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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.

PNC Goodies

28 Oct

In a previous entry, we showcased a snapshot of a painting we installed at PNC Bank’s new regional headquarters, but we couldn’t resist sharing more pictures with you.  PNC was a delight to work with!  They selected some very unique and interesting pieces of artwork ranging from photographs taken at recycling plants (an homage to PNC’s Environmental Responsibility initiative) to monoprints and acrylic on mylar paintings.  PNC wanted to pay tribute to the DC arts scene by purchasing artwork by local, Washington area artists.  Fortunately, Artists Circle’s database of artists is largely DC proportioned, so we were ready for the challenge to meet PNC’s requirement.

Just a side note: the Gensler team’s talents really shine on this project.  In addition to a space featuring a “growing wall” of plants in the lobby, they also incorporated museum displays and wall graphics throughout the building, along with touch screen directories and displays in both the office building and branch.  It is certainly one of the nicest spaces Artists Circle has had an opportunity to work on!

An Atypical Summer!

5 Aug

Summertime and the livin’s easy busy!  While most of you are (hopefully) sipping margaritas on the beach, we at Artists Circle have been preoccupied with several exciting new projects.  No complaints though!  Included in the current mix are law firms, a huge hospital project, and several nonprofits.  We’re pretty amped about these jobs; not only will they require fresh new work that we haven’t proposed before, but the project teams are also the friendliest, most enthusiastic groups to work with.

Last month’s completed jobs include NetApp, Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC), and a Booz Allen Hamilton installation.  Artwork in these projects ranged from black and white photographs of Washington, DC to original paintings and more affordable edition prints on paper.


Artwork installed at GMAC

Booz Allen Hamilton

GXS Success! (try saying that ten times really fast)

11 Mar

Last night, Artists Circle’s Principal – Jack Devine – and an installation crew worked well into the evening installing over one hundred pieces of artwork in the new headquarters building for GXS in Rockville, Maryland.  The pieces, selected in advance by GXS employees, were hung in individual offices.

Designed by FOX Architects, the space already had rich, warm fabrics and finishes (not to mention a great view of the Rockville environs out the windows!), but the artwork enhanced the overall feel of the space, making each office warm and inviting.  GXS hosted a “preview party” for their staff this afternoon so they could see the office before the “big move” this weekend.  We hope they enjoy their artwork!

New Artwork: Scott Sandell

5 Mar

New York artist Scott Sandell is gearing up to publish a new suite of prints called the Maritime Series at the end of the month.  These hand embellished prints on paper measure 36×36 inches, each and sell for $600, which is a bargain given how unique each image is!

Contact for further information.


19 May

Artist Pamela Viola has released several new series of photographs, including the set of four Washington, DC images below.  Pamela says, “I work with photographic images captured digitally and printed on archival papers with pigment inks expected to last beyond a lifetime. While current technology plays an enormous role in my work, my goal is to create prints with a distinctly handmade quality despite the use of technology.”

Pamela’s work is available in various sizes.  For additional information or to see more work by Pamela, email

Washington, DC series

Washington, DC series


30 Apr

Artist Carole Bolsey has many memories: her time studying fine art in Italy and Switzerland, walking the West Coast shore, the sights from her Chesapeake Bay studio, and life in her historic Massachusetts home. Carole has dramatically captured the essence of these places in her artwork, which is imbued with rich color and gestural brushstrokes. Artists Circle recently acquired a new set of prints from the artist. Several of the pieces are shown below. Please email if interested in this work or if you would like to see additional prints.

giclee print; 40x10 inches

giclee print; 40x10 inches

giclee print; 21x40

giclee print; 21x40

giclee print; 20x20

giclee print; 20x20