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Painting Professor’s Artwork Joins the Permanent Collection of the Grand Rapids Art Museum

Posted January 26, 2017 in FacultyNews BitesPainting

Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) Painting Professor Margaret Vega recently had a piece of her artwork added to the permanent collection of the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM).

Vega’s oil monotype “Head of a Boy” was purchased by GRAM and will be displayed for the first time in the museum as part of Prints and Processes, an exhibition of work from the permanent collection including pieces by Albrecht Durer, Rembrandt van Rijn, William Blake, Mary Cassatt, and Andy Warhol. The exhibition runs from January 24 – June 25, 2017.

“It is a great honor for me to be a part of the Grand Rapids Art Museum’s Permanent Collection and to be included in the Prints and Processes exhibition,” says Vega “It is a privilege to have my work viewed in such an incredible space.”

work by Margaret Vega"Head of a Boy" by Margaret Vega (image courtesy of the artist)

“Head of a Boy” is a part of a larger series of works, “Voices of the Children,” inspired by Vega’s years of working with children in the inner city. Most recently, she founded SiteStudio, an organization that provides transformative creative experiences to youth in West Michigan.

“'Head of a Boy' represents one child and at the same time, all children. The face is inspired by my son, the children I work with, as well as cherubs, the winged child, whose gift is knowledge. Conflating these memories, I wanted to create a universal image of ‘child’,” says Vega.


Other pieces in the “Voices of the Children” series are featured in the permanent collection of Grand Valley State University. Vega also has work included in the permanent collections of Massacio Museum of Contemporary Art in Italy, Fredrik Meijer Gardens, Steelcase and other private and corporate collections in the United States and Europe. She has exhibited her work extensively throughout the Unites States, China, Germany, and Italy.

See more of Margaret Vega’s work at mvegastudio.com.

Learn more about KCAD’s Painting program at kcad.edu/painting