Winter 2022 Exhibitions, Events, & Learning Opportunities at GVSU
Winter 2022 Exhibitions, Events, & Learning Opportunities at GVSU

GVSU Art Gallery

Winter 2022 Exhibitions, Events, Learning Opportunities, and More...

Upcoming Exhibitions

artwork by Renee Zettle-Sterling, Sue Amendolara, and Adrienne Grafton

Sorrow/Fullness: A Reflection on Mourning

GVSU Art Gallery
Haas Center for Performing Arts
January 14 - April 1, 2022
M/T/W/F 10am - 5pm | Th 10am - 7pm
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This exhibition features the work of three metalsmith artists; GVSU Professor of Jewelry, Metalsmithing and Foundations Renée Zettle-Sterling, Sue Amendolara, and Adrienne Grafton. 

"Through our personal experiences of significant loss, as artists, it felt natural for us to deal with our grief through artmaking. What you see in this exhibition are the tangible results from transformative experiences and profound explorations. The work offers a wide range of materials and perspectives on the topic of mourning and is a look at how three trained metalsmiths, working in sculpture, jewelry and wearable art, have dealt with and processed grief."
- Sue, Adrienne, and Renée

Opening reception; Thursday, January 20th, 5:00pm - 8:00pm, Haas Center for Performing Arts, Allendale campus. RSVP:

Student Parents Unveiled: 
A Photoadvocacy Project Revealing College Student Parents' Experiences

DeVos Center Wall Gallery
January 7 - June 17, 2022
Open during building hours

According to a recent summary report in the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (Contrares-Mendez & Cruse, 2021) student parents have a higher rate of nondegree completion than the general population, nearly twice as high. This exhibition, created in collaboration with the GVSU College of Education, asks student parents, “What are your experiences as college students who are parenting while pursuing your college degree?” The resulting photographs and stories give us an intimate look student parents' daily routine, providing vivid examples of lived experiences to support existing data.  


On the Wall Artist Talks

A series of virtual talks featuring artists whose
work is currently on view on campus discussing their creative
process and how their work is influenced by other fields of study. 
RSVP required.

Unpacking the Exhibition
Conversation Series

A series of virtual conversations featuring professionals from a variety of backgrounds unpacking big ideas present in the exhibition Sorrow/Fullness: A Reflection on Mourning.
RSVP required. 
INT 100/201 approved.

GVSU Art Gallery & the New Music Ensemble Composition Competition

Thursday, March 30, 2022, 7:00pm
Lobby of the Louis Armstrong Theatre
Haas Center for Performing Arts
Join us for for the 10th anniversary edition of the Art Gallery's New Music Ensemble Composition Competition. GVSU student composers anonymously submit 60-second compositions based on artwork currently on display. Compositions are then rehearsed and performed by the GVSU New Music Ensemble. A panel of judges and the audience select prize-winning works. This event began in 2009, with the generous support of Larry and Elaine Rutowski Shay, and has seen premiered 257 compositions resulting in over $6,500 in prizes. To hear past compositions visit

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New to the Collection

Highlights from 2021

new to the collection artwork
From left to right: Platey by Patty Carroll, Self Portrait by Henk Krijger, Homegoing by Darlene Karczmarczyk, Chinese Lanterns by Joyce Tenneson, Survival Guide by Kendra Postma, and Untitled by Henry A. Brown. Click the image above to learn more.


We've had a busy year! Take a look back with us as we post highlights from 2021 on Instagram @gvsuart, starting December 16th. Check out our latest YouTube videos. Or read about the artwork on display in the new DeVos Center for Interprofessional Health (DCIH) in GV Magazine.

collage of artworks art gallery staff hanging mural by Jo Hormuth reception highlights from the fall exhibition

Work Orders

Did you know framed artwork breathes? Works of art expand and contract-slightly with changes in temperature and humidity. If you notice a work of art that has shifted or is damaged please fill out a work order and we will address the issue. 

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