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Celebrating Culture Through Art

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Arts at Work Around the Globe: Turkey’s Weekday Office, Weekend Museum Turns 5 Years Old

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Arts at Work Around the Globe: Turkey’s Weekday Office, Weekend Museum Turns 5 Years Old

Borusan Holding, one of Turkey’s leading and largest industrial conglomerates and longtime supporter of the arts, promotes community and staff involvement through a weekend museum in its headquarters, the century-old Yusuf Ziya Pasa Mansion in Rumeli Hisari. When it first opened in September 2011, Chairman Ahmet Kocabiyik, stated, “Just as in Borusan, where we work with the possibilities brought to us by contemporary tendencies in all fields, we tried to add the newest and the most experimental pieces of contemporary art to our collection. We are… aware of the risks involved in investing in the experimental works of today's artists, but this is also an extension of our business life principles. ”

 

Over the past five years, the museum has fully lived its mission to exhibit both modernity and Istanbul’s cultural heritage through utilizing the historic mansion and experimental, contemporary art. Furthermore, the collection remains primarily run by volunteers from the staff, allowing them to experience their office in an entirely different light. Borusan has truly outdone itself, not only by embracing the spotlight, but also engaging employees in a fun and culturally immersive fashion.

 

For similar, innovative global initiatives of arts transforming the workplace, check out The Corporate Art Brief.

 

(Photo courtesy of Huffington Post)

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At the Crossroads of Arts and Business

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At the Crossroads of Arts and Business

It’s not unheard of for successful companies to invest in the creation of an art collection, but a new consultancy firm is working to introduce contemporary pieces as future classics. AG Holdings–founded by Japanese businessman and former Sotheby’s auctioneer, Tetsuji Shibayama–advises corporate clients, such as Mitsubishi’s Art Gate Program.

After attending Harvard Business School, Shibayama moved through a series of positions in the States before moving back to head Sotheby’s in Japan. Combined with his business acumen, working at Sotheby’s taught him to think of art as an investment and as a commodity. One of the foremost lessons for investing is to buy low and sell high. Shibayama has taken this lesson to heart by keeping an eye out for young artists, but also works to ensure the next generation are supported by the corporate networks in their communities.

 

For instance, Mitsubishi’s Art Gate Program buys more than 200 pieces of work from emerging Japanese artists and shows them in corporate galleries, before they are auctioned off to support scholarship funds for art students. Shibayama also shares his knowledge on the intersection of arts and business with students at Gakushuin University, where he teaches. His newest project identifies ways that Japan’s changing agricultural infrastructure could be repurposed as spaces for art-making.

 

AG Holdings not only views art as a tool for corporations to connect with their local communities, but also as a vehicle for reimagining the intersection of the private and public sector.

 

Photo by Benjamin Parks/GPA.

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The Art of Denver’s New Luxury Hotel

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The Art of Denver’s New Luxury Hotel

If you’re traveling to Denver this summer, check out The Art hotel, which opened in June 2015. Developed by Corporex Companies and philanthropist Lanny Martin, who also chairs Denver Art Museum's board of trustees, The Art is the first luxury hotel in Denver’s Golden Triangle neighborhood. The neighborhood is home to the Denver Art Museum, the History Colorado Center, the Clyfford Still Museum, the Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, and a variety of art galleries. Corporex hopes the hotel will serve as a catalyst for revitalizing the area, which was hit hard during the recession, and draw more attention to the arts in Denver.

 

Dianne Vanderlip, former curator of modern and contemporary art at the Denver Art Museum, is now the in-house curator at The Art. The hotel's art collection boasts a “who’s who” of modern art, including Tracey Emin, Sol LeWitt, Claes Oldenburg, Leo Villareal, and Andy Warhol. Some of the most notable pieces are LeWitt’s massive tri-color piece that greets guests as they enter the hotel and Villareal’s light show that flashes patterns on the ceiling of the outdoor portico. There are bronze horses, avant-garde videos playing on the elevators, and more. Off the elevators, each floor will display a modern artist’s original piece, and the artist’s works and color palette will translate into each guest room. “Every piece was predicated by a desire to say something about the specialness of Colorado…” said Vanderlip in an interview with Condé Nast Traveler.

 

“Some hotels just use decorations or cheap facsimile art,” artist Mary Ehrin, who was commissioned to create a sculpture for the hotel, told Colorado Public Radio. “Using real great art is important because strong work inspires strong discussion.”

The Art also includes a high-end restaurant, a bar with an outdoor terrace, and two floors of leasable office space.

 

Learn more.

 

Photo courtesy of The Art hotel.

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Meet The Related Group's Corporate Art Buyer

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2015 BCA Leadership Award recipient, Jorge M. Pérez, is an avid collector and supporter of the arts nationally and in south Florida, where his real estate development company, The Related Group, is based. City and Shore Magazine recently interviewed Patricia Hanna, who purchases art for Pérez’s personal art collection and for The Related Group.

