2008 Lawrence and Isabel Barnett Symposium


Beverly Bethge

Partner and Chief Creative Officer of Ologie

Presentation Title: Why an artist 1 day out of school is more valuable than a resume with “10+ years of experience.”

Presentation Description: Beverly Bethge will talk about the early days of her business, Ologie and what it takes to create an environment where great creative work can happen. And more importantly, how the fresh and young perspective of recent graduates are valued and leveraged in a creatively driven company.

Biography: Beverly Bethge founded Ologie in 1987 and has grown the company into an award-winning branding firm that has served national and regional clients including Nationwide Insurance, Limited Brands, Limited Too, Monsanto, Cleveland Clinic, Lowe’s, Big Lots, Exel, DHL and Legg Mason. Ologie has over 60 talented associates.

As Chief Creative Officer, Beverly oversees the creative services for the firm. The firm’s work has been recognized with over 400 awards from numerous associations and national publications including The One Show, D&AD, Print, How, Communication Arts, The Advertising Federation, Radio Mercury and Art Directors Club.

Over the past twenty years, Beverly has dedicated her time and talent to organizations such as The Jazz Arts Group, Ballet Met, Columbus Museum of Art, The Columbus Symphony and many others. She has served on the Creative Columbus Policy Steering Committee, as well as the 2012 Commission for the City of Columbus. Beverly also serves on the boards of Columbus College of Art and Design, The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio and The Wellington School.

Associate Professor David Bruenger

Director of Music, Media, and Enterprise Program
The Ohio State University School of Music

Presentation Title: Roll Over Beethoven: Music, Media, and Cultural Enterprise in the 21st Century

Presentation Description: Music and the skills needed to provide musical experiences are essential to the human condition, integral to every social and economic structure in history. The introduction of sound recording and broadcast media, however, created historic shifts in the creation, distribution, and reception of music that reverberated throughout the 20th century. Revolutionary changes in how, where, and when people make and listen to music both extended and disrupted long-standing musical institutions and practices, progressively and fundamentally redefining “musical experience.” For the musicians and musical institutions of the 21st century, surviving this crisis means not only protecting heritage culture, but also embracing the unprecedented platforms and opportunities for cultural, social, and economic enterprise in music today.

Biography: Dr. David Bruenger recently accepted a position at the Ohio State University beginning in September of 2007. While a member of the UTSA music faculty (2000-2007), he taught courses in popular music and culture for students in all major areas of study. He also taught music industry courses and was coordinator of the Music Marketing program. (For information about the music marketing program at UTSA, follow the link above.)

As a professional musician, Bruenger has performed for nationally known artists and Broadway touring productions in San Antonio and St. Louis. His resume also includes professional performance in a variety of commercial settings as an electric bassist, as well as commercial and classical music contracting. He was also the executive director of performing arts concert series that presented classical and contemporary chamber music, chamber opera, dance, and world music.

Bruenger's research examines music, media, and culture in the context of computer-mediated communications networks, including viral phenomena and social media. Co-authored papers and presentations on this topic:

  • "The Rise and Fall of YouTube: How Social Media Frame Digital Democracy and Digital Capitalism" - with Donna R. Miller, China Association for Intercultural Communication& International Association for Intercultural Communication Studies2007 Conference, Harbin, China (June 2007)
  • "Live From New York, It's Viral Culture! Mechanisms, Agents, and Processes of a Postmodern Pandemic" - with Donna R. Miller, 57th Conference of the International Communication Association (May 2007
  • "Decivilization: The Compressive Effects of Technology on Culture and Communication" - with Donna R. Miller, Top Paper, Popular Communications Division, Southern States Communication Association 2007 Convention (March 2007). Published: China Media Research, April, 2007
  • "Computer-Mediated Viral Communication: Creating a Culture of Political Consentat the Second Communications Conference of the Americas - with Donna R. Miller, NCA/FELAFACS (November 2006)
  • "Virality: A Postmodern Cultural Pandemic with Donna R. Miller, Global Fusion Conference (September 2006)
  • "Beyond Cultural Globalization: A Postmodern Interpretation of Decivilization" with Donna R. Miller, 12th International Conference of the International Association for Intercultural Communication Studies (August 2006)

