Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Meijer Gardens Scores National Mention

It was nice to see that the Patrick Dougherty exhibit at the Meijer Gardens is featured in the Wall Street Journal in tis January 30 edition. It's nice for three reasons.

One, it's just nice to see GR covered in the national media outside of presidential funerals.

Two, it's nice to see that the coverage was positive, unlike the aloof mentions of "midwestern values" by national media coverage of the Ford funeral. Or the downright snotty assertions of the New York Times coverage of the Perugino exhibit at the Grand Rapids Art Museum several years ago. Or the insistence of TIME magazine that the Davinci horse at the Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park is a four-foot replica of the real deal in Italy, when in fact ours is an original.

The third reason this is nice to see is that the Meijer Gardens public relations coordinator, Rick Jensen, is a 2005 graduate of the Advertising/Public Relations major at Grand Valley, where I teach. I didn't have Rick personally (with 500 majors now I can't teach them all), but it's nice to see a recent graduate having success.

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