Published: Feb. 21, 2013

‘Art@Work’ tells stories of Peckham clients

Contact(s): Tom Oswald Media Communications office: (517) 432-0920 cell: (517) 281-7129, Katie Wittenauer RCAH office: (517) 884-6290

EAST LANSING, Mich. — A collaborative effort involving two Michigan State University colleges and Lansing’s Peckham Inc. has resulted in “Art@Work,” a public art display that, when finished, will fill an entire wall at Peckham’s 188,000-square-foot facility in Lansing.

Art@Work is a partnership between the MSU Residential College in the Arts and Humanities, MSU’s College of Engineering and Peckham Inc., a nonprofit, vocational rehabilitation organization that provides-job training opportunities for persons with disabilities.

The first installation of art, which includes more than 100 individual pieces created by client artists and MSU students, resulted in a display measuring 60 feet by 25 feet. Once completed, the project will include enough art to cover a 200-foot by 40-foot wall.

“The Art@Work project brings together students, client artists and the whole Peckham community to develop visual arts, and place it on a dynamic art wall that helps the folks at Peckham tell the stories of who they are,” said Vincent Delgado, RCAH academic specialist for civic engagement.

The art was created by client artists working with Sue McGuire, art program developer at Peckham, and students in RCAH’s civic engagement courses working collaboratively at Peckham with Guillermo Delgado, community artist and academic specialist for civic engagement.

Students in the MSU College of Engineering developed ideas for the design framework and partnered with RCAH students to prototype and implement viewing technology for the project.

“The sheer size of this installation beautifully highlights the personal stories and unique work of each artist,” said Mitch Tomlinson, Peckham president and CEO. “We are excited to see the culmination of Art@Work and to share this incredibly unique representation of diversity with the community.”

A video that provides additional information on the project is available at


Students from MSU’s Residential College in the Arts and Humanities took part in a special “sneak preview” of the Art@Work project. Located at Lansing’s Peckham Inc., the 20-foot by 400-foot wall of art is a partnership between Peckham, RCAH and the MSU College of Engineering. The project will be officially unveiled Saturday, Feb. 23. Photo by Matt Hallowell.

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