Current Location:
Shelf W1 (OS) -> Box 356
Location Notes:
IDC; Open Shelving; Section W; Shelf W1; Box 356

Scorpion Express

Rick Schaafsma
Gift of Rick Schaafsma
Mixed Media
Artworks - Height: 5.5 in Width: 6.5 in Depth: 19.5 in
A blue train enters a tunnel. On the back of the train is a scorpion. Rocks and glass shards surround the base of the train.
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.