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

Employee Art Work Celebrates Innovation From The Shop Floor To Executive Offices.

Creativity abounds in the workplace at UAW-Chrysler, revealing a diverse,multi-talented group of employees whose energy and innovation drive our shared success as a union and corporation. Their creativity is highlighted in the 2007-2008 Artists at Work Exhibition through its demonstration of artistic achievement unique in U.S. industry.

This new gallery of work by UAW-represented and non-bargaining unit employees is the seventh and largest juried art exhibition sponsored by the UAW-Chrysler National Training Center. It is the only employee art program of its kind in the country jointly sponsored by a major corporation and a labor union.

The 2007-2008 Artists at Work program attracted a record 1,869 entries. A new panel of judges from the professional art community selected 166 pieces that represent the greatest variety of artistic media since the exhibition began in 1999.

The new show celebrates the work of 80 artists, 34 from the UAW and 46 from management or non-represented jobs at 29 Chrysler locations in the U.S. They reflect a cross section of the workforce, from assemblers and skilled trades to engineers and manufacturing managers.

Judges chose first-, second- and third-place award winners and 15 honorable mention recipients for 2007-2008.

This year's exhibition also includes an Invited Artists category for top winners from the previous show who were not eligible for a prize in the latest judging but continue to excel.

Marilyn Finkel, a consultant and art history professor at Oakland Community College in Farmington Hills, Mich., serves as advisor for Artists at Work. design firms, and Lisa Konikow, coordinator of the fine arts show at the annual Arts, Beats and Eats festival in Pontiac, Mich.


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