"Welcome to the Visual Arts Gallery at Governors State University. The gallery program has a strong tradition of making connections to the academic and creative pursuits of the students and faculty of the art program, and in 2010 the first National Juried Exhibition marked a new chapter for the Visual Arts Gallery. Exhibitions such as those in the "Ways of Making" series feature professional artists and curators. The Art on CampusProgram activates walls around campus with exhibits that resonate with pertinent themes and topics of particular interest to our ever-growing audience. Our receptions and events are free and open to the public, so stop by and say "hi," get on our mailing list and get involved."

Jeff Stevenson

Director and Curator, Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park and Visual Arts Gallery

Jeff Stevenson has more than 30 years of professional experience in the visual arts as a practicing studio artist, arts writer, college professor, curator and gallery director. As Director of the Art Gallery, Stevenson oversees the exhibition schedule, themes, and activities presenting a wide range of artists: student, professional, regional, national, international, experimental, traditional, etc.

As Director and Curator of the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park, he oversees programming, presentation, conservation and acquisition for the park’s collection of 30 large-scale artworks.

Stevenson earned a BS in Medical Illustration from The Ohio State University and an MFA in Painting from Ohio University.  He has served on boards and committees with the Chicago Artists’ Coalition, Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park, and the Flossmoor Village Art Commission, in his hometown, Flossmoor, Illinois.



The GSU Visual Arts Gallery is committed to creating an excellent, intellectually stimulating and visually compelling experience for the entire region through dynamic exhibitions of established, emerging and student artists’ work.


Visual Arts Gallery director

Jeff Stevenson

email: jstevenson@govst.edu

Visual Arts Gallery Graduate Assistant

Heather Cox

email: artsgrad@govst.edu

phone: 708-534-4021


COVID19 - we are working with our Emergency Response Team to make sure that everyone in our community remains safe. The exhibition "CSI 20 20" is on view Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am to 3pm by appointment July 1 through August 7, 2020 - please contact Heather artsgrad@govst.edu (other times if availability allows) If you are sick or have any symptoms, stay at home; cloth face coverings are required while on campus; 

  • Campus hours to visit are from 7am to 7pm Monday through Friday (as of June 30). 
  • Practice social distancing by keeping at least six feet of distance between yourself and others; face coverings are required while on campus - wear a mask; wash your hands.
  • Please stay home if you are sick or feeling any symptoms, such as fever, coughing, troubled breathing, and/or other flu-like symptoms;
  • Visit alone or with members of your household;
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper arm/elbow. 

Please visit https://www.govst.edu/covid-19/ for complete guidelines required by GSU