skyline and horse in background
Untitled, Henry A. Brown, Office of Multicultural Affairs
gallery view featuring the exhibition As Is: Beauty and the Body in Contemporary Art
Gallery view of As Is: Beauty and the Body in Contemporary Art, Fall 2022

Exhibitions Highlights

Six exhibitions graced the walls (and floor) of the GVSU Art Gallery in the Haas Center for Performing Arts, including student shows and a memorial exhibition honoring late GVSU faculty member Ann Keister.

Find all past exhibitions on our webpage gvsu.edu/artgallery/pastexhibitions.
Lake Ontario Hall Wall Gallery featuring work by Shepard Fairey
Lake Ontario Hall Wall Gallery featuring the exhibition Activate: Shepard Fairey and the Art of Protest
Photographs by GVSU students navigating parenthood has a student
Photograph by Philip Todd from the exhibition Student Parents Unveiled: A Photoadvocacy Project Revealing College Student Parents' Experiences
drawings and paintings by Stewart Ashlee at Eberhard Center
Anatomy of an Image: Stewart Ashlee and His Artistic Process, Eberhard Center Wall Gallery
sculpture featuring wreath of grey balloons and a handmade dart
Sculpture by 
Adrienne Grafton titled Year After Year After Year from the exhibition Sorrow/Fullness: A Reflection on Mourning, Winter 2022
horse sculpture titled Char by Deborah Butterfield
Char, Deborah Butterfield, rooftop garden of DCIH, Health Campus

New to the Collection

Nearly 200 objects were purchased, donated, or acquired through university partnerships for the art collection this year. Many of them are now on public view.

To see all the new artwork added to the collection in 2022 visit artgallery.gvsu.edu.
The Big Show, Jaro Hess
216 inch hand carved limestone sculpture
Akii Ndodem (Earth Totem), Jason Quigno, Mt. Vernon pedestrian Mall, Pew GR Campus
painting of very worn slip on shoe from the aetial perspective
Other Left Shoe, Abigail Spencer
plywood covering storefront window with mural painted on it
Emerge With Us,  Victoria Crouse, now in Kirkhof Center
Workshops & Events

2022 was a busy year for art gallery programming. We hosted over 400 guests at workshops, virtual artist talks, and celebratory events.

10th Annual Art Gallery Music Composition Competition in the Louis Armstrong Theatre, Haas Center for Performing Arts
Victorian jewelry making workshop taught by GVSU faculty member Renée Zettle-Sterling coinciding with the exhibition Sorrow/Fullness: a Reflection on Mourning
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