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Daily Archives: November 2, 2021
The work of artist, instructor Tatsuki Hakoyama featured in GRCC’s Paul Collins Art Gallery
The work of artist Tatsuki Hakoyama, a Grand Rapids Community College adjunct instructor, is the subject of an exhibit in the campus’s Paul Collins Art Gallery.
Hakoyama is a native of Japan who has taught in GRCC’s Visual Arts Department since January, this semester working with students in the AT 140 Drawing 1 class.
The exhibit will run through Nov. 18 in the gallery, located on the fourth floor of newly renovated Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall, 143 Bostwick Ave. NE. Admission is free.
Although he enjoys working with a broad range of content and media, including painting, drawing, printmaking, papermaking, and digital drawing, he said his passion is creating allegorical paintings influenced by magical realists.
Hakoyama said his influences include magical realist painters such as George Tooker, Peter Blume and René Magritte.
“These paintings depict magical narratives that invoke a sense of uncanniness to seemingly mundane scenery,” he wrote in an artist statement for the exhibition. “These compositions analyze, criticize, and question the human struggle — both physical and metaphysical — and provide social commentary on relevant topics relating to identity, education, and impact of globalization and technology in our social structure.”
Hakoyama earned a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University and a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University.
His work has appeared in numerous exhibitions throughout Michigan and has received recognition, including a first-place Juror’s Award at 2021 Art Walk Central in Mount Pleasant, the Martin Maddox Prize for Imaginative Realism at 2020 West Michigan Areas Show in Kalamazoo, and a 2D Juror’s Award at 2019 Regional Arts Exhibition in Grand Rapids.
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GRCC In the News 11/02/2021
Free tuition lured Michigan adults to college. Next job: Keeping them there
11/1/21; Bridge Magazine
Somewhere between her full-time job as a sleep clinic technician, making meals for three children and getting a few hours of sleep, Amanda Hedges-Harrison recently missed a deadline for an English composition assignment at Grand Rapids Community College.
GRCC gallery displays work of artist, instructor Tatsuki Hakoyama
11/1/21; FOX 17
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The work of artist Tatsuki Hakoyama, a Grand Rapids Community College adjunct instructor, is the subject of an exhibit in the campus’s Paul Collins Art Gallery.
Project aims to build pipeline to careers in the water industry
The water industry is facing a shortage of qualified workers because of retirements and because of proposed new investments in infrastructure, which will require extra staffing.
One local solution to the national problem is a new collaboration between Grand Rapids Community College, the city of Grand Rapids, and Bay College in Escanaba. They are teaming up for a project aimed at building a pipeline to careers in the water and wastewater industry.