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GV opera and visual arts students collaborate for audiovisual performance

"Masquerade" was a production born out of a collaboration between the GVSU Early Music Ensemble and Department of Visual and Media Arts as well as the Junior Company of the Grand Rapids Ballet School. Headed by GVSU Opera Theatre director Dale Schriemer and Julie Goldstein, assistant professor of film video production, the performance combines music from composers such as George Frideric Handel and Henry Purcell with layered 3D projections. The performance took place three times during the weekend of Nov. 9. 

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Grand Valley art gallery hosts party to celebrate Mars exhibit

Beginning on Wednesday, Oct. 31, the exhibit brought together several Martian-themed elements including approximately 40 photographs, movie posters and book covers, as well as drawings and video projections spotlighting Mars. One of the highlighting components of the exhibit included a showcase of Martian-themed toys and collectibles from a private collection based out of Chicago. 

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UICA hosts exhibition of work from Michigan artists

Kendall College’s Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts (UICA) has consistently been one of Grand Rapids’ most important museums due to its deep connection to Michigan culture, diversity, social issues and cutting edge artistic ideas. One of the Institute’s most recent exhibitions is "Coming Home," a collection of work from four different artists with deep roots in Michigan. 

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“Plastination—The Art of Preservation” exhibit to embody GVSU’s plastination efforts

Grand Valley State University is currently showcasing an ongoing exhibit to start a conversation on the fusing of human, animal and plant tissues with a mixture of plastic or silicone products to render the tissues of any odor, followed by the tissues being preserved permanently dry for educational and instructional purposes—also known as "plastination."  The exhibition is titled “Plastination—The Art of Preservation" and walks viewers through the process here at Grand Valley as it is the only plastination lab established in Michigan.

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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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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.

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ArtPrize 10 awards thousands in Artist Grants

Recently, ArtPrize awarded $165,000 in grants to several contestants to support their artistic ventures. These grants will fund large-scale outdoor pieces as well as many smaller projects appearing in various locations throughout the city. These works include murals painted on shipping containers, crystalline glass sculptures and a large orb floating in the Grand River.

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Scarber Author Jeffrey Chang speaks about his book about race in America today October 9, 2017.   GVL / Spencer

2018 Fall Arts Celebration to offer art, music, poetry to GV students

For years, the Grand Valley State University Fall Arts Celebration has been a massive annual series of art in all forms. With events such as art exhibitions, concerts and lectures, the celebration has steadily provided enriching cultural experiences to anyone attending. The 2018 series is no exception, as the upcoming events aim to offer a variety of fantastic experiences to anyone interested.

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