Even though the fall semester hasn’t yet begun, the folks at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs are keeping busy! The new F. William Harder Chair of Business Administration will take over the position in August, and The Tang Teaching Museum has plans to use newly granted funds for a Chicago-inspired exhibit that will open next year.
Harder Chair Appointment
Entrepreneur and creative industry veteran Guy Mastrion has been named the 9th F. William Harder Chair of Business Administration at Skidmore College. With more than 30 years of experience in brand development, digital strategy, advertising, and more, Mastrion’s expertise will be put to good use as part of Skidmore College’s business program.
After earning a BFA with a specialization in Communications Design and Photography at Parsons School of Design in New York City, Mastrion went on to work in a multitude of fields, ranging from broadcast, print and digital advertising, to documentary film. He and his teams have earned hundreds of prestigious awards from organizations including CLIO, Cannes, Graphis, NY Festivals, London International Awards, and The Global Awards. Mastrion was also a co-founder and Chief Global Creative Officer of Palio-Ignite, which is now the largest global healthcare marketing and communications holding company in the world.
Most recently, Mastrion founded and is serving the Chief Creative Officer of Brandforming, a multidisciplinary creative organization that focuses on design, campaign, and digital work dedicated to the creation and transformation of brands. Once he takes over as Harder Chair, replacing Cathy Hill, he will teach a variety of courses and help further develop the business program at Skidmore.
Tang Awarded Grants For Fall Exhibit
The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College is known for its unique collections of contemporary art, and in the fall of 2018 the Tang will not disappoint in bringing an all new artistic style to upstate New York. Thanks to two major grants totaling $160,000 from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Terra Foundation for American Art, the community will get the chance to view The Imagist Object: New Dimensions in Chicago Art, 1964-1980.
Did you say fall 2018? Yes, but the exhibit will be well worth the wait! The Imagist Object will explore the sculptural work and paintings of Chicago Imagism, a style of pop art invented in the second half of the 20th century. From September through December of next year, you will have the opportunity to be transported into the past, and over 800 miles to the west, as the Tang embraces the breadth of Chicago’s innovations in art and design.
While you are waiting in anticipation for the opening of The Imagist Object, there is still plenty to see at the Tang! Stop by the museum to delve into art celebrating jazz music, examine the collections of Claude Simard, or relax in Liz Collins’ Energy Field interactive installation.