Reception for Annual Student Art Exhibition tonight in the Collins Art Gallery


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  • Location: Paul Collins Gallery
  • Duration: April 8-19, 2019
  • Opening Reception: Monday, April 8, 6-8 p.m. in the Paul Collins Art Gallery

The exhibition displays the best artwork GRCC students have created over the last year. The artworks are from all areas of the visual arts department.  Join us to support the the creativity and imagination of our talented artists at GRCC!


Support GRCC Artists – Annual Student Art Exhibition begins Monday

Digital poster for art gallery show. The text reads: "GRCC Student Art Exhibition. Collins Art Gallery. April 18th-19th 2019."


  • Location: Paul Collins Gallery
  • Duration: April 8-19, 2019
  • Opening Reception: Monday, April 8, 6-8 p.m. in the Paul Collins Art Gallery

The exhibition displays the best artwork GRCC students have created over the last year. The artworks are from all areas of the visual arts department.  Join us to support the the creativity and imagination of our talented artists at GRCC!

GRCC Art Dept. hosts WMCAT students tomorrow night in Collins Art Gallery

The GRCC Visual Art Department is hosting a closing reception for the art students from WMCAT. The reception will be tomorrow, February 28, from 6-8 p.m. in the Collins Art Gallery.

WMCAT poster. The image features the WMCAT logo and four selections of student artwork. There is one graphic novel cover of a girls with a bicycle, one painting, one mock-movie poster, and a three-photograph triptych of overcast nature photos.

Gallery Director and Art Professor Scott Garrard stated, “The Visual Arts Department is continuing its outreach into the community and high schools and is honored to exhibit such a talented group of students on our college campus”

WMCAT, the West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology, provides a culture of opportunity for people to create social and economic progress in their lives and community. They fulfill their mission through visual arts and tech engagement, workforce development and social enterprises. More information about the organization can be found on their website.

Collins Art Gallery features ‘Eternity Descending into Time’

GRCC’s Collins Art Gallery is pleased to announce Eternity Descending into Time, an exhibition featuring large-scale charcoal and graphite portrait drawings by artist Franklin Delgado. The exhibition will be on view from Monday, October 30, until Tuesday, December 19. An opening reception for the public will be held on Monday, October 30 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Eternity Descending into Time is an exhibition that acknowledges love as a sublime experience by creating homages of inner immensity.  “My works praises love and the grandeur created with minute particles of matter both in life and art,” Delgado said. “My medium, charcoal and graphite powder, is a ground material of the smallest size, filled with a tremendous capability to ignite. These portraits have become that fire. Subtle details wedded with time have created form in my work. The end result is portraits of individuals who are made in the image of the Divine whom with love has gifted life.”

Eternity Descending Into Time by Franklin Delgado. Opening reception: Monday, October 30, 2017, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Artist talk: 6:45 p.m. Exhibition Dates: October 30-December 19, 2017. Gallery Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m. Grand Rapids Community College, Collins Art Gallery, 143 Bostwick Ave. NE, Grand Rapids, MI Front image: Eternity Descending Into Time, graphite on paper 65x42 inches, 2017.

GRCC In the News, 10-3-17

SL resident’s creation among ArtPrize public vote top 20

Oct. 2, 2017; Grand Haven Tribune

Two Spring Lake residents and one former Spring Lake resident either created or are subjects of two of the 20 public vote finalists in ArtPrize.

… Jurors short list (announced Sept. 25)


… Virtue Virtu Vertu’ by HIPKISS by Alpha & Chris Mason at GRCC Collins Art Gallery (Panjas, France)

GRCC In the News, 9-27-17

News Briefs

Sept. 27, 2017; The Torch (Ferris State University student newspaper)

… Literature in person

Katie Kalisz, a professor of English at Grand Rapids Community College and a recognized poet, will be presenting in IRC 120* Monday, Oct. 2, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, please contact Dr. Deirdre Fagan at

*IRC 120 refers to the Interdisciplinary Resource Center on the Ferris State University Big Rapids Campus

Judging the ArtPrize Jurors Shortlist

Sept. 26, 2017; WGRD

ArtPrize Nine hit another big landmark Monday night as the jurors revealed their favorite entries. Take a look at their favorites which include a few surprises and some snubs too.

… The biggest surprise here, and it’s a welcome one, has got to be the diversity of the venues represented in the category. You can expect The Ruse Escape Rooms and Veterans Memorial Park to see an influx of visitors after being named to the Jurors Shortlist. GRCC Collins Art Gallery and Cultural Collective @ Rumsey Street might see the bigger crowds they deserve too. DeVos Place is a regular in the second round each year.

GRCC In the News, 9-26-17

College building $3M manufacturing lab downtown

Sept. 26, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A college is building a manufacturing training lab downtown to address the shortage of skilled trades and engineering workers.

Western Michigan University has started construction on a two-story Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Laboratory, or the AMP Lab @WMU, which is being built in collaboration with Grand Rapids Community College and manufacturers.

