City As Muse

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City As Muse “City as Muse” is the 2014 Artprize project, by Grand Rapid’s native and artist Rick Beerhorst, that looks into the idea of the transforming power of positive change released when an artist fixes his gaze on his city. It also is a project that seeks new ways local artists and community and business leaders, can partner in creating habitat for arts and culture. Rick says, “I have witnessed the restoration of historic buildings as well as the addition of new glass and steel structures in my city. It is on this foundation that I am dedicating 2014, to creating a large scale painting that will be the culmination of what has been building up over these past 25 years of painting and drawing my hometown. As I meditate on my relationship with the city of Grand Rapids, I realize that this city has become my Muse, she both inspires creativity and creates a culture and place for me to create.”

Entry Details
  • Art form: Installation
  • Depth: 14'
  • Medium: oil painting, drawing, and video
  • Width: 20'
  • Year created: 2014
  • Height: 9'