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

GRCC ANNUAL STUDENT ART EXHIBITION BEGINS TONIGHT!

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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."

GRCC ANNUAL STUDENT ART EXHIBITION

  • 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!

RSVP now for the Leadership Institute’s ‘Campus Canvas’ event

You’re invited to the Leadership Institute’s next Social Event – “Campus Canvas”

Date:  Friday 3/22/19, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Location:  Visual Arts, 461 Main Building

Details:  Join other GRCC colleagues for a fun night of painting led by the Visual Arts Department.  No experience or talent necessary. A little nervous to paint? Don’t be! You will be guided step-by-step.  You will be amazed at your very own work of ART! You may want to wear clothes that you don’t mind getting paint on.  Light refreshments will be provided.

Cost:  Free

RSVP: This event is limited to the first 25 registered guests. Please RSVP online.

Questions: Please contact campuscanvas@grcc.edu

Graphic for the 2019 Leadership Institute. The text reads: "InteGREAT CC."

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.

Visual Arts Professor Filippo Tagliati receives ArtPrize Artist Seed Grant

Associate Professor Filippo Tagliati in the Visual Arts department attended an awards ceremony on September 20th for the Frey Foundation’s Artist Seed Grants, where he and his collaborative team were awarded a $2,000 grant to support their submission into this year’s competition.  The grants were awarded to artists who “demonstrated both financial need and artistic merit.”

Here a link to the ArtPrize article regarding the awards: http://www.artprize.org/blog/artprize-awards-165000-in-grants-to-artists-ahead-of-10th-event

And here is Filippo’s ArtPrize entry for this year: http://www.artprize.org/67830

His project will be on display at the SiTE:LAB venue, 415 Franklin SE, for the duration of ArtPrize.

GRCC In the News, 8-14-18

Pregnant mother of 4 killed in crash ‘always put family first’

Aug. 13, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Nancy Orozco is being remembered by her friends and family as a “loving mother, wife and sister who always put her family first.”

… Nancy Orozco spent most of her life in Grand Rapids, where she lived with her husband, Oscar Reyes, and four children. She graduated from Union High School in 2008 and later attended Grand Rapids Community College.

Young gardeners with Grand Rapids Urban League cook up their harvest with GRCC students

Aug. 13, 2018; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Urban League and Grand Rapids Community College are cooking up a special meal Monday.

Entries wanted for Barry County Artists Exhibition / 8-11-18

Aug. 11, 2018; The Hastings Reminder

The Thornapple Arts Council and Historic Charlton Park will host the juried fourth annual Barry County Artists Exhibition at Historic Charlton Park in the fall.

… As her sons entered high school, she (Patti Sevensma) focused on becoming a professional photographer and also began taking art classes at Grand Rapids Community College, along with local instructor Loretta Sailors, who has been a significant influence on her work.

Campus Artwork available today through Thursday!

We’ve taken all the artwork out of storage and have been working to identify the pieces that you’ll begin to see being installed and displayed in public spaces around campus.  We’ve also identified LOTS of pieces that we want to make available to the campus community for use in departments and individual offices.  There are pieces by students, faculty, and others.  We’re going to make these pieces available on a first come basis.  Nick Antonakis will be on site to help answer questions about the pieces.

If you’re interested in artwork for your area, you may come look at the art and make selections today, tomorrow, and Thursday, August 7-9, in Main 461 from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

Campus Artwork available!

We’ve taken all the artwork out of storage and have been working to identify the pieces that you’ll begin to see being installed and displayed in public spaces around campus.  We’ve also identified LOTS of pieces that we want to make available to the campus community for use in departments and individual offices.  There are pieces by students, faculty, and others.  We’re going to make these pieces available on a first come basis.  Nick Antonakis will be on site to help answer questions about the pieces.

If you’re interested in artwork for your area, you may come look at the art and make selections on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, August 7-9, in Main 461 from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

GRCC ceramics workshop

The Ceramics Department held a clay workshop on February 28th for all students within the Visual Arts. The guest artist was Madeline Kaczmarczyk. Madeline is a professional clay artist and Professor of Ceramics at Aquinas College. Madeline presented a visual lecture on the philosophy of her work, a clay demonstration of how she creates her work, and a student’s hands-on period trying out the new techniques.

