Schulich’s art collection features prominent North American artists

An art collection displayed in the Rob and Cheryl McEwen Graduate Study & Research Building at the Schulich School of Business showcases artists who are prominently featured throughout North America.

Hank Willis Thomas, Visa, 2017, mixed media including sport jerseys
Hank Willis Thomas, Visa, 2017, mixed media including sport jerseys

“It’s very exciting to see that many of the artists in the Schulich art collection are enjoying critical and commercial success,” says Judy Schulich, art advisor and executive vice-president of the Schulich Foundation, who curated the collection. “Their artwork is deeply rooted in Schulich’s core brand and the emphasis the School places on innovation, diversity and social responsibility.”

RAJNI PERERASirens 2018, Acrylic paint on wood panel
Ranji Perera, Sirens, 2018, acrylic paint on wood panel
MERYL McMASTEREdge of a Moment 2017, Archival inkjet photograph
Meryl McMaster, Edge of a Moment2017, archival inkjet photograph

Hank Willis Thomas is a well-known American artist whose work addresses Black identity, history and popular culture. In early January 2023, his installation in honour of Martin Luther King and Coretta King in the Boston Commons was unveiled. The featured art piece in the McEwen Building was secured from an Exhibition in London, England. It is located on the main floor in the classroom hallway and can be seen from the Atrium.

Artist Rajni Perera was commissioned to make an artwork specifically for the Schulich School of Business inspired by the school’s core values. She currently has a solo exhibition at the McMichael Art Gallery in Kleinburg. Perera’s artwork can be found in the hallway near G340.

Another chosen artist, Meryl McMaster, a Canadian artist with both Indigenous and European roots, will be featured next at the McMichael. McMaster’s artwork is located in the third floor boardroom.

ZACHARI LOGANSandbar off Lake Ontario 2018, Chalk pastel on paper
Zachari Logan, Sandbar off Lake Ontario, 2018, chalk pastel on paper

Zachari Logan has a major solo exhibition that explores death, transition and rebirth through the lens of flowers. It is on view now at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts. Logan’s artwork is showcased in the second floor boardroom.

A catalogue on the entire Schulich Art Collection is now finished and will be released soon.

“I hope the Schulich community will continue to be inspired by this museum quality collection – a collection that challenges conventional perceptions and invites us to the see the world through different lenses,” said Schulich.