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IU East professor to exhibit artwork on intersection of business, social justice

May 7, 2014

Ann Kim, assistant professor of fine arts at IU East, will exhibit her work in the School of Business and Economics' gallery space, “The Art Collaborative.” The exhibit is titled “Creating a Shared Future: the Interplay of Business and Social Justice.”

Ann Kim

Ann Kim | PHOTO COURTESY OF IU EAST

Kim's work anchors the exhibit with additional work by Walt Bistline, assistant professor of art at Earlham College, and two IU East students, Kaylyn Flora and Brittany Williams.

The work explores various applications of social justice including our relationship to the animal world, the natural environment, gender and race. Each piece is paired with a question to stimulate dialogue and exploration. 

The exhibit contains themes that are relevant to a variety of courses and will be up through the fall 2014 semester. An online version of the exhibit is in the planning phase and is anticipated to be available by September.

“The purpose of my work was not to be didactic about issues surrounding the complex relationship between man and nature, but to create a series of work that starts to ask those difficult questions that can often become self-contradictory,” Kim said.

"The Art Collaborative" gallery space located in the School of Business and Economics is a collaboration between the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and the School of Business and Economics. The purpose of the project is to provide opportunities to enrich understanding of business through art and aesthetic experiences.

Ann Kim Exhibit

An example of the artwork at Kim's exhibit | PHOTO COURTESY OF IU EAST

“In today’s business environment, there is a great need for innovation and creativity,” said David Frantz, dean of the School of Business and Economics.

“One of the ways that we believe we can contribute to that is by utilizing visual arts to help us look at issues and opportunities from different perspectives. There is a fairly well developed body of research about the linkage between the arts and economic development in communities. This is our attempt to bring different disciplines together to create new possibilities.”

The exhibit opens Friday, May 30, with light refreshments served from 6 to 6:45 p.m., followed by an “Artist Talk" by Kim from 6:45 to 7:30 p.m. The School of Business and Economics is located on the second floor of Hayes Hall.

Kim received her Master of Fine Arts degree in studio art from Mills College in Oakland, Calif. She previously taught at the Santa Rosa Junior College and was the Artist-in-Residence at Art Farm in Marquette, Neb.

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