How long have you been in your job? Five-and-a-half months.
Describe the space you work in It's an intimate suite of offices
overlooking the traffic-clogged, construction heavy blare of East 23rd
Street. Also, there are piles of magazines, newspapers, folders, and
It really feels like the hub of activity that it is.
Do you socialize with your colleagues? Being social with colleagues is a
big part of the job as we have lots of events here and institutions are,
at heart, social bodies.
How often do you see the boss? About once a week.
Who is the smartest person you work with? Silas Rhodes, chairman of the
school. He has a dazzling aura and a very sharp mind; he's 80-plus years
old and his combination of experience, wit and intelligence, to say
nothing of his virtuosic way with an anecdote, give credence to his
Who is the craziest? Kristin Wolfe; her joie de vivre is contagious and
she has a benevolently goofy sense of humor.
How comfortable are your offices? This being academia, it's certainly
not plush, but the comfort comes from enjoying the work and having a
great rapport with everyone here.
How often are you still there when the cleaners come round? Never.
I think they come after 10 or 11 at night.
What is the best thing about working there? I have a tremendous amount
of autonomy, which reflects on the highly creative atmosphere of the
Also, the opportunities for self-expression and involvement in a wide
variety of activities are probably unheard of in the PR racket.
And the worst thing? The coffee is pretty disappointing.
What's been your biggest mistake while working there? A lapse in visual
And your luckiest break? Finding creative outlets that further promote
the school, enhance communication, and stimulate my mind.
What is the biggest thing to hit your office in the past year? The big
news here is that we're getting new furniture.
Sneak us a good piece of gossip from your office They don't tell me
anything - yet. I guess they've taken to heart the dictum: never tell a
flak anything if you don't want it spread around.
director of communications,
School of Visual Arts, NYC
Number of employees: 4
Address: School of Visual Arts, 209 East 23rd St., NY, NY 10010
Phone: (212) 592-2011
Senior manager: David Rhodes, president.