Education Newsmakers: 09/25/2017

Sept. 25, 2017; Traverse City Record-Eagle

The Ed & Irene Fleis Education Fund awarded scholarships in May to students living in Leelanau County or with county lineage. The following students received $1,000 awards:
Tina Poulias, a medical student at Grand Rapids Community College, won the scholarship in memory of Jim and Rita (Fleis) Cwengros.

ArtPrize Nine jury shortlist: 20 finalists

Sept. 25, 2017; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – The ArtPrize category award jurors revealed their shortlists of five artist entries in the 2D, 3D, Installation and Time-Based categories.

… Here are the shortlist picks based on category:


… Virtue Virtu Vertu’ by HIPKISS by Alpha & Chris Mason at GRCC Collins Art Gallery (Panjas, France)

GRCC In the News, 9-18-17

Anxiety and uncertainty: Fallout from Trump administration’s plan to rescind DACA

Sept. 17, 2017;

West Michigan educators and at least one business group say the Trump administration’s plan to rescind the Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals program already is leading to anxiety and uncertainty.

… Universities and colleges across Michigan including Western Michigan University, Michigan State University, Grand Valley State University, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Kalamazoo College and Kalamazoo Valley Community College have responded with resolutions of support for their DACA students and called for a legislative fix from Congress.
GRCCs Faculty Council recently passed a resolution opposing the DACA decision and supporting the positions of the GRCC administration and Board of Trustees.

Call to action issued on Challenge Scholars

Sept. 15, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The president of the Grand Rapids Community Foundation says Challenge Scholars is more than about giving families money to pay for college, but preparing and guiding teenagers through the transition from high school to college for a successful career and life.

… Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) announced that all incoming freshman to Union, starting with the class of 2020, will have at least a two-year, tuition-free option for college or career training at the college. GRCC has also committed Success Coaches to work with students to identify college and career goals.

Women in Auto Care Announce 2017 Scholarship Winners

Sept. 15, 2017; Tire Review

Women in Auto Care awarded $65,000 in scholarships this year to 22 female students who are studying to enter the auto care industry.

… The 2017 scholarship winners are listed below:

Post-Secondary Students

… $2,500 Brooke Peckham, Grand Rapids Community College

In Trump era, politics are more visible than ever at Grand Rapids’ ArtPrize

Sept. 17, 2017; The Detroit Free Press

GRAND RAPIDS — When Donald Trump stumbled into last year’s ArtPrize competition, he was still a long-shot presidential candidate running what looked like a losing campaign.

… Her (Patricia Constantine) entry, “Sineater,” on display at Grand Rapids Community College’s Collins Art Gallery, is a mixed-media triptych. Presented using carnivalesque imagery, its middle panel is a self-portrait that conveys the artist’s guilt about teaching within a system that buries students in debt. Images of Trump and Betsy DeVos also appear with the phrases “I want to build a wall” and “No free lunch,” respectively.

GRCC In the News, 10-21-16

Candidate forum planned for 5 vying to serve on GRCC’s Board of Trustees

Oct. 20, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The community is invited to attend a forum for the five candidates running for three, six-year seats on the Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees on Tuesday, Oct. 25.

MCC’s MAP+ apprenticeship program wins Automation Alley award

Oct. 20, 2016; Macomb Daily

Macomb Community College’s Michigan Apprenticeship Program Plus (MAP+) was presented with Automation Alley’s 2016 Outstanding Educational Initiative Award at the organization’s Annual Awards Gala Oct. 14.

… MAP+ is a partnership between MCC and Grand Rapids Community College to develop and expand apprenticeship career pathways. The program spans from building awareness, including working with high schools and other organizations to link individuals to opportunities, providing pre-apprentice and apprenticeship training, matching employers and students, leveraging associate degree attainment and creating options for bachelor-degree completion. The program offers industry-driven, structured training that allows employers to develop current employees, as well as to interview and hire students.

Governor visits Middleville’s newest manufacturer

Oct. 20, 2016; The Hastings Banner

A major supplier to Bradford White has become an international company with its opening of a new facility in Middleville, and Gov. Rick Snyder welcomed them to West Michigan Friday afternoon.

… Snyder mentioned the access students and possible future Accurate Machine employees have to higher education, including Kellogg Community College and Grand Rapids Community College.

How a CMU professor turned old photographs into an LGBTQ perspective

Oct. 20, 2016; Central Michigan Life (CMU’s student newspaper)

Growing up queer in the ’90s, Kris Sanford didn’t have role models to look up to, or a relationship to mirror her own after so she decided to create one.

… Sanford’s work is currently being displayed in two locations in Michigan. “Open to Interpretation,” which is artist Thomas Allen and Sanford’s artwork, is being displayed at GRCC Collins Art Gallery in Grand Rapids until Dec. 2.  Her work is also being displayed as part of “enLIGHTENED” in the CMU University Art Gallery until Nov. 19.

