Fall Exhibitions, Events, & Learning Opportunities
Fall Exhibitions, Events, & Learning Opportunities

GVSU Art Gallery

Fall 2021 Exhibitions, Events, Learning Opportunities, and More...

Exhibition Highlights

Honest & Unrefined: Art Outside the Academy

Haas Center for Performing Arts Gallery
August 27 - November 5, 2021
M/T/W/F 10am - 5pm | Th 10am - 7pm
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Artists that live on the margins and reject the constraints of the art world have always been difficult to categorize. Their appeal resides in how they ignore convention in their creative process to experiment with materials to produce authentic, challenging, and inspiring works of art. Honest and Unrefined: Art Outside the Academy dives deeper into the realm of art that includes self-taught, folk, outsider, raw and naïve artists. Drawn from GVSU’s collection, as well as artists and collectors from around West Michigan, this exhibition brings together more than 75 compelling works of art. These pieces often include bright colors, repetitive patterns, and found materials, and are driven by each artist’s desire to create or communicate a deeply personal and sometimes provocative message.

Opening reception Thursday, September 30th from 5:00pm - 8:00pm, Haas Center for Performing Arts, Allendale campus. To RSVP visit gvsu.edu/artgallery/haureception.

Canal By Canal: 
Photographs by
Jason Reblando

Lake Ontario Hall Wall Gallery
July 9 - December 10, 2021
Open during building hours.

In Canal by Canal, photographer Jason Reblando engages the natural and built environments as well as the people that comprise Valencia’s irrigation community in support of research by Dr. Erik Nordman, natural resources management professor at Grand Valley State University. 

On the Wall Artist Talk featuring Jason Reblando Friday, September 17th from 12:00pm -1:00pm in Lake Ontario Hall, Allendale Campus. To RSVP visit gvsu.edu/artgallery/canaltalklive.

Donna Ferrato: Unbeatable

Kirkhof Center Wall Gallery
October 1, 2021 - March 4, 2022
Open during building hours.

Donna Ferrato's photographs of domestic violence and its aftermath have become landmark essays in the field of documentary photography, challenging social attitudes and putting a spotlight on the devastating impact of everyday violence. Donna Ferrato: Unbeatable is an exhibition drawn from the Grand Valley State University’s permanent collection of art. It includes a series portraits from the artist's I AM UNBEATABLE project; aimed at raising awareness and preventing domestic violence against women and children, featuring personal stories, interviews and photographs.
On the Wall Artist Talk featuring Donna Ferrato in October. Details to come soon.


 On the Wall Artist Talks

A series of 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.
Virtual and in-person, RSVP required.

  • 9/17 - Photographer Jason Reblando
  • Oct - Photographer Donna Ferrato
  • additional dates coming soon!
To learn more visit gvsu.edu/artgallery/events.

 Unpacking the Exhibition
Conversation Series

A series of virtual and in-person conversations featuring professionals from a variety of backgrounds unpacking big ideas present in the exhibition Honest & Unrefined: Art Outside the AcademyVirtual and in-person options, RSVP required. INT 100/201 approved.

  • 9/23 - Art & Power
  • 10/22 - Art & Healing
  • 11/3 - Art & Materials 

To learn more visit gvsu.edu/artgallery/events.


Art on Campus Updates

In May 2021, the Daniel and Pamella DeVos Center for Interprofessional Health opened on the GVSU Health Campus. It features more than 400 works of art, selected with intention to enhance and support interprofessional team environments and encourage cross-disciplinary innovation and collaboration. To learn more visit gvsu.edu/artgallery/dcih.

ArtPrize 2021

September 16 - October 3, 2021
(outside) L.V. Eberhard Center & L. William Seidman Center

ArtPrize is back and the GVSU Art Gallery is here for it. Be sure to check out the two massive sculptures on view at L.V. Eberhard Center and L. William Seidman Center; Jason Quigno's Infinity Cube (pictured below on left), and José Marcelino Valdez and Gerson Valdez-Cordòn's Mayan Stelae Of King K'ak' Tiliw Chan Topaat (pictured below on right).

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