Leo’s Leonardos

There are times when ad agency staffers produce more than just advertising. They produce art. Leo Burnett is showcasing some of its employees’ work at Art Core 1999.
The event, which is in its second year, gives Burnetters the chance to show a side of themselves that’s unrelated to the agency business. The program is the brainchild of Andy Brownelle, a project manager in the agency’s client services department.
“It spawned out of me wanting to show what I do on the side,” he said. “There’s a lot of [people] who do stuff outside of work to keep themselves sane.”
Last year’s event featured 160 pieces of art from more than 80 Burnetters, and this year’s is expected to be bigger, Brownelle said.
All of the works on display the week of May 17 will be up for sale, with proceeds benefitting either the artist or the Off the Street Club, a favored ad charity that provides recreational outlets for underprivileged children on Chicago’s West Side.
–Aaron Baar