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.  

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.

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.


Fountain Street Church exhibit pairs art and poetry

At the root of every creation is an inkling of inspiration, regardless of where it comes from. For Grand Rapids' Fountain Street Church, its summer exhibition is directing that inspiration through one creative medium – visual art – and using it to fuel another: poetry.  “Poetry Inspired by Art” filled the church’s Keeler Gallery with a variety of different pieces of art and poetry on Sunday. Fountain Street Church Art committee member Edgar Marty said that using poetry and art to inspire each other is a unique concept that has brought guests to Fountain Street Chuch’s summer exhibition for years.

"Biotechnology Through the Artist's Lens" fills the exhibition space within the Mary Idema Pew Library  Courtesy / Agnieszka Szarecka 

Microbiology students showcase artistic depictions of studies

When it comes to the various studies present at Grand Valley State University, one would typically not assume that art and microbiology would have much of a potential for crossover. However, students from CMB 150: Biotechnology and Society were able to depict their studies in the form of art, and these works are currently being shown in the Mary Idema Pew Library’s Exhibition Space.

GVL / McKenna Peariso  The Wealthy Theater sign promoting the Vendor Exchange event.

Grand Rapids organization helps local artisans expand businesses

Each month, Grand Rapids-based artists, designers and entrepreneurs gather in the rustic lobby of the Wealthy Theatre to celebrate local business and creatives at the Indie Flea Market. The market, which takes place on the first Saturday of each month, is put together by local non-profit group called 'The Vendor Exchange'. The organization works to create bonds in the community between local artisans and the public, as well as to educate and empower emerging businesses.  The Indie Flea Market is just one of the recurring events held by The Vendor Exchange. The group also offers several opportunities for Grand Rapids startups to network, learn, sell their products and establish themselves in the community.

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Fishladder unveils annual journal of art, writing

After a year’s worth of work, Grand Valley State University’s student journal of art and writing, Fishladder, released its 15th edition to a crowd of contributors, editors and guests Friday, April 13. The journal, which features fiction and nonfiction writing, poetry, art and photography, was formally released to the public during its annual unveiling event.