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'Wonderful Town' offers new challenge for GV Opera Theatre

Grand Valley State University’s Opera Theatre is encouraging students to grow with their upcoming production of Wonderful Town, which will debut in February. The musical tells the story of two sisters from Ohio that move to New York City seeking success and their detours along the way. The show boasts 25 student actors, a 14-person production crew and 20 student musicians in the pit orchestra.

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GV graduates discuss vulnerability through art

As thousands of graduating students left Grand Valley State University after the latest fall semester, Bachelor of Fine Arts seniors watched their artwork go on display. Emily McKenna and Ashley Acton, two recent GVSU alumni, shared an exhibit at Spiral Gallery in Grand Rapids called “Explorations of the Body,” which took place throughout December. The three-week show discussed the vulnerability and social stigmas of the human body through photos, sculptures and interactive artwork.

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GV professor illustrates surrealist poetry

Grand Valley State University art history professor Kirsten Strom will showcase illustrations of French Surrealist poet Robert Desnos’ work in her exhibit “Apple Blossom and Nightingale" featuring translated poems from the original collection, "Chantfleurs et chantfables." 

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UICA exhibits work from Michigan artists, features GV professor

Kendall College’s Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts is one of Grand Rapids’ most important art museums. Its connections to local culture, sociopolitical issues and forward-thinking artistic ideas have cemented itself as a modern artistic space. One of the institute’s most recent exhibitions is "Coming Home," a suite of exhibitions from four artists with deep roots in Michigan. 

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“Systems Processing” exhibit plants collaboration between art and agriculture at GVSU

The Curatorial Studio course and the Sustainable Agricultural program collaborated to present a collection of interdisciplinary and multimedia artists at the “Systems Processing” art exhibition. The event was held at the Sustainable Agriculture Project in Allendale, and it took place on Nov. 29 and 30. The art exhibit was organized by professor Dulcee Boehm’s Curatorial Studio course. The course was structured to teach students how to curate a show and the curriculum allowed the students to experience the development of the “Systems Processing” exhibit, a project the students worked on for a large portion of the semester.


GVSU to host "Artist Talks" for graduating seniors

A handful of Grand Valley State University’s Bachelor of Fine Arts students gave an “Artist Talks” presentation on Friday, Nov. 30 at the Mary Idema Pew Library as part of their Senior Seminar course. Each of the six seniors gave a presentation about their creative process, inspiration and work.   

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GVSU students to create brand through capstone exhibitions

Approximately 20 students within Grand Valley State University’s Visual and Media Arts Department are now showcasing their semester-long projects, in which they aimed to represent their collegiate educational experiences. The displayed works will include students from various majors within the art department. The projects include graphic design, photography, metals, printmaking, painting, visual studies and illustration. “Command + N” was the first of five exhibitions to be showcased, kicking off the senior showcase on Nov. 26. 

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GV works with famous choral conductor to produce holiday concert

One of the definitive traits of the holiday season is festive and joyful Christmas music which can be heard everywhere from the supermarket to concert hall. In keeping with this tradition, the Department of Music at Grand Valley State University will present a collaborative holiday concert featuring Robert Shaw’s “Many Moods of Christmas,” and this will conclude the events of the 2018 Fall Arts Celebration.