Barnett Speaker Series panel discussion featuring Blake Byrne, Collector, Open This End; Ron Pizzuti, Collector, The Pizzuti Collection; Dr. Garry Jenkins, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law. Moderated by Wayne Lawson Ph.D./Director Emeritus, Ohio Arts Council; Barnett Professor of Art Administration, Education and Policy/The Ohio State University.
Thursday, September 24, 2015, 4:30-6:00PM
The Barnett Center for Integrated Arts & Enterprise and The Arts Initiative presents a panel discussion with the exhibition, Open This End: Contemporary Art from the Collection of Blake Byrne that features a collection of work from renowned artists spanning the past 50 years, including works by Andy Warhol, Gerhard Richter, Mike Kelley, David Hammons, Tony Smith, and many others. The panel addresses the role of philanthropy in the arts, and art in a community. As a collector, Byrne believes that one does not own art; one simply rents it for the time they are alive, before it moves on to someone else.
About the Panelists
Blake Byrne was listed as a top 200 art collector by Art News in 2005, and has a contemporary art collection that includes some of the most renowned artists of the last fifty years. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University and an MBA from Columbia University. He spent 35 years in television broadcasting beginning at CBS in New York, with interim stops along the way at Chris Craft Broadcasting in Portland, Oregon; Outlet Broadcasting in Providence, Rhode Island; LIN Broadcasting in Ft. Worth-Dallas and New York; and Disney in Los Angeles, before becoming Co-Founder and President of Argyle Television in Los Angeles and San Antonio, Texas. He retired from broadcasting in 1997. In 1995, he founded The Skylark Foundation, a philanthropic family foundation that is committed to encouraging innovation, striving for social justice and supporting diversity. He has been a trustee of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) since 1999 and in 2011 was made a lifetime trustee. He served as the Co-Chair of Development for The Nasher Museum at Duke University from 2002-2005, which helped raise the funds to build the museum. He also served as Chairman of the Board of Advisors from 2005 to 2013. The year 2015 marks his 80th birthday and is celebrated by the traveling exhibition Open This End featuring a selection of works from his collection. Open This End comes to The Ohio State University in honor of his parents, who both attended the university.
Ron Pizzuti Ron founded The Pizzuti Companies in 1976 in Columbus, Ohio. As CEO, he oversees all aspects of the companies’ operations in Columbus, Chicago and Orlando. Ron’s planning, guidance and vision have provided the foundation for linking the disciplines of commercial real estate development within The Pizzuti Companies. He has built an organization of highly motivated and exceptionally qualified professionals. Assembling the right team has been the key to every project’s success, from new project development to the renovation, leasing and management of existing properties. Under Ron’s guidance, Pizzuti Solutions LLC was founded in 2005. The Pizzuti Solutions team specializes in public-private partnerships, and provides economic development, planning, feasibility and owner’s representative services to public agencies, municipalities, counties and sports franchises. Ron has instilled his organizational philosophy of team excellence throughout every level of the organization. His vision and business acumen have established Pizzuti as one of the fastest-growing and most sought-after real estate firms in the country. Ron is a past chairman of the Ohio Cultural Facilities Commission and a current trustee of the Wexner Center Foundation. He is a past chair of the boards of the Columbus Museum of Art and the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and is now a trustee for life of both organizations. Ron is a past trustee of the Columbus College of Art and Design and Site Santa Fe, and serves on the Drawing Committee of the Whitney Museum of American Art. He is also the past chair of the board at Kent State University. Ron and his wife Ann founded the Pizzuti Collection, that hosts temporary exhibitions of contemporary art from their collection. The Pizzuti Collection aims to foster cultural understanding and educational exchange by championing a diversity of voices from around the globe whose work transcends, elevates the mind and expresses freedoms.
Dr. Garry Jenkins is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and the John C. Elam/Vorys Sater Professor of Law at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law where he specializes in law and philanthropy, among other subjects. He is the co-director of the Program on Law and Leadership, an education and development initiative to advance the theory and practice of leadership among lawyers. In the past he served as the CO’O of the Goldman Sachs Foundation, and received the American Bar Associations’ Outstanding Young Nonprofit Lawyer Award in 2008.
Wayne P. Lawson has been a pivotal figure in arts leadership across the state of Ohio and nationally for over 35 years. Lawson served as the Chairman of Comparative Literature at Ohio State prior to becoming the fourth Executive Director of the Ohio Arts Council. Following his retirement in 2006, he has continued his fervent support of the arts by serving as a professor of public policy and arts administration at The Ohio State University. He serves on many cultural boards in Columbus, Minneapolis, Provincetown, M.A., Providence, R.I., and Washington D.C. He has received many awards and distinctions including one from the Association of American Cultures for leadership and commitment to the development of cultural diversity in the arts. In 2009, he as recognized by the Chilean National Council for Culture and the Arts for his professional commitment to cultural collaboration between Ohio and Chile. He was the first American to receive this prestigious medal of arts award. In 2012 he worked with the American Embassy in Chile to produce the United States Exhibition at the Bellas Artes Museum in Chile in celebration of that country’s bicentennial. Lawson continues to teach and work in Chile and has traveled there over 50 times. He considers Chile his second home.