Current Location:
Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall -> 3rd Floor (FINK)
Location Notes:
FINK; 3rd Floor; Hallway Between Rooms 321 and 335

Courage

Artwork
Identifier:
2016.15.4
Artist:
Rick Schaafsma
Credit:
Gift of Rick Schaafsma
Medium:
Acrylic on Board
Date:
1999
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 14 in Width: 15 in
Description:
A lion with a red mane and teal whiskers stands above the word "COURAGE".
Historical Context:
Rick Schaafsma is a retired police officer who served on the streets of Grand Rapids from the late 60s through the mid-90s. Using the pen name "ARCH" taken from his high-arched basketball shot, Schaafsma draws a range of fanciful figures, including his "CopToons” with the hope that children will look at police officers in a positive light beginning at an early age. “I always looked at it when I was a police officer: I may not be able to change a lot of things I may not be able to do a lot of things but I can chip away at it and make some improvements when I’m on my beat, when I interact with people” In addition to his art, Schaafsma works with Seeds of Promise, a non-profit with a mission to empower people to increase their prosperity through improving the neighborhoods they live in.