About Visual Studies

Visual Studies is a studio emphasis area in the Art and Design Department at GVSU. We offer six studio courses to both Art and Non-Art Majors. NON-ART MAJORS are WELCOME for real studio art learning. These courses do not require traditional art skills like drawing. Art Majors may select Visual Studies as their emphasis area in the BFA Program or take the courses as electives.

Visual Studies reflects interdisciplinary approaches to making art that address significant aspects of contemporary life. One is the increasingly flexible use of space and context. In Space Studio, Civic Studio, and Curatorial Studio we design special contexts and engagements in the creation of culture.

Another aspect of contemporary life is the prevalence of digital media and networks in human experience and interaction. In Time Studio, Interactive Studio and Image Studio we investigate what this means for human culture by learning to make these media, and think critically about what they do.

Visual Studies graduates are employed doing design, curating and arts administration, photography, and other creative work.

Caroline Woolard Visits VS

Join New York City based artist and organizer Caroline Woolard in a public conversation about art, innovation, economic justice, and real estate in New York City and Grand Rapids. In a talk Artists for Community Land: making real estate work for innovation, art, and economic justice on April 16th at 7:30 Woolard will present current efforts in New York City to protect community land with cooperative financing and solidarity art economies. Attendees will be invited to discuss the ways in which Grand Rapids supports and creates spaces for innovation, art and economic justice in Grand Rapids. (Readings Here)

Caroline Woolard's interdisciplinary work facilitates social imagination at the intersection of art, urbanism, architecture, and political economy. After co-founding and co-directing resource sharing networks OurGoods.org and TradeSchool.coop from 2008-2014, Woolard is now focused on her work with BFAMFAPhD.com to raise awareness about the impact of rent, debt, and precarity on culture and on New York City To Be Determined to create and support truly affordable community land trusts for cultural resilience and economic justice in New York City. Caroline Woolard’s work has been supported by MoMA, the Rockefeller Cultural Innovation Fund, Eyebeam, the MacDowell Colony, unemployment benefits, the curiosity of strangers, and many collaborators.