GVL / Courtesy -  Rachel Britton
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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.  

GVL / Courtesy -  Levi Rickert

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.  

GVL / Anne Marie Smit

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.  


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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The paintings of Mathias J. Alten are being featured in the Richard M. DeVos Center, building E, room 103 and 203 on Jan. 12, 2018.

GVSU showcases famous Grand Rapids artist's collection

Mathias Alten, often referred to as the “dean of Michigan painters,” was a German impressionist painter who did the vast majority of his work in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Grand Valley State University is known for holding the largest public collection of his work.   From now until Saturday, May 5, “Mathias J. Alten: An Evolving Legacy” will be exhibited in the George and Barbara Gordon Gallery, located in the DeVos Center, Rooms 103E and 202E. The collection spans decades of Alten’s work, highlighting his various naturalist landscapes among other pieces. 

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Ebb and Flow: Explorations in Paintings by Herbert Murrie

'Ebb and Flow' exhibit highlights artist’s creative journey, return to fine arts

Creators of all kinds follow a similar process of being inspired, creating, revising and repeating until the product is satisfactory. For artist Herbert Murrie, his entire artistic career focuses on the cycle of creation and revision, a notion that Joel Zwart, Grand Valley State University curator of exhibitions, said will be captured in “Ebb and Flow: Explorations in Painting by Herbert Murrie,” opening Monday, Jan. 15, as the GVSU Art Gallery’s next exhibition.