Current Location:
Allendale Campus -> Thomas J. and Marcia J. Haas Center for Performing Arts
Location Notes:
PAC; 2nd fl, across from 2755 (left)

All is Vanity

Artwork
Identifier:
2016.15.7
Artist:
Rick Schaafsma
Credit:
Gift of Rick Schaafsma
Date:
2002
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 28 in Width: 20 in
Description:
A skeleton wearing a large green hat and pink floral color stands with it's hands extended. The phrase "ALL IS VANITY" is painted around the hat.
Historical Context:
This figure is based on a popular day of the dead icon, 'La Calavera Catrina' 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.