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Matt Dreier

The MBA Artist

by Matt Dreier Tuesday, October 1, 2013

“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” – Pablo Picasso

Often we find ourselves bogged down with the daily chores and errands of our lives—the trips to the dentist, the oil changes, and the all-day meeting. Just as we feel the dust of daily life weighing us down, art opens us up again. Whether it is hearing a favorite song on the radio, getting home just in time to catch a favorite show, or gathering friends to head down to the local theater production, there is no doubt that embracing the art in our lives makes everything a bit brighter.

Hello there! My name is Matt Dreier and I am beyond excited to be the Bolz Center student blogger for this year. I will be updating this blog every couple of weeks with my experiences as I travel through the MBA program as an Arts Administration student. I look forward to everything that this year will bring, and I can’t wait to share it with you. 

Before arriving here at the Wisconsin School of Business, I spent the last four years living around the Midwest, most recently in Chicago. While down in the Windy City, I worked for Groupon as a merchant escalations specialist, dealing with negotiations and conflict resolution. I also spent almost three years as the company manager with UrbanTheater Company, a talented non-equity theater based in Humboldt Park. I’ve also co-founded four performing arts organizations, including a Wisconsin-based film production company, Whiskey Neat Productions.

I know what you’re thinking: with all that stuff going on, why an MBA? Why now? 

It’s a great question, and one I put a lot of thought into as I was applying to the program. First, the MBA in Arts Administration at Wisconsin is an amazing program, boasts an incredible alumni network, and has great legacy in turning out arts leaders. But on a more personal level, this program provides the opportunity to combine my business experience with my passion for the arts into a single path, and ultimately, a great degree. My dream is to leave this program with the business skills and arts knowledge to move into a position of arts leadership and make a difference in the community.

But Matt, what job are you looking for specifically? I don’t know exactly, but I can tell you that classes are well underway, and I am learning a ton and loving being a Badger. Keep checking out this blog throughout the semester and follow me on my journey through my first year as an MBA artist.