Showcasing student and community artwork

Blurred paintings on an art gallery wall

Besse Center Gallery

The Besse Center South Gallery is located at the entrance to the Learning Resource Center. This gallery houses the college's permanent art collection, as well as exhibits of local and national artists. Each semester a student exhibit features a wide variety of drawing, painting, ceramics, photography and mixed media.

Current Exhibits
Safer at Home: Installation by Mary Sundstrom and Susan Reniewicki

Mary Sundstrom is a West Michigan artist, illustrator, and art instructor. Mary is greatly influenced by the natural beauty of her region. As a naturalist, she is influenced by the creatures, botanicals and minerals residing among the bayous and shorelines that surround the great lakes where she lives. Her usually playful artwork represents what she sees in nature. When Mary is not painting or mushroom hunting in the woods, she is the Exhibitions Director at the Holland Area Arts Council. Here she designs exhibits and manages public art projects. Mary has been at the Arts Council for thirteen years and is married with a 20-year-old daughter who is also an artist.

For Susan Reniewicki natural science has always been a pursuit and inspiration, and most family vacations involve camping. The best of times can be had on the trail, hunting plants, bugs, and other critters. Her gardens feature a host of native plants, reflecting these interests. She has been a Waupaca resident for fourteen years, and lives with her family in the city of Waupaca. She enjoys evening conversations on the patio, complaining about weeds, urban deer, or politics.

Hartwig Gallery

The Bay College Hartwig Art Gallery opened in January, 2000, in conjunction with the new art wing, which houses the college’s art studios for ceramics, painting, and drawing. Gallery shows feature the best artists from the upper Midwest region, and change throughout the year. At the end of each semester the Art Students Show displays award-winning art students’ work--the best of these are awarded purchase prizes and become part of Bay’s permanent Art Collection.

Current Exhibits

Emily Tobin LaVoy is a self-taught fiber artist and spinner. Originally from the Southern United States, she has embraced the adventure of living in the U.P., a place unlike any she has ever experienced. After many years as a Licensed Orthopedic Massage Therapist, Emily decided to follow her lifelong dream of pursuing art as an equal part of her career. She lives just a few blocks from Lake Superior, where she is surrounded by beloved family and pets who support, comfort, and inspire her in daily and professional life.

Artist Statement: “I have been weaving since 2013, bringing a lifetime of painting, drawing, and sculpture experience to fiber art. Natural beauty witnessed in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan has inspired my work since the summer of 2018. Close examination during frequent pauses reveal textures in tiny ecosystems of dead trees, patterns of roots and bark, and the dizzying multiplicity of colors in plants, leaves and mushrooms on the forest floor, canopy, and waterways. Returning to the studio, I allow these experiences to speak through me in an intuitive creative process, imparting my physical, emotional, and spiritual experience of Wilderness.” 

There will be a reception and Artist Talk on Thursday, March 19 at 2:00 PM in the Hartwig Gallery located in the Catherine Bonifas building on Bay College’s Escanaba Campus that is free and open to the public.

Bay West Gallery

The Bay College West Gallery is located in the Upper Commons.