Evidently, I made the cover of the Grand Rapids Gallery Guide this year. Last semester, all the students in Professor Filippo Tagliati's class submitted a cover for the Gallery Guide. The selection was narrowed down to Julia Kessler's and my work.
I was a bit disappointed when I learned that the association chose my least favorite of the three photos I submitted. To be completely honest, it was a filler photo for the assignment. In addition to choosing my least favorite, they weren't 100% onboard with the either of our designs, so we both were paid to go out and create similar works.
Once I finished, I waited and waited to hear whose work they had chosen. I kept asking Filippo if he had hear the final results, but to my dismay, months later they still hadn't announced it.
This past week, I bumped into Filippo in the Paul Collins Art Gallery, and he told me I had made it on the cover – after I had completely forgotten about it altogether. It was a pleasant surprise to end my school week.
The photograph is a composite of the Grand Rapids Art Museum, Kendall Art Gallery, the Grand River, and an inverted mask of myself from a photo.