Instructor, Arts Enterprise & Cultural Innovation
Aric Mayer MFA, MBA holds an MFA in Painting from Pratt Institute and an MBA from Western Washington University. At Pratt he co-founded and was the first president of the Pratt Artists’ League. He spent 10 years working in publishing in New York City, seven of those years at Time Inc where he co-led a team in digitally producing a publication with $20 million in revenue and over $6 million in operating profit per week. Mayer’s photographs are exhibited internationally. His writing on visual rhetoric following Hurricane Katrina continues to shape the conversation around how aesthetics interact with politics in large scale events.
In the WWU MBA program, he authored and co-teaches the MBA capstone, leading MBA students through consulting projects that seek to address significant business problems for external clients. Mayer is a founding member of Western Washington University’s Social Justice and Equity Committee and he serves as co-chair of the SJEC Faculty Learning Labs, driving cross-disciplinary research, knowledge sharing and problem solving in service to equity and inclusion. Mayer has experience across the business spectrum, from billion-dollar legacy enterprises to scrappy startups that are trying to change the world, and has led projects for clients ranging in scale from Amazon to small boutique product companies.
His personal clients include: Hearst Magazines, the Wall Street Journal, Sony Entertainment, MTV Networks/Comedy Central, Columbia Journalism Review, Bomb Magazine, McSweeney's and Volume. He co-authored and co-teaches the Arts Enterprise and Cultural Innovation minor.