Follow the Leaders
Noah Scalin is an artist, author, and activist. His fine art has been exhibited in museums and galleries internationally, including the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Virginia Museum of History and Culture, and Krause Gallery in New York City, to name a few. His firm, Another Limited Rebellion, provides executive education and professional development training for GE, Capital One, Mozilla, Altria and others.
Inspired by his work and art, we asked him to develop something for Retreat 2019. The resulting artwork is vibrant and truly amazing. He created a time-lapse video for us, but we wanted to know more. See our Q&A session with him below.
A: The design came out of a conversation about what would best represent the organization visually. It made sense that we focus in on the CEO Roundtables and also on the interconnectedness of the diverse membership through events like this annual Retreat. In addition, we wanted to make sure we showed the vibrant creativity of the VACEOs community.
A: The work is created from hundreds of commercially produced stickers, the kind that is often given to children to celebrate their success in school or other activities. Creating imagery from these diverse elements is a technique I’ve developed over the last several years after getting inspiration from seeing my own daughter play with stickers when she was 2 years old. I loved how she ignored the images and instead created these beautiful collages out of the random combination of elements. This piece took around ten hours to produce.
A: The finished piece will become part of my larger body of work that I’m making with stickers – including other abstract pieces, images of birds, portraits of people, and historic events. Hopefully it’ll eventually be on display in a museum or gallery sometime soon!
Noah will present his workshop “The Art of Innovation” at the VACEOs Retreat 2019 — an annual event for VACEOs Members and Sponsors. Not a member? You should be! The VACEOs Annual Retreat is included with membership. It’s our signature event where national thought leaders share their knowledge and Members enjoy a variety of opportunities to learn, grow, and connect with attendees. (Watch video.)
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