About the Collection

Schwartz Art Collection

Gerald Schwartz believes the presence of provocative art promotes creative thinking, remembering that “artistic presence was the only thing missing at HBS when I went there. I wanted to change that.” In 1995, Gerry Schwartz, and a team from Harvard Business School together began purchasing contemporary art for the HBS buildings more frequented by students. Inspired by the growing collection, a small group of MBA students founded the HBS Art Appreciation Society in 2001. It quickly grew into one of the largest clubs on campus, sponsoring events in Boston area galleries and museums, as well as an annual weekend in Manhattan to meet artists, tour exhibitions, and attend theater. The club’s co-presidents accompany Mr. Schwartz on his annual buying trip to purchase additional art for the School’s collection.

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    Gerald Schwartz (MBA 1970)

    Gerald Schwartz, MBA 1970, is the Founder and CEO of Onex Corporation. He has been appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada and inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame. Gerry Schwartz is a Chairman, Director or Governor of a number of civic, philanthropic and business organizations. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Bachelors of Laws degree from the University of Manitoba, a Master’s in Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School, and five Doctor of Laws (Hon.) degrees. He lives in Toronto with his wife, Heather Reisman, founder and CEO of Indigo Books and has four children and eleven grandchildren.