Papers and presentations concerning the economics and social functions of music, intellectual property, and arts policy:

  • "Valuing Popular Music" for the College Music Society National Conference (September 2006)
  • "Music, Mission, and the Public Purpose" for the College Music Society South Central Conference (March 2006)
  • "Here We Are Now, Entertain Us: Students, Audiences, & 'Edutainment' in the Popular Music Class" - College Music Society National Conference (November 2005)
  • "The Atmospheric Symphony Experience: Experiential Marketing for Classical Music Institutions" Social Theory, Politics and the Arts Conference (October 2005)
  • "Economics, Elitism, and Rock & Roll in the University Music Curriculum MayDay Group Colloquium (July 2005)
  • "Vocation & Avocation: Living a Musical Life" - Texas Music Educators Association Convention (February 2005)

Tom Hawk

Director of Hawk Galleries

Presentation Title: International MFA Glass Juried Competition.

Presentation Description: He will speak about Hawk Galleries’ interest in the Columbus art community hosting an "International MFA Glass Juried Competition."  The aim of the project is to expand the dialogue about glass art in order to offer new visions in glass art the opportunity to be seen, as well as new voices the opportunity to be heard.  He will also speak about encouraging the collaboration of the "not-for-profit" and "for profit" parts of the art community working together on such projects.

Biography: Tom grew up in Columbus, and followed his physician-father’s footsteps through his undergraduate studies and into medical school. It was then that he determined that he wanted to go in a different career direction, and went to business school.

Tom and Sherrie Hawk opened their first gallery in the Short North in 1986. After operating in the Short North for 16 years, the family business, Riley Hawk Galleries, went through a not atypical, family business transformation. The Hawks liberated themselves and opened Hawk Galleries downtown at 4th and Main in June, 2002. It was simply the best location to showcase the museum-caliber works of Dale Chihuly, Lino Tagliapietra, Christopher Ries and Jon Kuhn, and Albert Paley, to name a few.

The Hawks parted ways, and Sherrie returned to the Short North, and opened Sherrie Gallerie, while Tom moved forward with Hawk Galleries in the new downtown location. Over the years, Tom has worked diligently to build partnerships with The Ohio State University, The Columbus Museum of Art, The Akron Museum of Art, The Dayton Art Institute, The Huntington Museum of Art, The Indianapolis Museum of Art, The Springfield Museum of Art, The Toledo Museum of Art, The Boca Raton Museum of Art, and most recently, The Franklin Park Conservatory.

Education continues to be a primary focus at Hawk Galleries. Learning directly from the artist at gallery openings allows patrons to better understand the meaning behind the work and the processes involved in creating pieces. Additionally, the gallery hosts tours of artist’s studios, helping to give a different perspective to enjoying works of art.

Columbus Monthly readers named Hawk Galleries as "the best art gallery in Columbus in 2004." The gallery is now hosting various private functions from sit-down holiday dinner parties for 90, to fundraisers, birthday parties and weddings. It has been an innovative approach to introduce the gallery to new potential patrons.

Kristina Isabelle

Director, Kristina Isabelle Dance Company, Co-Director, HighJinks Productions

Presentation Title: Dance Making: An Art form and a Business

Presentation Description: How does one make a living as a dance artist in Columbus and what skills are required to fully live one’s life in their chosen art form.   The dream to dance and perform occasionally gets sidetracked with reality that it costs a lot of money to produce art and to sustain a company of performers.  It is a business and how does one market their unique skills to survive in our current economy.

Biography: Kristina Isabelle is the director of Kristina Isabelle Dance Company and co-director of HighJinks Productions along with Eoin O’Brien. Isabelle earned her BFA in dance from The Juilliard School and an MFA from The Ohio State University. She has performed with Stephen Petronio and is currently working with Bebe Miller. She has served as a guest artist for numerous universities and studios. She also runs the Movement Gallery a studio space dedicated to the study of contemporary dance and circus arts.

