WORCESTER, Mass., Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- "The Work of Art in the World of
Work" will be the focus of the next Clark University Arts, Humanities and the
Manager Symposium on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Higgins University
Featured speakers at the symposium, which is free and open to the public,
include Bernhard Starkman, a London executive described as an "enlightened
modern Medici" for bringing modern art into the business world; Marjory
Jacobson, an art historian, consultant and author of "Art for Work," an
international study of art and artistry in business settings; and Kristin
Jones and Andrew Ginzel, the New York artistic team acclaimed for large-scale
public works, including the "art wall" in Manhattan's Union Square.
"Business leaders, through the aesthetic decisions they make, are
important shapers of culture," says Edward Ottensmeyer, associate professor at
the Clark University Graduate School of Management. "Not only are businesses
and business leaders looked to by the art world for their patronage, but they
have also become increasingly active participants in defining contemporary
culture. Most of us spend a great deal of time in our places of work. These
places -- with their architecture, their use of design and their displayed art
work -- are places where our views of art and culture are shaped."
Ottensmeyer, whose research looks at the new area of the link between the
arts, humanities and business, adds, "In addition, many businesses display art
work that challenges people in the work place to consider artistic creativity
and to incorporate its lessons into their work and private lives."
The symposium is an ongoing forum for artists, business leaders and
scholars from such fields as art history, linguistics, literature, management
and philosophy to explore the relationships and tensions between the worlds of
business and management and the worlds of the arts and humanities. It began
after a 1995 symposium sponsored by Clark University in Europe that brought
together scholars, business leaders, designers and architects to explore the
role of art and artistry in the contemporary business organization.
The symposium is sponsored by the Clark University Higgins School of
Humanities, the College of Professional and Continuing Education and the
Graduate School of Management.
For more information, call the Clark University Graduate School of
Management at 508-793-7543.
SOURCE Clark University