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December 2, 2019

Nelson Mullins and Jacksonville University: Partners in art

Jacksonville Daily Record

Art and the corporate world can only enrich each other when they partner up. Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough's effort to bring art made by local university students to some of its offices was featured in the Jacksonville Daily Record. In Jacksonville, the firm partners with the Linda Berry Stein College of Fine Arts at Jacksonville University (JU).

“We have a real variety of pieces from traditional to contemporary that really challenge the notion of traditional corporate art,” said Daniel Nunn, managing partner of the Jacksonville office. “It's an opportunity for us to see things we wouldn't have thought to buy and it creates a fun place to work,” he said. Nunn has been known to buy a few of the pieces for his personal collection, and other attorneys and clients follow suit.

According to Lily Kuonen, associate professor of art and foundations coordinator at JU, the lease allows the university to support six exhibitions by nationally known arts and designers each year on the school's Arlington campus. In addition to Jacksonville, firm offices in Huntington, West Virginia; Charlotte, North Carolina; Denver; and Atlanta have an arrangement with local universities to select and lease student artwork. At the end of the year, the selection process begins again, and the art rotates. 

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