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Art opens our minds, touches our hearts and nurtures our souls

Exhibition Celebrates Diversity Of Employe Talent, Vitality Of UAW-DaimlerChrysler Partnership.

Welcome to UAW-DaimlerChrysler's unique gallery of employee art, where union and management celebrate partnership through creative expression. The 2004-2005 Artists at Work Exhibition reflects both the diversity of DaimlerChrysler employees and their diverse talents on and off the job. As the founder and sponsor of Artists at Work, the UAW-DaimlerChrysler National Training Center invites you to join us in recognizing the high standard of excellence represented by the art in our fifth exhibition.

Since it began in 1999-2000, Artists at Work has grown in stature as well as in quality and size. The 2004-2005 exhibition is the largest to date. It has expanded from 72 pieces by 42 employees to 156 pieces in an intriguing mix of visual media by 63 employees. Their work, which is depicted on the following pages, ranges from digital photography and ceramics to painting, metal sculpture and the ancient art of wood turning.

A new panel of judges from the professional art community selected pieces for the show from more than 800 entries. From there, they chose first-, second- and third-place award winners and 13 employees who received honorable mention. For the first time, the exhibition features an Invited Artist category for top prize winners from the previous show. They were offered a place of honor in the 2004-2005 exhibition without participating in the Artists at Work competition. This change is designed to make selection of top winners as fair and representative of our most talented employee-artists as possible.

The diversity of participating union and non-bargaining unit employees from DaimlerChrysler facilities in the U.S. symbolizes the strength of the corporation's partnership with the UAW. The 2004-2005 exhibition encompasses 22 company locations from coast to coast. Forty-one of the artists are UAW members from 18 locals, while 22 are from management. Beginning in February 2005, their work will be exhibited at the National Training Center and on special occasions, such as the UAW-DaimlerChrysler Annual Meeting and Joint Conferences.

The NTC deeply appreciates the contributions of art professionals who assist in planning and implementing this program. Marilyn Finkel, an art history professor at Oakland Community College in Farmington Hills, Mich., serves as consultant. The judges for 2004-2005 were: Donna Batista, an African American gallery owner in Ferndale, Mich., who deals in contemporary art primarily by Michigan artists; Terry Lee Dill, an artist and art installer who teaches at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit; Gregory Michael, a private art dealer in Birmingham, Mich., who deals primarily in textiles and objects; and Joseph Sim, an artist and art installer who teaches humanities at Oakland Community College.

Photography of Art: R.H. Hensleigh • Thomas Favazza
Other Photography: Catherine Stoey, UAW Local 412 • Gunther Schabestiel, UAW Local 412 • Bob Erickson, UAW-Chrysler NTC