Canice Prendergast

Image by Chris Strong

Part of the reason I like contemporary art is that it’s similar to what I do, but very different. I build mathematical models that represent something more than the nuts and bolts of the equation. Contemporary art is often the same—a visual language that people use as a construct to represent something more about the world.”

Canice Prendergast, W. Allen Wallis Professor of Economics, was photographed by Chris Strong at his home in Chicago in front of a portrait by Ellen Gronemeyer. Prendergast began collecting contemporary art five years ago, following recommendations from his sister, an artist in London. His interest led him to volunteer for Chicago Booth’s art acquisition committee, which has invested in dozens of contemporary works on display at Harper Center.—P.H.