Susanne Jaffe

Executive Director of Thurber House

Presentation Title: Passion, Process and Profitability

Presentation Description: One definition of economy is the management of the resources of a community with a view to its productivity. I will discuss the need and the ways to contribute in a fiscally sound way without compromising or diminishing the passion, showing that the result is the enhancement of both the creativity and the economy.

Biography: Susanne Jaffe is the Executive Director of Thurber House, a non-profit literary center based in the boyhood home of author, humorist and cartoonist James Thurber. Prior to coming to Columbus, she spent 25 years in publishing in New York City, holding positions as vice-president, editor-in-chief of a division of Random House, Inc.; vice-president, senior editor of Simon & Schuster, Inc.; editor-in-chief of Avon Books. She is the author of several works of both fiction and non-fiction, and has taught creative writing at writers' conferences in California and New York.

Ruby Lerner

Chief Executive Officer/President of Creative Capital Officer

Presentation Title: Intelligent Design

Presentation Description: Intelligent Design will examine how an integrated organizational structure can deliver maximum benefits to artists.

Biography: Ruby Lerner is the founding Executive Director and President of the Creative Capital Foundation, an innovative arts foundation modeled on venture capital concepts. Creative Capital was established in 1999 to provide support to individual artists in all disciplines and has funded 242 artists’ projects to date. Prior to Creative Capital, Ms. Lerner served as the Executive Director of the Association of Independent Film and Videomakers (AIVF) and as Publisher of the highly regarded Independent Film and Video Monthly. She has worked regionally in both the performing arts and independent media fields. She served as the Executive Director of Alternate ROOTS, a coalition of Southeastern performing artists, and IMAGE Film/Video Center, both based in Atlanta. In the late 1970's, she was the Audience Development Director at the Manhattan Theatre Club, one of New York's foremost nonprofit theatres.

A native of North Carolina, Ms. Lerner worked in the state's visiting artist program following graduate work in theatre at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Her undergraduate degree is in comparative religion from Goucher College where she currently serves on the Committee of Visitors. During nearly 30 years in the arts, she has written and lectured extensively on arts issues, served on many boards, steering committees and grantmaking panels, and has consulted with hundreds of arts organizations on audience development and related areas of arts management. She is currently on the advisory committee for City at Peace and the annual Documentary Festival at the Museum of Radio and Television, on the steering committee for WNET's REEL New York, and was recently elected to the board of the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art in Ridgefield, Connecticut.

Ms. Lerner was the keynote speaker at the annual Arttable luncheon in April 2001, and in 2003 she received a Special Citation from Artists Space for her support of individual artists and the Artist Advocate award from the Alliance of New York State Arts Organizations.

Mike Reed

Founder of Couchfire Collective

Presentation Title:  Couchfire: Collective Creativity, Radical Yield

Presentation Description: An expository look at Couchfire Collective- as an art collective, as a not-just-for-profit partnership/business, and as a medium for civic contribution and social change in Columbus. I will describe the formation and development of our group, the evolution of our workspace (including the temporal, but significant victory/partnership with NRI demonstrating that artists can co-exist with a billion dollar company), our structure and operations (and why), and the group's strategic and tactical goals (in addition to making art).

Biography: Michael Reed lives and works in Columbus, Ohio. His educational background is in computer science, fine art, and- most recently- city planning. Michael is an active member of the Columbus Arts community having shown work in a variety of venues ranging from galleries to coffee shops to warehouses supporting his belief that art is for everyone, art should be everywhere. His paintings are large scale, abstract and expressive. He is also a founding member of the Couchfire Collective, a group of local artists who organize the community art show Agora. Michael manages Junctionview Studios, a warehouse-turned-work-space synonymous with local art. Junctionview Studios is comprised of artist studios and performance space and is located in Grandview, Ohio.

