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GVSU professor to lecture on local artist's life, legacy

The art of German immigrant Mathias J. Alten fills the homes of Michiganders, decorates historic furniture and dominates the walls of Grand Valley State University’s George and Barbara Gordon Gallery. Alten’s life will be explored Wednesday, Feb. 21, as professor Ellen Adams delivers a lecture titled “Mathias J. Alten: The Artist As Worker.” 

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NYC artists to discuss art, activism at GVSU

After taking students to an art exhibit in Chicago that featured the artist collaborative “fierce pussy” and seeing the impact that it had on the students, Grand Valley State University professor of sculpture, visual studies and foundations Anna Campbell invited the group of queer artists from New York City to give a series of lectures on campus.  

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Students gather at the Beyond the Frame student exhibition Reception on Thursday February 8th, 2017.

GVSU students curate film and video exhibition

Film, video and photography are diverse artistic mediums with a wide range of possibilities in terms of creativity and vision. To demonstrate this, a group of Grand Valley State University art students has curated an exhibition featuring a collection of coursework from GVSU film, video and photography students. 

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GVSU student on passion for drag, fine arts photography

When students decide on a career path, looking at what they used to do when they were younger can help them choose which path might be best suited for them. For Grand Valley State University senior and photography major Rachel Britton, finding a career path has been a back-and-forth process, but photography has been pretty constant in their life.  

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Documenting resistance: Standing Rock photography installment highlights national movement, discussion

Starting in 2016, demonstrated resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline running through the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation has been vibrant. Journalist Levi Rickert has captured the reactions of on-site confrontations and marches around the U.S. in more than 1,500 photographs, many of which are currently featured in the Mary Idema Pew Library’s newest Exhibition Space installment.  

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New York artist's Great Lakes paintings on display at Grand Rapids Art Museum

The Great Lakes, which constitute the largest body of fresh water in the world, are one aspect of the Michigan environment that makes it unique. Alexis Rockman, an artist from New York, has visited the Great Lakes and studied them over a number of years, producing paintings he hopes will initiate discussion on the importance of the Great Lakes for many ecosystems, as well as how they are threatened by climate change, globalization, invasive species, mass agriculture and urban sprawl. Rockman’s project, “The Great Lakes Cycle,” will be on display at the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) until Sunday, April 29.  

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Arts briefs 1/22/18

The Muskegon Museum of Art will be opening its annual “Art Talks Back” poetry competition on Thursday, Jan. 25, and will be accepting submissions through Thursday, Mar. 29. 

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