Vis Ed was created by local artist Zachary Trebellas out of his love for Grand Rapids and its identity as an art city. With it he aims to empower residents to more deeply understand and enjoy art by providing them with new skills to do so. Vis Ed will offer a school visit program for students and workshops for adults both focused on the art viewing experience, each launching September 2017.
Zachary Trebellas is an arts professional originally from Chicagoland. He studied Art History and Visual Art Management at Columbia College Chicago, graduating magna cum laude in 2010. His personal love of art deeply motivates him to bring opportunities to enjoy and create art to diverse audiences. Since graduating, he followed this passion by working and volunteering for non-profit art organizations in Chicago, namely Marwen and Sixty Inches From Center. Following this, he spent two years organizing community art projects in rural Japan during his time as an English teacher with the JET Program. Enthralled by Grand Rapids' momentum as an art city, he moved there from Chicago in 2015 ready to dive into its art community. Since then he has become a volunteer with Avenue for the Arts, UICA, and Art Hack and organized art exhibitions and projects with the Collective Artspace, Avenue for the Arts, UICA, Art Prize, and the Burton Heights neighborhood.