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April 2014

Jindal School to Host an Evening of Art


Paul Nichols BA’95, MBA’98 captured this photo of the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Australia by balancing his camera on a rocky wall.

Businessman Paul Nichols BA’95, MBA’98 has been taking photos for more than 25 years. His photo Sunset at Downtown Sydney Harbour was recently featured in the Naveen Jindal School of Management’s first business photo competition. The contest encouraged participants to capture the artistic side of business. The winning photos include images ranging from a close-up of a colony of ants to a shot featuring traditional and modern skyscrapers sharing the same skyline view.

Nichols’ photo, along with other selected photos from the competition, will be on display at Artistic Impressions of Management from 7 to 10 p.m. April 26 at the Jindal School. The event will celebrate the relationship between art and business with art exhibits, live music and food and beverages.

Nichols, vice president for marketing at Cirasys Inc., said he enjoys photography because he can “take a difficult or unusual picture that shows the world around us in an entirely new way.”

Photography allows Nichols to be creative; a quality he believes is often overlooked in the business world.

“Art is human expression and introspection; it’s trying to understand ourselves, each other and what we want out of life. The most successful businesses also try to understand themselves, what customers want, and their purpose. And a business that isn’t creative, or doesn’t know how to be, doesn't last very long.”

All proceeds from the April 26 event will benefit the Jindal School’s Art Fund, which will be used to commission a glass sculpture by artist Jim Bowman, as well as additional contemporary pieces for the school’s new building expansion.

To purchase tickets, visit jindal.utdallas.edu/jsomart.

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