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

The Gift Bearer

Artwork
Identifier:
2016.15.16
Artist:
Rick Schaafsma
Credit:
Gift of Rick Schaafsma
Medium:
Acrylic on Board
Date:
2002
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 24 in Width: 24 in
Description:
Painting depicted a religious man with a crown holding three crosses in his hand. The nighttime scene has large stars in the sky and a house on the horizon.
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.