Jeffrey L. Scheiman

Founder, Chairman & CEO, SOS Video Communications

Presentation Title: Blending art and science in the development of video communications

Presentation Description: The nature and role of the content creator is changing, and the roles of writer, producer, director, editor, motion designer, creative director, art director are all getting jumbled into a new stew. Over my 25+ years in the business, I have seen it all...the pace of change is accelerating, and the "craftsman" of today and what the future offers are unique opportunities for artists on many levels.

Biography: In 1981, Jeff founded SOS Video Communications, after realizing the need for a modern, state of the art, teleproduction facility in Columbus, Ohio. Under Jeff’s leadership SOS has evolved into a full service video communications and content development company that is recognized as one of the top resources in the Midwest. Jeff and SOS have completed projects for a variety of clients including Donatos Pizza, Banc One Corporation, Cardinal Health, LimitedBrands, The Longaberger Company, Nationwide Insurance, The Ohio Reads Foundation, CAS, BIGresearch, Abbott Nutrition, American Signature Inc, Retail Ventures Inc., DSW Inc., Aldi and Victoria’s Secret Stores.

Jeff consults with SOS’s clients on the development, creation and delivery of video content for both internal and external communication programs. SOS’s content impacts everything from marketing and advertising to training, safety, orientation, compliance and “CEO” communications.

Jeff’s professional accomplishments have been recognized on many occasions including Business First’s “40 under 40”. Jeff was a finalist for the Small Business Person Of The Year in 1988. SOS has been recognized as one of Columbus’ “Fast Fifty” companies. A graduate of Boston University’s School of Public Communication with a Master of Science in Broadcasting and Film, Jeff has worked in the production services industry his entire adult life. Before establishing SOS, Jeff worked in broadcasting at WNAC-TV
Boston, The Nebraska Television Network and at Taft Broadcasting’s Columbus, OH affiliate WTVN-TV (now WSYX).

An active participant in the Central Ohio Community, Jeff has provided his time, resources and expertise for organizations including Columbus State Community College, The Columbus College of Art & Design, The Greater Columbus Arts Council and the Columbus Chapter of YPO (Young President’s Organization) and WPO (World President’s Organization.

Jeff has also volunteered for countless local organizations including The Columbus AIDS Task Force, Temple Israel, The Columbus Jewish Federation and State of Israel Bonds to name a few.

As one of the founding members of the International Teleproduction Society, at one time the industry’s leading trade organization and voice in Washington, Jeff served as an “atlarge” member of its International Board of Directors.

Thomas B. Schorgl

President and CEO Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC)

Presentation Title: From Rust Belt to Artist Belt

Presentation Description: The Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC) has conducted analysis, tested models and developed three programs aimed at making Cleveland and Cuyahoga County an artist-friendly place to live and work. A summary of why and how CPAC designed and implemented its Artist as Entrepreneur Institute, COSE Arts Network and Creative Compass will be presented.

Biography: Thomas B. Schorgl has been President and CEO of the Community Partnership for Arts & Culture (CPAC) since its inception in 1997. As CPAC’s President, Schorgl manages its efforts to strengthen and advance the region and the arts and cultural sector through unique public and private partnerships.

Schorgl was President of Culture Works from January 1994 to June 1997. There he managed the formation of the Culture Works organization through the merger of two arts and cultural institutions: a united arts funding organization and a local arts agency.

Schorgl led the Indiana Arts Commission’s (IAC) as Executive Director and served in this capacity for a decade beginning in August 1983. He guided the development of the commission’s mission, goals, strategies and programs. The National Endowment for the Arts recognized the IAC for its innovative support and arts development in rural and minority communities during his tenure. Schorgl began his professional arts administration career as curator and then executive director of South Bend Regional Art Museum.

Schorgl has served in various Midwestern and national cultural leadership capacities, including Arts Midwest, National Assembly for State Arts Agencies, and many NEA grant adjudication panels. Schorgl has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and Master of Arts degree from the University of Iowa and a Masters of Fine Arts from Miami University in Ohio.
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The 2008 Barnett Symposium is generously supported by Lawrence and the late Isabel Barnett.
Presented in partnership with the Greater Columbus Arts Council, Ohio Arts Council and Hawk Galleries.