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Jonathan Spiers October 21, 2016 0

Local artist Noah Scalin's first art installation for the school is a portrait of Maggie Walker. (Jonathan Spiers)

Local artist Noah Scalin’s first art installation for the school is a portrait of Maggie Walker. (Jonathan Spiers)

The first artist-in-residence for the VCU School of Business continues to make an impression.

Local artist Noah Scalin’s first art installation for the school was unveiled earlier this week. What looks like a mishmash of discarded but colorful clothes on the floor of the school’s atrium is, when seen at the right angle, revealed to be a portrait of Richmond business pioneer Maggie Walker.

Scalin created the piece with several business school students, arranging the clothing that was donated by students, faculty and staff that likewise will be donated to Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia when the piece is dismantled today.

VCU senior associate dean Ken Kahn, who came up with the artist-in-residence program, said the art installation is the first of several signs to come in the school’s effort to encourage creativity in business.

“We want to do something different so students realize we are serious about business and creativity,” Kahn said in September. “I mean, how many business schools have an artist doing an installation in their school of business?”

Scalin will spend the rest of the schoolyear conducting creative-thinking seminars with students and faculty, guest-lecture courses and the 30-day “Creative Sprint” challenges he developed through his consulting firm, Another Limited Rebellion, which has worked with such clients as Altria, Capital One, GE and Gap. A second art installation is planned for the spring semester.

When seen at the right angle, a mishmash of discarded but colorful clothes are revealed to be a portrait of Richmond business pioneer Maggie Walker. (Jonathan Spiers)

When seen at the right angle, a mishmash of discarded but colorful clothes are revealed to be a portrait of Richmond business pioneer Maggie Walker. (Jonathan Spiers)

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