The GVSU Art Gallery permanent collection now numbers over 12,000 works of art, most of which are on view in university buildings on campuses in Allendale, Grand Rapids, Holland, Muskegon, Detroit, and Traverse City. The collection features works in a wide range of media by faculty, students and alumni, and many of Michigan's finest visual artists, including one of the largest collections of drawings, prints, and paintings by Steven Duren. Numerous works by renowned national and international artists, including Sam Gilliam, Olga and Alexander Florensky, Cyril Lixenberg, and Mathias Alten enhance the collection. In addition, the collection boasts a number of outstanding gifts by patrons and friends of the university.

Art Gallery Mission Statement

The mission of the Grand Valley State University Art Gallery is to encourage appreciation and understanding of art and its role in society through direct engagement with original works of art. The Art Gallery acquires, preserves, interprets, exhibits, and otherwise makes accessible works of art for the benefit of a variety of audiences, in support of the interdisciplinary educational goals of the University and for the benefit of the community at large.

Art Gallery Vision Statement

To shape and enrich the quality of life for the residents and visitors of Grand Valley State University and to become a leader in the areas of art appreciation and interdisciplinary education for the local community.

"Art at GVSU" Mobile

"Art at GVSU" is a free mobile application for Apple and Android devices that provides access to the more than 12,000 pieces of art in the university's collection. "Art at GVSU" features:

  • tours with Google Maps implementation
  • complete artwork lists of every GVSU building
  • lookup tools to find additional information on your favorite artwork
  • full social media integration

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Collective Access

The online collection and mobile app are powered by the open source collection management system Collective Access.

We would like to thank Collective Access for not only providing us with this open-source framework but also for their countless hours of support.