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Performance Studio Series gives students directing experience

Beginning Thursday, Jan. 17, Grand Valley State University theatre students showcased their directing, acting and producing skills in student-led productions of “The Actor’s Nightmare” and “Stuart Little.” The shows ran through Jan. 20, with opportunities for single and double bills. Each show was directed by a senior theatre student. “Stuart Little” was directed by Rachel Renaud, and “The Actor’s Nightmare” was directed by Tyler DeGood. 

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GV's Euphoria performs at ninth annual A Capell-Off

The ninth annual A Capell-Off, a competition between university a capella groups in west Michigan, was organized by Sigma Alpha Iota as a fundraiser for Allendale Public Schools’ music department. The competition, held at Allendale High School in the Ceglarek Fine Arts Center, featured Euphoria, one of Grand Valley State University’s award-winning a capella groups. 

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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.

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