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

Chrysler employees unleash creativity and passion to excel in world of art and transform the workplace

Welcome to the creative culture of Chrysler Group LLC employees, where exploration, discovery and innovation flourish. We are proud to present our ninth gallery of employee art that reveals a workforce with multiple talents and a passion for achieving world-class performance.

The hallmark of the 2013-2014 Artists at Work Exhibition is the diversity of media among the 92 pieces selected by judges from the professional art community. The collection features the greatest variety of art forms since the program began in 1999, ranging from painting and sculpture to photography, wood turning and blown glass.

Artists at Work was established by the UAW and Chrysler Group to provide a unique creative outlet for employees and to reinforce the importance of innovation in the workforce.

Coordinated by the UAW-Chrysler National Training Center, the exhibition places a premium on the ideas and inspiration required to create fine art. Those same qualities have helped to make the World Class Manufacturing (WCM) Production System the primary catalyst for transforming Chrysler.

Artists at Work draws attention to the role of the creative process in the world of art and in the world of WCM, which exemplifies the art in manufacturing.

The artwork in the 2013-2014 exhibition was submitted by 50 employees. Thirty-four are UAW members from 13 locals and 16 are non-bargaining unit employees. They come from 15 Chrysler locations and the National Training Center and reflect a cross section of the workforce.

Judges chose first-, second- and third-place award winners and 11 honorable mention recipients. Their artwork will be exhibited at the UAW-Chrysler NTC in Detroit and the UAW-Chrysler World Class Manufacturing Academy in Warren, Mich., for the next year.

Marilyn Finkel, an art consultant and art history professor at Oakland Community College, is Artists at Work advisor and also served as a judge for the competition. The other judges were Dorothy Jett-Carter, a retired Chrysler employee and jewelry and textiles artist; her husband Rod Carter, a professional photographer, and Gail Piepenburg, Head of the Ceramics Department at Oakland Community College.

Since its inception, Artists at Work has showcased more than 1,100 pieces of art by 536 Chrysler Group employees.


November 21, 2013

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