 

After earning her master’s in art history from the University of Miami, Hanna worked at the Lowe Art Museum as an assistant curator, and later at Miami Art Central as the exhibition manager. According to City and Shore Magazine, she is best known for the decade she spent at the Cisneros Foundation, awarding grants to emerging artists.

 

Hanna joined the corporate world in 2013 when she began working for Pérez. In a year and a half she has doubled The Related Group’s art holdings to its current state of nearly 700 pieces. Now, with south Florida in a “building boom,” Hanna is faced with the challenge of filling each building The Related Group is developing with carefully curated pieces of art. In 2014 alone she spent $10 million bringing art from around the world to Miami and the surrounding area.

 

Two of The Related Group’s projects include the Icon Las Olas building, which will be focal point of Fort Lauderdale’s skyline, and two Auberge Resorts properties. When complete, the Icon Las Olas building will feature a sculpture garden, which will be curated with the help of Bonnie Clearwater, director and chief curator of NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale. “We are developing a building, but we also want to contribute to the cultural growth of the city,” Hanna said.

 

Read the full interview here.

 

Photo: Male Torso by Fernando Botero, purchased by Patricia Hanna. From left to right: Carlos Rosso, Jorge Perez and Juan Carlos Botero (Fernando Botero’s son).
 

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A Company that Holds Art Near and 'Deere'

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A Company that Holds Art Near and 'Deere'

Did you know that one of the most diverse and impressive art collections is hosted by BCA 10 honoree John Deere? This article gives an inside look at the company’s curatorial process with Deere’s collections manager, Nathan Augustine. The extensive collection includes works by international artists from Bosnia, New Zealand, Italy, and Columbia, ranging from traditional to more abstract pieces, much of which was acquired by Deere chairman Bill Hewitt. For its exemplary support of the arts, John Deere was recognized as a 2005 BCA 10: Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts in America honoree and last fall, the company was inducted into the BCA 10 Hall of Fame.

 

Photo: Bill Becker, Director, Brand Center of Excellence at John Deere accepts the company's BCA Hall of Fame induction at the 2014 BCA 10 Awards with Americans for the Arts President and CEO Bob Lynch. Photo courtesy of Glen Davis.

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Facebook Gives Artists a Thumbs Up

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Facebook has long been praised for its exemplary “hacker culture” and drive for innovation in the tech sector, but did you know that corporate artworks also shape the company’s attitudes and brands?  A recent look at the murals in Facebook’s Menlo Park, CA campus and many offices show how the arts work to inspire employees and enhance the corporate culture. Many graffiti artists, painters, sculptors and designers have left their mark on the office spaces. (Photo credit: Brand new whimsical sculpture by Thomas Wold being installed; courtesy of ArtBusiness.com.)

 

Facebook has an active Artist-in-Residence program. Artist Drew Bennett, curator of the program who spent a residency at Facebook, says, “It’s a visual and a physical manifestation of what’s happening on the computers. You could just present your values on a piece of paper. But inviting a diverse group of independent artists to work alongside us is a more genuine expression of that creative process.”

 

The mission of Facebook's Artist-in-Residence program is to create a corporate environment rich in art, and more specifically, rich in a way that positively impacts the work experience. The company views a workplace filled with art and access to artists as a positive, value-add for employees.


Through the Artist-in-Residence program, artists are hired and treated much like other Facebook employees. Resdencies range between four and sixteen weeks, providing the artists freedom to build and paint what they wish.

 

At Facebook's headquarters, art is installed in reception areas, hallways, stairwells, on the surfaces of floors, hanging from ceilings, and even some of the furnishings and decorations have been made by artists. Employees are continually exposed to new works and outlets for inspiration and creativity. (Photo credit: Light well paper installation by Val Britton; courtesy of ArtBusiness.com.)

 

As the Facebook Artist-in-Residence program grows and evolves, the company hopes to see whether an art dense environment can create measurable benefits for everyone involved, both artists and employees. So far, the answer appears to be a resounding yes.

 

Find more information and see more visuals from Facebook's Artist-in-Residence program at the following links:

 


 

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Is Corporate Art the New Office Supply?

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Is Corporate Art the New Office Supply?

(Image courtesy of BBC.com; Getty Images.)

 

Many of our past BCA 10 honorees boast robust art collections—notable mentions include this year’s honorees Hallmark Cards, Inc., which has one of the earliest and most extensive corporate art collections in the United States; Thrivent Financial, which has the largest religious corporate art collection in the world; and 2014 BCA Hall of Fame inductee John Deere, which has been commissioning artworks for its collection since the 1960s.

