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Exhibitions and Events

Mathias Alten - Through the Seasons

October 21 - December 20, 2016

Image credit: Mathias Alten, Kite Flyers, 1917, Calvin College

Mathias Alten spent most of his life in Grand Rapids and regularly worked outside, drawing inspiration from the surrounding countryside. An American Impressionist and Realist painter, Alten enjoyed depicting traditional rural scenes under the varied light and atmospheric changes of the seasons. This exhibition brings together thirty-six of his landscapes, and presents them within the framework of Michigan’s seasonal change.

Image credit: Mathias Alten, Autumn Pond, 1902, Grand Valley State University

Curator's Tour - with Joel Zwart

Saturday, October 22 - 2pm (Center Art Gallery)
Join Joel Zwart, Director of Exhibitions, as he discusses the creation of this exhibition and leads a tour around the gallery.

Image credit: Mathias Alten, Birches in Winter, 1937, Grand Rapids Art Museum

Lecture - with Ellen Adams, Ph.D. GVSU
‘It is of no use to dawdle over a canvas.’ How Mathias Alten Painted Michigan

Thursday, October 27 - 6pm (Center Art Gallery)
Join Ellen Adams, Ph.D. as she gives insight into Alten's depictions of Michigan. Adams recently completed an essay for a new publication on Mathias Alten, published in conjunction with the Gordon and Barbara Gordon Gallery at Grand Valley State University.


Art Faculty Exhibition

Taylor Greenfield, Anna Greidanus, Eric Heerspink, Frank Speyers,
Jennifer Steensma Hoag, Jo-Ann Van Reeuwyk

October 21 - December 20, 2016

Image credit: Anna Greidanus, Displaced Function

This biennial exhibition includes a selection of new work by studio faculty in the Department of Art and Art History including: painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, ceramics, and mixed media.

Image credit: Jennifer Steensma Hoag, untitled

Opening Reception & Family Weekend

Friday, October 21 - 6pm (West Lobby)
Refreshments Provided. Please visit the Alumni website for more information about Family Weekend events.

Links to Faculty Pages

Anna Greidanus
Frank Speyers
Jennifer Steensma Hoag
Jo-Ann Van Reeuwyk