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

Courage

Artwork
Identifier:
2016.15.25
Artist:
Rick Schaafsma
Credit:
Gift of Rick Schaafsma
Medium:
Acrylic on Board
Date:
2003
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 5.5 in Width: 16 in
Description:
An outline of a lion is painted in yellow next to the word "COURAGE" against a navy blue 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. 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.