LANSING, Mich. — You don’t have to look too hard to find the work of local artists here in Lansing.
Thanks to the Arts Council of Greater Lansing all you really have to do is look up. You can catch the work of six local artists on billboards in and around the city.
The arts council in partnership with Adams Advertising and the Ingham Hotel/Motel Tourism Fund is showcasing six phenomenal artists through their Art in the Sky project.
The winners will have their work featured on digital billboards from Lansing to Jackson for the next year. According to the arts council’s communications director, Dawn Gorman, showcasing these artists offers some positivity in a tough year.
“Even though we’ve been through a lot this year, they’re the ones making the community better by creating art,” Gorman said.
Gorman was a panelist in selecting artists like Sara Pulver to represent the Lansing art community.
“My experience of the art in the sky project has been so positive. And weirdly powerful so far,” Pulver said.
Pulver is a graphic designer with her own line of illustrated products like maps, mugs, and more called Dear Ollie.
Whether she’s creating for herself or for her line she gets much of her inspiration while she’s out and about in Lansing.
“I keep like a sticky note in my phone like I'm like one of those color notes apps where I just put ideas down as they come to me so if I'm out getting groceries at Target and I see something funny or something comes to me say I'll write it down in my little app, and then kind of go back,” Pulver said.
She’s found Lansing’s art community to be nothing but supportive.
“It's like this really tight-knit group of supportive people who are just always there as cheerleaders to support you, share your work, cheer you on. Everyone is really accommodating. One thing I absolutely love is it's not a competitive field for us at all,” Pulver said.
“We really do, within our little community, try to support each other as much as we can.”
Pulver says the support was needed in 2020 more than ever.
“Emotionally. It's hard, mentally. It's hard financially and as somebody who is a maker of products, like I mentioned, at least a third of my income usually comes from markets and shows and I haven't been able to do any in 2020. It's definitely been challenging and then having the pressure to be creative on top of that, it can it can be a lot. So, it's definitely been a year to lean into the people who support you and into self-care of it.”
Keep your eye on the skies, you never know when you’ll come across work by a Lansing artist.
Make sure you share your local artist sighting with us here at Fox 47 with the hashtag: #ArtInTheSky for your chance to have your photos featured on the news.