Reception set for today for Collins Art Gallery exhibit

Please join the Visual Arts Department today, Tuesday, November 10th, at a reception for our latest exhibit in the GRCC Collins Art Gallery. The exhibit features the work of faculty and recent graduates of Kendall College’s Illustration Department.

Light refreshments will be served between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. in the Gallery, which is located on the fourth floor of the Main Building.

Paintings and drawings line the walls of a one-room gallery.

GRCC In the News, 10-1-15

ArtPrize Adventures: 10 entries to see during showers

Sept. 29, 2015; WOTV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) — While Storm Team 8 from WOOD TV is predicting rain Tuesday morning, it’s not slowing down ArtPrize Seven.

… “See through Solid” by Sotir Davidhi

… Location: Grand Rapids Community Colleges Collins Art Gallery 143 Bostwick NE

Grand Rapids area dining guide: Downtown

Sept. 30, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Here is an alphabetical list of restaurants in the downtown Grand Rapids area. Please contact with any openings or closings that may affect this list to help keep it current for all readers.

… The Heritage Restaurant Located in the Applied Technology Center at Grand Rapids Community College, this is the culinary school restaurant. Open during selected times September through mid-April and for lunch May-June. 151 Fountain St. NE, 234-3700, $, $$$

Indie-folks Chris DuPont and his inspiring musical quest: Grappling with chaos, emerging with hope

Sept. 29, 2015; Local Spin

If Chris DuPont’s music strikes a raw nerve for listeners with its deeply personal, introspective observations about life, then the Ypsilanti singer-songwriter with roots in Grand Rapids figures hes done his job.

… DuPont brings those personally compelling songs this week to Grand Rapids, where he lived for nine years starting at age 14 and where he first cut his teeth in the music business after majoring in recording technology at Grand Rapids Community College.

Aquinas men’s soccer draws with Madonna under the lights

Sept. 30, 2015; MLive

Grand Rapids, MI- Aquinas and (RV) Madonna played to a 0-0 draw in the conference home opener for the Saints. The game was the first game “under the lights” at the Aquinas Athletic Field after the installation of field lighting earlier this fall. With the draw, Aquinas’ record now stands at 5-2-1, and 0-1-1 in WHAC play.

… Twenty minutes of extra play weren’t enough to separate the two teams, as neither team could generate a scoring chance to end the game. Aquinas got strong defensive play from seniors Matt Jackson (Kalamazoo/GRCC) and Michael Weber (Traverse City/St. Francis), and goalie Ty VandePoel (Holland/Holland) made three saves in net.

Northern Michigan University is One of the 57 Veteran-Friendly Schools for the 2015-2016 School Year

Sept. 29, 2015; 103 FXD (Escanaba)

LANSING, Mich. — Student veterans and their dependents can now choose from more than 50 veteran-friendly schools committed to providing on-campus, veteran-centric services to better support their academic and transitional needs.

… The rankings for the 2015-16 academic year are:


… Grand Rapids Community College*
… *Indicates a school that also participates in the Michigan Veteran Education Initiative.

GRCC In the News, 9-30-15

ArtPrize 2015 Top 100 public favorites: time-based

Sept. 29, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The early public favorites for ArtPrize Seven were revealed Tuesday morning, the first popular vote milestone of the 2015 contest.

… “claylist,” by Jonathan D. Lopez at DeVos Place Convention Center

(Jonathan Lopez is a GRCC alumnus.)

Joseph Becherer: How Jurors’ Shortlist focuses vast field of entries

Sept. 29, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The creation and ongoing implementation of the juried awards at ArtPrize are, without doubt, one of organization’s most compelling and important endeavors.

… Considering the vast field of entries for two-dimensional work, jurying this category may have been the most difficult task of all. John Haverty’s massive and eclectic vision, “Gangrene,” at the Boardwalk GR Condominiums is a must see and experience event as no reproduction can offer the work any justice. “Guryong Village, Seoul” by Soohyun Kim, at Grand Rapids Community College’s Collins Art Gallery, is a compelling statement about the chaos and crowds of poverty inside a shanty town in one of Asia’s wealthiest cities.

MSU IAT offers certificate programs

Sept. 29, 2015; Farmers’ Advance (agriculture publication for Michigan, Ohio and Indiana)

EAST LANSING, MI — The Michigan State University Institute of Agricultural Technology (IAT) is offering academic programs in partnership with seven community colleges across the state and on campus in East Lansing where students can earn certificates in programs ranging from agricultural operations to electrical technology.

IAT has been conducting practical plant, animal and technology certificate courses in East Lansing for more than 100 years. Now MSU has partnered with Southwest Michigan College, Grand Rapids Community College, Muskegon Community College, Montcalm Community College, Northwestern Michigan College, Delta College and Glen Oaks Community College to offer a variety of certificate programs at each location.