Alumna Emma Hoekstra sits in her studio. Hoekstra placed top five in the Halstead Grant competition because of the successes of her jewelry business. Courtesy  /  Emma Hoekstra

GV alumna places top five in national jewelry competition

Over the years, Grand Valley State University has educated a variety of gifted and successful groups of alumni who attempt to flourish in their respective fields and succeed in their careers. Jeweler, metalsmith and GVSU alumna Emma Hoekstra is an example of this, as she recently placed top 5 in the Halstead Grant competition, a prestigious competition for artists in Hoekstra’s field.  

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King Lear takes mainstage at 25th Anniversary Shakespeare Festival

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Grand Valley State University Shakespeare Festival, GVSU students and guest actors will perform King Lear at the Louis Armstrong Theatre in the Haas Center for Performing Arts. The series of events titled, “A Silver Coronation: The Grand Valley Shakespeare Effect”, will take place between Sept. 28 and Nov. 3. 

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The Tesla Quartet joins faculty members on a musical journey through Italy

The Tesla Quartet will bring a taste of Italy to the Cook-DeWitt Center tonight at 7:30 p.m. as they perform Tchaikovsky’s “String Sextet in D Minor, Op. 70 ‘Souvenir de Florence,’” following their performance of Franz Joseph Haydn’s “Quartet in B minor, Op. 33, No. 1.” The program is part of the university’s 16th annual Fall Arts Celebration, which is free and open to the public.   

Performers taking a bow at French and Friends.  GVL / Andrew Nyhof

GV presents collaborative performance of French chamber music

Grand Valley State University is considered a haven for the fine arts - especially music - and consistently presents a wide variety of concerts and performances for the public to enjoy. The most recent of the university’s offerings was Sunday’s collaborative performance of French chamber music, featuring a number of musicians from other schools in the area.

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GVSU dance and marching band prepare for ArtPrize opening ceremony

Grand Valley’s very own marching band and dance department will be performing at the opening ceremonies for this year’s ArtPrize on Wednesday. They will be performing two pieces: “Hernando’s Hideaway,” from the musical The Pajama Game, and Aretha Franklin’s “Respect.”  The groups will begin their performance at 6:30 p.m. at the Eberhard Center before marching over to Rosa Parks Circle at 7 p.m. to perform the rest of the opening ceremonies. This marks the tenth year for ArtPrize, and the eighth year Grand Valley will perform at the opening ceremonies.  

Silent Disco on Friday, September 7th, 2018.  GVL / Sheila Babbitt

GV alumnus DJ performs at Silent Disco

Wisdom is a GVSU alumnus and DJ with years of experience and a true passion for his craft. He frequently travels and performs at weddings, parties and other events, but many GVSU students have seen him at events in and around campus, such as Welcome Week parties and the Silent Disco. Throughout the years, B-Wiz said he always loves to come back to DJ at Grand Valley. 

Filling the room with sound, the Mirror Visions Ensemble tell musical stories through song. The ensemble will be the first group to perform at Arts at Noon concert series, which begins Wednesday at noon.  Courtesy  / Matthew Makowski

Arts at Noon series provides bite-sized performances, award-winning musicians

While many students are busy scurrying to class amid the school day, they may catch escaping rhythms and melodies from the Cook-DeWitt Center. As they rush around campus, others are surrounding themselves with sound through the Arts at Noon concert series which kicks off Wednesday, Sept. 12. Described as a break in the day and an opportunity to hear award-winning musicians, this year’s season of Arts at Noon features a variety of recognized musicians, ranging from local to international. Each concert lasts 50 minutes, which is designed to make concerts easy to consume, often a rarity for the musicians involved.

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Music professors showcase talents at pair of recitals

Pablo Mahave-Veglia and Lee Copenhaven, two of Grand Valley State University’s Music professors, are showcasing their talents in the musical arts to the Grand Valley community with a pair of recitals. Copenhaven performed his recital Sunday, and Mahave-Veglia’s recital still to come this week Mahave-Veglia said that recitals are typically a ‘Buffet of Sound,’ as most recitals focus on several styles and base their performances around those styles. For Mahave-Veglia’s recital, he said it’s more unique because it focuses on a singular work, but also features related pieces.

Best of Show winner Brian Caponi's "The Window" hangs within the Muskegon Museum of Art for the 90th Michigan Regional Exhibition. The piece will be on display with 146 other pieces of art until Nov. 7.  Courtesy / Muskegon Museum of Art

90th Michigan Regional Exhibition unites local artists, creates communities

A variety of Michigan artists gathered inside the Muskegon Museum of Art on Sept. 6 for the opening ceremony of the 90th Michigan Regional Exhibition. The Regional featured the works of 150 Michigan-based artists selected by Juror Marc Mitchell throughout the exhibit. "The exhibition is one of the only shows to unite and recognize a wide range of local artists within one show," said Senior Curator Art Martin. "The show, which features artists from a diverse range of skill levels and choices of medium, attempts to capture and feature a summation the local art scene.