Current Location:
Shelf B4 (CS1) -> Box 170
Location Notes:
IDC; Compressed Shelving Unit 1; Section B; Shelf 4; Box 170

Starry Blue Man

Rick Schaafsma
Gift of Rick Schaafsma
Acrylic on Canvas Panel
Artworks - Height: 16 in Width: 12 in
A side silhouette of a man with a pink mohawk and a blue face with stars is set against a gold background.
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.