Current Location:
Student Services Building -> 2nd Floor (STU)
Location Notes:
STU; Dean of Students Suite (202), North wall of waiting area

To Know Where You're Going You've Got to Know Where You've Been

Artwork
Identifier:
2016.15.6
Artist:
Rick Schaafsma
Credit:
Gift of Rick Schaafsma
Medium:
Acrylic on Board
Date:
2010
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 23.5 in Width: 18 in
Description:
A sign points in various directions with a colorful fish resting on top. A stack of yellow stars on painted on the right-side of the piece.
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.