Current Location:
Daniel and Pamella DeVos Center for Interprofessional Health -> 3rd Floor (DCIH)
Location Notes:
DCIH; 3rd Floor; Inside Room 330

Outsider Art ➔ Rock Star

Reb Roberts
GVSU Collection
Acrylic on Board
Artworks - Height: 14" Width: 22" Depth: .5"
Historical Context:
Reb Roberts often recounts how in the 1990’s driving the streets of downtown Grand Rapids meant traveling through areas of boarded-up buildings and run-down businesses. That’s when he first decided to paint the mural of brightly colored fish that still stands between Charles and Henry Streets near Wealthy Street. The mural included a sign that stated “Developing Soon,” not because he had knowledge of future businesses, but to give hope to those living near the closed buildings and to “put a question mark in people’s heads.” From that moment on it became a life goal for Roberts to create artwork, from large murals to small paintings on found materials, with one goal in mind, to brighten Grand Rapids neighborhoods and the lives of those that live there. His artworks often include messages of hope, love, and laughter. Regarding this work he states, "Growing up in New Orleans, ‘letting the good times roll’ is a way of life. I have extended that approach to life for our community in West Michigan through adding this message to my art.”

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