Student Response:
Originally posted June 5, 2020 on the 'Student Perspectives on the Art Collection' blog. "Everyday spaces on GVSU’s campus that I used to see daily and not think twice about are now the places I miss most since leaving campus in March due to COVID-19. This oil painting by Perin Mahler is an inside look at GVSU’s Central Utilities Building and makes me think of all the essential workers who continue to go to campus each day to ensure Lakers’ second home continues to be safe, maintained, and clean. I think about the custodial staff in my freshman year dorm building (Holton Hooker Learning & Living Center) who would smile and say good morning to me everyday. A small gesture that made a big impact on me throughout my first year at GVSU. Thank you to all the GVSU faculty and staff who have worked endlessly over the past few months so students like me can continue to learn." - Megan Daniels, Studio Art major, Public & Nonprofit Administration minor, GVSU Class of 2023
Current Location:
L. William Seidman Center -> 1st Floor (WSC)
Location Notes:
WSC; 1st fl., right of 1081 MSBT Development ctr., W MI

Central Utilities Building

Perin Mahler
GVSU Collection
Oil on Linen
View of boiler room at Grand Valley with a few blue chairs around a table.
Historical Context:
Perin Mahler is an experienced artist who has taught at various universities across the Mid-West. He graduated from Trinity College with a bachelor's degree. He then attended Queens College where he received his MFA in painting. His work is in various collections, and he has also had his work in various exhibitions.