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
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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.

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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

There are currently no exhibits on display in the Hartwig Gallery due to COVID-19.

Bay West Gallery

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