Professor Scott Garrard stated: “It is so important to expose our students to as many artists as possible. Madeline demonstrated new techniques and creative ideas that will benefit each of our students as they move forward within their arts. It was a great educational experience for all.”

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Visual Arts Department hosts ArtCamp 5

On February 16, the Visual Arts Department hosted ArtCamp 5. The mission of the GRCC ArtCamp is to continue the support of future artists through a high level of education and artistic experiences. We wish to recognize and celebrate the energy and dedication that area art teachers contribute to their students and their community.

Professor Scot Garrard said, ” It is so wonderful to see so many young adults interested in the Arts — these students will add creativity and culture to the world in all areas of life for many years.”

This year, five highs schools attended ArtCamp, with 97 participates creating artworks within the hands-on workshops. These workshops included ceramics, drawing, photography, art history, and art curriculum information.

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GRCC In the News, 2-6-18

GRCC to hosts GRPS Senior Night Out

Feb. 5, 2018; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich — 6 basketball players finishing up their time at the Junior College level will be honored Wednesday night in the Grand Rapids Public Schools Senior Night Out event when Muskegon Community College visits Grand Rapids Community College on Wednesday night.

Let the Light Shine In

Feb. 5, 2018; Women’s Lifestyle magazine

The Light Gallery + Studio has a refreshingly clean, urban vibe that’s comfortable and inviting to patrons. Paintings, pottery, homemade candles, intricate tapestries, specialty papers, jewelry, decorative pillows and tea towels, even wooden cutting board and tables all created by local artists are on display. Elton, the gallery cat (he even has his own Instagram account: thegallerycat), will greet you at the door along with owners E Townsley and Matthew Provoast.

… Running their own professional photography businesses and the gallery/studio has been an incredible learning experience for both of them. They aren’t afraid to try new things, take chances or to seek answers from those more experienced. Provoast even took classes at Grand Rapids Community College to learn more about running a small business and marketing strategies. The business continues to grow and evolve; they plan to curate art exhibits for local establishments and pursue innovative ways to market to interior designers.

MHSAA announces the Scholar-Athlete Award recipients in Class C

Feb. 5, 2018; Ionia Sentinel-Standard

EAST LANSING — The Michigan High School Athletic Association has selected 10 student-athletes from Class C member schools to receive scholarships through the MHSAA/Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete Award program.

… Emma (Pachulski) played three seasons of varsity volleyball and will participate in her fourth of varsity track & field this spring. Served as captain of both teams; earned all-conference, all-region and academic all-state honors in volleyball and all-county in track. Participating in second year of National Honor Society and attended American Legion Auxiliary Girls State. Also plays in school band; has served as percussion section leader and first chair clarinet and helped band to highest possible 1 rating at district competition. Participates in her schools drama productions, earning lead female roles and serving as assistant director and lead choreographer. Serves as lead photographer on yearbook staff. Earned Sportsmanship Award, the highest honor, from local 4-H and also participates as part of her church’s youth group. Walked and raised funds to honor cancer survivors as part of Relay for Life. Will attend Grand Rapids Community College and study theatre & media arts.

MCC women top Ancilla on Saturday, extend winning streak to eight games

Feb. 5, 2018; Local Sports Journal (Muskegon)

The Muskegon Community College women’s basketball team pushed its winning streak to eight games on Saturday with a 76-62 win over visiting Ancilla College.

… MCC remains tied for first place in the MCCAA Western Conference with Mid-Michigan. The Jayhawks travel to Grand Rapids Community College on Wednesday for another conference matchup.

 

GRCC In the News, 1-26-18

2018 Festival of the Arts poster designed by past ArtPrize winner

Jan. 25, 2018; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – Festival of the Arts celebrates its 49th year in 2018, with a new poster designed by past ArtPrize winner Chris LaPorte.

… LaPorte has earned art degrees from Aquinas College, La Coste Ecole de Beaux Arts and the New York Academy of Art, going on to teach drawing at GVSU, GRCC, Kendall College of Art and Design, and Aquinas College. His ArtPrize entry, “Calvary, American Officers, 1921” won first-place in 2010.

