Closing Look: In Memory

The late Billy Mayer of the art and art history faculty was a passionate advocate for the creation of the Kruizenga Art Museum, so what could be more appropriate than for the museum to host a retrospective of his work? The mixed-media piece shown here, “Wall of Sound,” will travel to another venue and reach an additional audience in the near future. Billy had intended to enter it in this year’s Art Prize in Grand Rapids, and since the competition doesn’t include entries posthumously the Grand Rapids Art Museum will be exhibiting it independently during the event.

“In Memory: The Art of Billy Mayer” opened in the Kruizenga Art Museum on May 29 and is continuing through September 8. Art Prize will run September 19 through October 7.

Summer 2018