The Wilson Center - An Exhibition of Jean Mohr Photographs

Artists Circle was retained by the Embassy of Switzerland to install a traveling exhibition of photographer Jean Mohr's work. The exhibition, War from the Victims' Perspective, features over 60 images addressing the issues of victims of conflicts, refugees and communities suffering from war.

The works in the Memorial Hall at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars are visible to the public through February 6, 2015.


Art + Beer Tasting Recap!

Sunday afternoon. Sipping beer. Looking at some amazing artwork. Spending time with great people. Daydreaming yet? If you missed our Beer Tasting, be sure to keep your eyes out for our Spring invitation!

Everyone had a great time viewing local artist Val Lewton's architectural works and perusing through our inventory sale:

Principal Jack Devine introduces Val Lewton's work to the crowd.

Val Lewton talks about the layers he creates in each piece, sometimes combining two separate places/images together to make a fictional landscape.

Val Lewton talks about the layers he creates in each piece, sometimes combining two separate places/images together to make a fictional landscape.

Guests take a closer look at Val's works.

Guests take a closer look at Val's works.

A sampling of pieces from our inventory sale.

A sampling of pieces from our inventory sale.

Artwork for U.S. Grains Council

U.S. Grains Council engaged Principal Jack Devine of Artists Circle to develop artwork concepts for their new space in Washington, DC. The collection includes photographs of fields of grain, grains silos, and two artists were commissioned to create custom photo collages.

A Conference Room features a custom photo collage above the credenza.

A Conference Room features a custom photo collage above the credenza.

Photographs of silos add some abstraction to the collection.

Photographs of silos add some abstraction to the collection.

Another custom collage at the end of a corridor.

Another custom collage at the end of a corridor.


The Healing Powers of Artwork

One thing’s certain: healthcare spaces cannot get away with leaving artwork out of their facilities. Sr. Associate Katie Giganti recently attended a forum sponsored by the Maryland Hospital Association, where she learned the first and foremost priority of hospitals under the new healthcare legislation: treat patients with efficiency and quality. Did you know studies have been conducted that prove patients are more likely to recover quickly (read: be discharged sooner) if they have a piece of artwork in their room? The healing powers of artwork are truly amazing.

One of the patient rooms at the new Holy Cross Germantown Hospital. Each patient room has a framed piece of photography.

One of the patient rooms at the new Holy Cross Germantown Hospital. Each patient room has a framed piece of photography.

The Artists Circle team has spent the last few months filling any free time with a self-imposed educational curriculum, learning about something called Evidence-based Design (EBD for those acronym happy folks). Despite its fancy name, EBD is a pretty simple concept. It is a field of study utilizing statistics/studies, which show the actual effects (“evidence”) certain design schemes can have on patients and staff in healthcare settings. In a nutshell, studies have found that calming nature images are universally accepted across cultures and patients of different ages. Carefully identified art pieces have been proven to aid in stress reduction, lessening pain, and positively contributing to the overall patient experience. We’ve put our educational findings to practice with two of our clients: over a dozen Inova Health Systems specialized care facilities, and at the new Holy Cross Germantown Hospital, where every single patient room has a piece of framed art.

Artwork installed in a waiting area for one of Inova's locations in Fair Oaks, Virginia.

Artwork installed in a waiting area for one of Inova's locations in Fair Oaks, Virginia.

While “EBD art” is great for patient rooms and clinical corridors, Artists Circle specializes in finding unique art that speaks to the true individuality of each client for higher trafficked areas. At Holy Cross Germantown Hospital, a series of glass wall sculptures was installed along the main concourse. A first glance will dazzle your eyes – the colors and dynamic arrangement are beautiful – but a closer look will reveal something more: there is hand-lettered calligraphy throughout the fused glass, which, “serves as a background texture and unifier of the nature theme. Excerpts from Ecclesiastes as well as core values including integrity, justice, reverence, and stewardship run through the art.” (artist Kari Minnick’s statement). Walk down the hall a bit after viewing Kari’s piece and you will smile once again as you look up at a colorful hanging sculpture by San Francisco artist Daniel Goldstein. “This sculpture offers a visual metaphor for the harmony that results when individuals use their special gifts to serve a collective project: offering the public access to knowledge and better health.” (artist’s statement)

Childrens Hospital Association

CHA's designer, Hickok Cole Architects, reached out to Artists Circle when CHA needed assistance developing a way to visual represent their mission. Associate Mason Wood and Principal Jack Devine worked with CHA to come up with a layout for their Mission Wall, and frame several other images that were installed throughout their office in Washington, DC. We sorted through CHA's resource pool of images and presented the layout schematics digitally to illustrate our concept to the client.

The Mission Wall features two inset areas where photographs printed on aluminum were installed.

The Mission Wall features two inset areas where photographs printed on aluminum were installed.

Main Concourse at Holy Cross Germantown

Sr. Associate Katie Giganti presented several options to the Holy Cross art committee for the main concourse at the new Germantown hospital. The group agreed local artist Kari Minnick, whose work is also in HC's Silver Spring location, would be the perfect answer for the space, which needed color and a tie-in to the hospital's religious foundation.

The central piece of the wall installation: a cross created in the negative space. All those little jars in the background are different colors Kari uses to bring her work to life.

The central piece of the wall installation: a cross created in the negative space. All those little jars in the background are different colors Kari uses to bring her work to life.

The cross installed.

The cross installed.

Installer Clifford Wheeler installed the pieces while Kari confirmed placement.

Installer Clifford Wheeler installed the pieces while Kari confirmed placement.