GRCC In the News, 1-8-18

Longtime GRCC coach and AD Gordon Hunsberger dies

Jan. 5, 2018; MLive

Gordon Hunsberger, one of the most distinguished athletic figures at Grand Rapids Community College, has died at age 93.

At family-owned Micron Manufacturing, workers create their own schedules

Jan. 7, 2018; mibiz.com

WALKER — One West Michigan manufacturer has embraced a Wild West approach to running its shop floor.

… To accompany its apprenticeship program, Micron has partnered with Grand Rapids Community College and Ferris State University to offer internships.

Cedar Springs Library debuts first artists of new year in rotating exhibit

Jan. 6, 2018; MLive

The Cedar Springs Public Library is welcoming its first artists of 2018 to have their artwork displayed as part of their “Artists, Authors & YOU!” program.

… (Lori) Hough studied art at Grand Rapids Junior College, now known as Grand Rapids Community College, and received a degree in zoology from MSU.

GVSU receives $1M grant for STEM initiative

Jan. 8, 2018; The Lanthorn (GVSU student newspaper)

For many incoming freshmen, the shock of a college workload can add stress and strain to their lives. This can be especially true for those pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Often perceived as some of the most difficult college disciplines, Grand Valley State University’s STEM programs have a freshman dropout rate of nearly 60 percent within students’ first two years at school. Last year, department officials decided it was time to take action in a new way.

… The incoming freshmen in this program will largely be recruited from nearby community colleges, such as Grand Rapids Community College, Northwestern Michigan College and Muskegon Community College. Johnson plans to conduct research on students throughout the entirety of their time in the program and hopes to be able to use the information to help other universities struggling with the same issues in their STEM fields.

 

 

GRCC In the News, 12-21-17

Be consistent: Artist-entrepreneur Steve Vinson models versatility necessary to thrive

Dec. 20, 2017; Cultured GR

Soft spoken and easy going, Steve Vinson models the versatility necessary to thrive as a contemporary creative. When he’s not doing the grunt work to install a Fed Galleries exhibition, you might find him teaching two-dimensional design at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) …or GVSU or KCAD, or you might find him creating a Facebook event for the next opening at Spiral, his storefront gallery on South Division. In the midst of it, Vinson has also managed to produce a body of work currently on display at 337 Project Space. Painter, professor, preparator, and curator, Steve Vinson makes stuff happen.

GRCC In the News, 11-3-17

Loaded handgun magazine found in GRCC bathroom was Kentwood officer’s

Nov. 2, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Grand Rapids Community College police have identified the origin of a fully-loaded handgun magazine found in a campus bathroom Wednesday, Nov. 1. How it got there remains under investigation.

Painting the Divine

Nov. 2, 2017; Women’s Lifestyle magazine

Chakila Hoskins discovered her artistic gift at the age of seven. Her father drew a sketch of her favorite TV star, Punky Brewster, and then challenged her to do the same. Hoskins’s portrait of the ’80s sitcom character, with her signature pigtails tied up in flower hair bands, turned out to be as incredibly accomplished as her father’s version. She was struck by the positive remarks and affirming words from her parents.

… It would take her several years to regain belief in her artistry. In 2006, working in the retail industry and raising two daughters (she now has three), Hoskins decided to begin taking classes at Grand Rapids Community College.

COLLEGE NOTES: Olivet-Alma features four local talents

Nov. 2, 2017; Argus-Press (Owosso)

… VOLLEYBALL

Autumn Severn, Grand Rapids Community College (New Lothrop) Severn had 12 assists and five digs as GRCC won the Michigan Community College Athletic Association title Saturday over Muskegon CC. In the previous game in the tournament against Oakland CC, she had 18 assists and nine digs.

Defying gravity: Meet 55″ professional dunker Porter Maberry

Nov. 2, 2017; purpose2play.com

If Porter Maberry could sit down and have a conversation with gravity, he might say, “I’m sorry, but I respectfully disagree.” That’s because at 55″ and 145 pounds, he can dunk a basketball on a regulation size hoop.

… After a short stint on the Grand Rapids Community College basketball team, Maberry opted to quit basketball and work full-time lifting furniture.