Regina Lee Blaszczyk  Leadership Chair, History of Business University of Leeds Leeds, England

Regina Lee Blaszczyk
Leadership Chair, History of Business
University of Leeds
Leeds, England


Regina Lee Blaszczyk

Regina Lee Blaszczyk is Professor of the Business History and Leadership Chair in the History of Business and Society at the University of Leeds in the UK. She is the author or editor of a number of books on color including The Color RevolutionBright Modernity: Color, Commerce, and Consumers, and The Fashion Forecasters: A Hidden History of Color and Trend Prediction, and serves on the editorial boards of Enterprise and Society and History of Retailing and Consumption. From 2009 to 2015, she was an associate editor at the Journal of Design History, the top design history journal in the humanities.

An award winning historian, Professor Blaszczyk's career has included jobs as a cultural history curator at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, DC; as an American studies professor at Boston University; and as director of the Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry at the the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia. From 2005 to 2012, she was a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania while running a consultancy dedicated to America's innovation heritage. 

Wednesday, June 13 - AM General Session
Munsell's Vision for Teaching Artists

Even though Munsell ended up a business man, with a focus on selling a system of color identification, he started out as an artist attempting to find a way to teach color that would help artists of all ages to harmonize color.

Munsell was an artist. He went to and taught at an art school. He painted portraits on commission. He had a painting studio in the Back Bay of Boston. His first ideas were about teaching color harmony and they were a bit strange - giving children muddy colors for example. His system was used initially in products sold for use in teaching art to children. If you read his diaries you see that he spent many years lecturing teachers and art educators about his system.

But as he explored color science more and more, he began advocating for teaching what he called "Color Sense" rather than "Color Theory".