10 | Life In Lansing

Mural  |  Hector Acuna  |  Lansing, MI

About This Installation

Life in Lansing is a mural designed to reflect my perspective of living in this city for the past four years. The image presents a vivid landscape with layered fragments of textures, patterns, and symbols inspired by Michigan’s capital city. Life in Lansing combines qualities from multiple styles in painting including strong cast shadows, psychological spaces, and mysterious combinations of familiar and unfamiliar subjects. One of the aspects I enjoy most about the design is the repeated isolation of portraiture embedded into the landscape. Scattered throughout the layers of plush green shapes are portals open with ladders to lead the viewer into each human moment.

As an artist, my interests circle around how we relate to one another and the places we inhabit. Life in Lansing is a reminder that people can be both familiar and unfamiliar. My hope is that the painting will create a sense of encouragement to connect with those around us as we explore the city of Lansing.

Artist Bio

Hector Acuna is a 2020 MFA graduate from Michigan State University originally from Kenosha, Wisconsin. Hector began his academic career at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point where he earned his BFA in 2015. Hector has had small group and solo exhibitions at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Scarabocchio Art Museum, Saugatuck Center for the Arts, Kresge Art Center, Re: Vision Gallery, and Noel Fine Arts Center. His work has also been included in exhibitions at Site: Brooklyn Gallery, Baton Rouge Gallery, 440 Gallery, Lansing Art Gallery, and Wheaton College. Hector has been awarded the Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2D BFA Arts Bash Scholarship, James R. Hill Award, COFAC Dedication Scholarship, and the Hipstamatic Entrepreneurship Award. Hector currently resides in Lansing, MI with his fiancé and their guinea pig.

Lansing artist, Hector Acuna was recently featured on WKAR Radio's "All Things Considered".  Hector shares a more in-depth journey into creating his original artwork featured in this year's ArtPath exhibit. Listen to the full interview on WKAR's website.

Find On The Trail - Site 10

Under the Michigan Ave Bridge

This site is an original Lansing River Trail sign. It is at the center of our ArtPath trail and can be seen from the trail or from the spiral staircase leading down from Michigan Ave only blocks from the Capitol Building.

This location is made possible in part by generous contributions from:
Pat & Jennifer Gillespie

ArtPath is generously supported by our title sponsors The Rathbun Insurance and Auto-Owners Insurance. With additional support by:

Michigan Arts and Culture Council Logo
Michigan Economic Development Corporation & Patronicity