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Artists Circle Provides Art for Kaiser Permanente’s New Capitol Hill Space

11 Apr

While any space can benefit from the addition of great art, we are especially grateful to have the opportunity to work in so many buildings with fantastic architecture that demand a unique approach be taken with the art in the space. Kaiser Permanente’s new medial office building on Capitol Hill is a perfect example of such a space and we were very excited to have the chance to flex our creative muscles with this project. Working closely with the client, we decided that the best approach was to use a mixture of a variety of media and styles rather than sticking with an assortment of a single type of art. The mixture of paintings, photography, wall mounted ceramic and glass sculpture and prints on plexiglass and bamboo panels provide a rich variety while the three-dimensional nature of many of the pieces adds depth to the space.

Angie Seckinger’s macrophotographic murals provide extremely detailed close-ups of plants and leaves and were a perfect fit for the spaces behind reception area desks. Their intense depth-of-field lends a great deal of drama to what might otherwise be a rather mundane-seeming feature of the building.


Glass and ceramic mosaic wall pieces by Barbara Galazzo and Janine Sopp provided a perfect solution for a difficult space: a long, gently curved wall that would prohibit the use of wall-mounted pieces on paper, canvas or other two-dimensional media. Barbara and Janine’s mosaics interact with the lighting, casting colored shadows on the wall and on each other as they are set at different distances from the surface. This installation effectively turns the entire wall into a huge curved canvas.

John Watson’s stunning details of leaves are a perfect fit for printing on large panels of sustainable bamboo. This unique presentation brings the piece out some distance from the wall and allows for a more natural look without the artificial cropping effect that can result from using a more traditional frame. The result is a much more organic approach to art installation that reflects the subjects of the pieces as well as the materials used in their construction.

The work of these three artists is just a sampling of the wealth of variety to be found in Kaiser’s new art collection. Not only is the art itself quite diverse, but the artists tapped for the project range from hand-picked local talents to artists from all over the country selected because we felt their work would be a perfect fit for the building. We’re very pleased with the results and are happy to say that the folks at Kaiser are, too! We think that the art chosen for the space goes a long way to scrub away any last traces of the “clinical” feel that can oftentimes make hospitals and doctors’ offices seem so unwelcoming, instead providing a sense of warmth and openness that we hope makes the space that much more pleasant for the staff to work in and for patients to experience during their visits to the facility.

Special thanks to Hye Jin Kim for her wonderful photographs of the installed pieces.


GMAC: Round Two!

10 Feb

A good portion of our new projects are brought to us by repeat clients.  Why?  Not to boastfully give ourselves a big pat on the back, but it’s because we did a great job the first time around!

The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC for those of us who are averse to tongue twisters) is one of those repeat clients.  In 2007 we outfitted their Tysons Corner office with a collection of fun, colorful pieces.  When they were ready for a move to Reston Town Center a few months ago, they called on Artists Circle once again to assist with art for their new, Fox Architects design space.  Funky green chairs and a calming 2-story waterfall attest to GMAC’s concern for employee satisfaction.  The artwork selected by the GMAC team also reflects this mission; a bright, enlivened collection of prints adds to the bright, cheerful environment.

OPX – Success Through Design (and Art, of Course!)

14 Apr

Artists Circle Fine Art recently collaborated with DC architecture and design firm OPX to establish a rotating artwork program in their office.  The current exhibition features works by several DC artists, including Francie Hester and Matthew Langley.

Bond (not James) 45

3 Mar

Artists Circle Fine Art recently wrapped up a project for The Peterson Companies.  We were glad to be back at National Harbor doing work with their team.  What a great group to work with!  A new restaurant called Bond 45 just opened and Peterson enlisted Artists Circle to assist with the installation of several hundred pieces of artwork.  The art, including two large marble sculptures, was supplied by the restaurant owners.

Bryan Cave

12 Aug

Law firm Bryan Cave recently merged with fellow firm Powell Goldstein, which meant they had to find someone with the patience and expertise to mesh two existing, eclectic artwork collections into one new space.  That “someone” was Artists Circle Fine Art who coordinated an installation team to get the job done.  Bryan Cave’s Marie Woods and Sharon Gough remarked with surprise at how the placement of the artwork in their new space made it appear to have been selected specifically for their bright and sleek, yet slightly vintage feeling offices.




Artists Circle Featured in Legal Bisnow

11 Aug

Bisnow publishes free email newsletters about local businesses in Washington, DC and other cities.  Jack Devine and Katie Coursey of Artists Circle were featured in yesterday’s Legal Bisnow featuring the “crib” of law firm Bryan Cave, who just moved into a gorgeous new office downtown.  The Bryan Cave project is almost complete; stay tuned for photographs of the installed artwork!  For the full Bisnow newsletter>


Council on Foreign Relations

10 Jul

The Council on Foreign Relations’ new Washington, DC office is visually striking in itself: the 80,000 square foot building was created through the integration of an existing, historic townhouse facade and a modern, streamlined structure.  The architect for the project, Mancini Duffy, created a clean, minimalistic interior space that feels airy and bright.

Since the summer of last year, Artists Circle has been assisting the Council with their finishing touches: a collection of diverse artwork created by National and International artists.  In the upcoming weeks, Cuban artist Damian Aquiles will be installing a piece selected by CFR’s President Richard Haass.  Artists Circle will be on-site overseeing the complex install of hundreds of figurative pieces cut out of metal for the Council’s Conference Center.