The search for talent in a tight labor market can turn up some unexpected things, as Schwartz Communications recently learned.
The search for talent in a tight labor market can turn up some
unexpected things, as Schwartz Communications recently learned.
The agency’s Waltham, MA office recently unveiled an art gallery to
showcase the artistic talents of its employees. Schwartz converted its
30-by-20-foot employee lounge into a mini-gallery, complete with white
walls, track lighting and fishline to hang the artwork. The
self-appointed curator, VP Helen Shik, announced an open call for
submissions, selecting a total of 14 paintings, collages, illustrations,
photographs and ceramics. Every staff level, from account coordinator to
SVP, is represented.
’Some of the employees who are exhibiting are trained artists who have
shown at other galleries, and some are doing this as a hobby,’ Shik
’I wanted to give them as much exposure as possible.’
Works on display include underwater photographs of sea life, oil
portraits and even a digitized photo entitled ’Pundits at Comdex.’ One
of Schwartz’s clients was so impressed by a photographic collage of a
house overlaid with snapshots of ivy that he offered to buy it on the
Does this mean Schwartz’s PR talent pool will dry up as their employees
move to art full-time? ’We don’t fear that,’ Shik says. ’We just want to
show other people in the firm the incredible talent we have in-house.’