ART GALLERY COMPETITION
*Awards provided by Elaine and Larry Shay*

Each year we hold a friendly competition for our student composers. While the details vary slightly from year to year, it basically goes like this:

• Compose a one-minute composition for the New Music Ensemble.
• Compositions based on a specific piece of art in the gallery.
• Be adventurous, have fun.

The compositions are submitted anonymously, then premiered by the New Music Ensemble in the College Art Gallery among the art that inspired the music.

A panel of 3-5 judges determine the winners, based on whatever criteria they want. There is also an audience favorite prize.

• First Prize: $250
• Second Prize: $100
• Third Prize: $50
• Audience Favorite: $100

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2014


The History of Space Photography

From the earliest black-and-white photographs of the moon to the most recent images taken from the Mars Curiosity rover, The History of Space Photography exhibition features 50 noteworthy images from the last 50 years of space exploration. These stunning and beautiful visuals, including video projections of celestial animations, were captured by astronauts, astronomers, and data visualization experts. Grand Valley State University Art Gallery is pleased to share these historic cosmic images with you. The History of Space Photography exhibition is organized by the California/ International Arts Foundation and is guest curated by Jay Belloli, former Director of Gallery Programs at the Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA.

1st Prize: Eamon Carmody
2nd Prize: Richie Arndorfer
3rd Prize: Ben De Leeuw
Audience Prize: Ben De Leeuw

Judges: Liliana Mahave, John Martin, Carrie Morris, Ellen Pool, John Schuster-Craig

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2013


Mystery, Magic, and Mayhem: Wonders from the American Museum of Magic

Magic has long been a topic of both interest and controversy that has enthralled audiences for hundreds of years. For some, it’s spiritualism and for others, it’s strictly a performance art. This exhibition of magic history provides a window into the worlds of illusion, conjuring, legerdemain, mentalism and escape artistry. On loan from the American Museum of Magic in Marshall, Michigan, are over thirty stunning graphic visuals and related objects associated with legends such as Thurston, Houdini, and Michigan’s own Harry Blackstone, Sr.

1st Prize: Bradley Saniga
2nd Prize: Mark Lyle
3rd Prize: Bradley Saniga
Audience Prize: Bradley Saniga

Judges: Ashlee Busch, Gayle Davis, Henry Duitman, Sofia Mahave, Henry Matthews

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2011

Ravines Revisited

Photographic essays by GVSU faculty artists Dellas Henke, Stanley Krohmer and Anthony Thompson, explored the beauty and complexity of the landscape, the effects of erosion and our complex relationship to the Allendale Campus Ravines. Complimenting the exhibit was work in a variety of media by students and additional faculty. Held in conjunction with Grand Valley's 50th Anniversary.

1st Prize: Adam Cuthbert
2nd Prize: Kaja Lill
3rd Prize: Kaja Lill
Audience Prize: Bradley Saniga

Judges: Shawn Bible, Henry Matthews, Todd Reynolds, John Schuster-Craig

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2010

Enduring Traditions: History and Meaning in Southwest Pueblo Indian Pottery

Over one hundred years ago pottery making by Pueblo Indians in the American Southwest was transformed from the manufacture of utilitarian objects for everyday use to craft production for the tourist trade. Featured in this exhibition are distinctive ceramics from several pueblos, collected in the late 19th through the mid 20th century, including works by Maria Martinez, one of the most famous Native American potters of the 20th century. This is the first of a series of exhibitions planned by the GVSU Art Gallery that will focus on the rich diversity of the Native American cultures of the Americas. (works created in collaboration with student choreographers)

1st Prize: Nick Ortquist
2nd Prize: Ashlee Busch
3rd Prize: Ashlee Busch
Audience Prize: Nick Ortquist

Judges: Henry Matthews, Pablo Mahave-Veglia, Calin Radulescu, John Schuster-Craig, Kathryn Stieler

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2009

The Paris of Touoluse-Lautrec, Bonnard, and Vuillard

For many people, the posters of Toulouse-Lautrec and Bonnard are emblematic of lithography in fin-de-siècle Paris. Also included were lithography-enlivened book jackets, advertisements, sheet music, literary journals, as well as humor magazines.

Many of the images in this exhibition reflect the late 19th-century artists' indebtedness to Japanese woodblock prints and photograpy. French artists enthusiastically appropriated design strategies long used by Japanese printmakers including a-symmetry, flat color, contour line, and unusual points of view.

1st Prize: Adam Cuthbert
2nd Prize: Tyler Smith
3rd Prize: Ray King