Clark University Symposium Explores Relationship of Art and Work

    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

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