Art@Work Exhibit Brings Together Art, Science, and Business

Posted: August 2, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Michelle Nery

More than 200 people gathered in late June to admire the digital imagery and art created by graduate and undergraduate students and faculty from the School of Information Technology and Engineering (IT&E) and the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA). Century Club member Squire, Sanders, and Dempsey L.L.P. hosted the inaugural exhibition called Art@Work at the opening of their new office. Art@Work is a partnership between the three groups that allows businesses to have artwork that matches their space and lighting scheme displayed in their offices for one year.

“We’re very excited about Art@Work,” says Kathryn McGeehan, president of the Century Club for 2001-02. “It’s truly a ‘win-win’ partnership activity–enabling the university to share its engineering and artistic expertise with members of the business community while providing wonderful exhibition pieces for the participating Century Club members. We look forward to replicating this in other members’ offices.”

Art@Work was born after Judy Costello Pearson, executive director of the Century Club, saw the joint IT&E and CVPA exhibit, Thought Pictures, curated by Art and Visual Technology professors Kirby Malone and Gail Scott White, on display in the Mason Hall Gallery. “It was her energy, enthusiasm, and hard work that led to the creation of the Art@Work program,” says Stephen Nash, associate dean of IT&E.

The unexpected pairing of the engineering and art divisions came about as Scott Martin, assistant dean for technology, research, and advancement in CVPA, was developing a concept for an exhibit that would cross the boundaries of art and science and saw several exhibits that Nash had organized on computer-based art. “The goal was to use powerful images to expose a general audience to our research,” says Nash. “None of the works from IT&E were intended as art, instead, they all were developed in the context of our broad research activities.”

Those interested in viewing the artwork currently on display at Squire, Sanders, and Dempsey L.L.P. or in hosting a similar exhibition as a member of the Century Club, can contact Pearson at judypearson@centuryclub.org or (703) 761-3141.

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