 

The following article from BBC.com delves into the corporate art collection of UBS, 2005 BCA Hall of Fame inductee, which contains enough artwork for every two employees in the firm’s global workforce of around 60,000 people. The collection is recognized as one of the most impressive corporate art collections in the world. But what is the advantage to a corporation, such as UBS, purchasing and displaying art? What impact does it have on employees? The business? Read on to learn how adding art to your office supply list may just be the thing your business needs to build its competitive advantage.

 

Corporate collections: The greatest art you can’t see

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BayCoast Bank Supports Local Artists in Corporate Collection

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BayCoast Bank Supports Local Artists in Corporate Collection
(Ann Ramos Desrosier and Christina Leigh stand next to a Ron Lister painting in BayCoast Bank's conference room, photo courtesy of The Herald News.)
 
When one thinks of a bank, it’s not likely the next thought would be artwork, but that’s not the case for several local artists, whose work adorns the walls of BayCoast Bank’s corporate offices, conference room, and branch lobbies.
 
Supporting local artists with an expansive corporate art collection was the brainchild of BayCoast Bank President and CEO Nicholas M. Christ, said Ann M. Ramos Desrosier, senior vice president, chief community banking officer.
 
Ramos Desrosier, who was put in charge of procuring the artwork, worked with Christina Leigh, an art consultant with East Greenwich, R.I.-based Corporate Art Group, Inc.
 
When the bank moved to its new corporate headquarters on Swansea Mall Drive in 2012, Ramos Desrosier said they had a lot of bare walls in the three-story building. “BayCoast is very focused on supporting the communities that we serve, so we felt it was only right to support the artists who live in those communities,” she said.
 
With that goal in mind, the two women set upon a nearly year-long project of meeting with local artists and narrowing down the field in search of artwork focusing on local landscapes. They selected four well-known area artists: Tony Henriques, Chuck Boucher, Ron Lister and John Eddy.
 
“We wanted to be able to showcase the kind of artwork that you wouldn’t typically find in a bank,” said Ramos Desrosier.
 
Initially they purchased about 35 pieces from the four artists, which were installed in various places in the building including the conference room, halls, and in each of the offices.
 
Ramos Desrosier, who inherited a painting she “hated” in her former office, made sure that the BayCoast employees had the opportunity to select a piece of artwork for their office from the 35 or so initial pieces.
 
Some of the pieces are original paintings, such as the landscapes by Ron Lister in the conference room, and others are prints on canvas of original pieces, said Leigh. And rather than the unfamiliar scenes and non-descript artwork one expects to find in offices, the collection at the BayCoast Bank features scenes that are well known to those who live or work in Greater Fall River including the Braga Bridge, Mount Hope Bay, and the Swansea dam.
 
The value of the collection, they said, isn’t in its monetary worth, but with the fact that it supports the local arts community.
 
Since the original pieces, they have procured even more artwork from more local artists including Sarah Desjardins, Arthur Moniz and Molly Pettengill.
 

“The employees definitely appreciate being able to pick out the art in their offices,” said Ramos Desrosiers, “and in the areas that are open to customers, they do comment on the local artists, so it gives them some recognition, too.”

 

(This article was originally posted at The Herald News.)

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The Kansas City Chiefs Tackle the World of Art

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Recently, I attended the opening of the Kansas City Chiefs’ new art installation at Arrowhead Stadium.  Initiated by Sharron Hunt,  and developed with assistance from local experts Jacqueline Chanda, President of the Kansas City Art Institute; Barbara O’Brien, Director of Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Julián Zugazagoitia, Director and CEO, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art; and the Sherry Leedy and Dolphin Galleries, the collection features eleven works by regional artists.  As an arts enthusiast, I was pleased to see the Chiefs’ send a clear signal to the community that they value the arts as an important cultural amenity.

 

Most people would agree that having a sports team, like the Chiefs, is important to our region and the same is true of the arts. Everybody benefits from the vibrancy of our arts scene, regardless of their level of participation.  And kudos to the KC Chiefs’ for selecting fine art pieces by artists with roots in the region and national reputations. Our region has many accomplished artists and I am so pleased to see them getting the attention they deserve. 

 

Artists with work now installed include: Philomene Bennett Alan Chow, Matthew Dehaemers, Phil Epp, Lisa Grossman, Anne Lindberg, Adolfo Martinez, Elliot Norquist, Charlie Podrebarac, Jesse Small, and Dierk Van Keppel. In addition, pieces by Nedra Bonds, Jose Faus, Jun Kaneko, and Terry Evans are due to be installed in the future as the collection continues to grow. Six of these artists have affiliations with ArtsKC, either as grant recipients, exhibitors through our corporate Now Showing program, or graduates of Artist INC, our business training program. For fans without tickets on the Scout Investment Club Level, you will be able to see parts of the collection on Arrowhead Stadium tours and an art-specific tour and curriculum for schools is now in the design phase.

 

Thank you Kansas City Chiefs for your continued support of the arts in KC!

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