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.

Poets were provided 19 works to inspire their writing, such as Judy Tummino's "Summer Light.  | Courtesy of Nomad Gallery

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.

GVL / Courtesy - Kathryn Davis

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. 

GVL / Courtesy - Margaret Shaw

GVSU seniors to showcase photography theses

Grand Valley State University seniors Margaret Shaw and Olivia Karwoski are two of multiple students who will be displaying their photography senior theses this week in the exhibition “Fractal.” The show will be available in the Art Gallery of the Haas Center for Performing Arts from Tuesday, April 17, to Saturday, April 28, with a reception scheduled for Thursday, April 19, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. 

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Graphic design students to showcase work in senior exhibition

As the semester comes to a close, seniors at Grand Valley State University are concluding their studies and wrapping up their final academic projects. For graphic design students, this means the completion of their senior projects. This week, a group of these students will be showcasing their work in the “Lorem Ipsum” senior exhibition. “Lorem Ipsum” will be available in the Stuart B. and Barbara H. Padnos Student Art and Design Gallery from Monday, April 16, to Thursday, April 19. A reception will take place Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.


Arts briefs 4/16/18

The University Arts Chorale and the Cantate Chamber Ensemble will be performing in the Cook-DeWitt Center under the direction of professor Ellen Pool on Monday, April 16, at 7:30 p.m.