GVSU to host "Artist Talks" for graduating seniors

A handful of Grand Valley State University’s Bachelor of Fine Arts students gave an “Artist Talks” presentation on Friday, Nov. 30 at the Mary Idema Pew Library as part of their Senior Seminar course. Each of the six seniors gave a presentation about their creative process, inspiration and work.   

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Exploring downtown Grand Rapids through Uptown Holiday Shop Hop

The 21st annual Uptown Holiday Shop Hop is a perfect time for students to visit the downtown Grand Rapids community, which has supported GVSU since its beginning. This event, which will occur on Dec. 6 from 4 to 10 p.m., spans the four business districts of East Fulton, East Hills, Eastown and Wealthy Street. More than 70 businesses are involved in this event which will feature special deals, Christmas carolers, holiday treats and more. This will insure an evening filled with shopping and holiday cheer.  “It is a day that we encourage the community, shoppers and audience members to come in, interact with our stores, and shop local for the holiday season and to just experience Uptown with friends and family,” said Collin Bailey Jonkman, the marketing and events manager for Uptown. 

A piece from “Command + N” by Jacob Mol.  Courtesy / WKTV

GVSU students to create brand through capstone exhibitions

Approximately 20 students within Grand Valley State University’s Visual and Media Arts Department are now showcasing their semester-long projects, in which they aimed to represent their collegiate educational experiences. The displayed works will include students from various majors within the art department. The projects include graphic design, photography, metals, printmaking, painting, visual studies and illustration. “Command + N” was the first of five exhibitions to be showcased, kicking off the senior showcase on Nov. 26. 

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GV works with famous choral conductor to produce holiday concert

One of the definitive traits of the holiday season is festive and joyful Christmas music which can be heard everywhere from the supermarket to concert hall. In keeping with this tradition, the Department of Music at Grand Valley State University will present a collaborative holiday concert featuring Robert Shaw’s “Many Moods of Christmas,” and this will conclude the events of the 2018 Fall Arts Celebration.

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GVSU to host Exam Cram

Grand Valley State University students are starting their preparation for their final weeks of the fall semester. With the stress of finals week approaching, this time of the year usually means students have little to no time for relaxation.  Exam Cram was created in order for the campus to express their awareness of the stress that finals bring students. Exam Cram takes place the week before and week of finals. Throughout these two weeks, campus partners recognize the stress put upon students during finals and collaborate to support students by offering a variety of programming. 

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Grand Valley professors co-direct seasonal jazz concert

On Tuesday, Nov. 20, Grand Valley State University professors Michael Drost and Tim Froncek organized a jazz concert that took place at the Louis Armstrong Theatre located in the Haas Center of Performing Arts on the Allendale Campus.   The performance contained both a jazz orchestra and smaller-scale jazz combo performances, directed by Froncek and Drost. In order to organize the concert, the two combined their many years of experience with their respective directorial positions to help assist with directing, teaching and performing in every aspect of the event.

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Grand Rapids mayor declares Nov. 21 “Bob Seger Day”

In the world of classic rock, few Michigan musicians hold the same fame and regard as Bob Seger. Hailing from Detroit, Seger has led an illustrious career, entertaining millions of fans around the world. Seger, through the Detroit Free Press, said “you can’t cheat Father Time forever” and announced that his most recent tour will be his last. Seger, who is in the midst of said tour, still stands as one of the most iconic rock musicians to come out of Michigan. His distinct ties to his hometown Detroit and the State of Michigan as a whole are highly prevalent in his music, so it makes perfect sense that he began his final trip around the country in Grand Rapids on Nov. 21.

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Environmental Studies Programs host end of semester Sustainability Showcase

Sustainability is one of the core values here at Grand Valley State University. Each year, students, faculty, staff and community partners work hard to follow sustainability practices.  On Friday, Nov. 30, the Environmental Studies Program will be hosting their Sustainability Showcase in order to present the different projects GVSU students have been working on this semester. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center Grand River room. “The showcase is for students in the classes who are working on projects to show the results of their work during the semester,” said Kelly Parker, Director of Environmental Studies Program at Grand Valley State University. “It is a way to share ideas across classes and across students.”


GVSU alumnus-produced movie featured at UICA

As part of the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA), the Local Director Series is a reoccurring event that is sure to bring in crowds from all over west Michigan. Each year, the UICA hosts the Local Director Series to showcase feature-length films created by independent directors who reside and work within the Grand Rapids community. On Wednesday, Nov. 28, the UICA featured a one-time screening for "The Incantation," directed by Grand Valley State University alumnus Dan Campbell.