Invest in your employees. Just like making a home feel like a haven, when someone puts love and care into the surroundings, its inhabitants feel cared for. Spending time and energy creating a space that’s meaningful for your employees can foster goodwill and gratitude. Curating art programs that include staff or employee artwork is not an uncommon request. It happens more often than you realize. Actually, it’s a beautiful way to enhance the work environment, involve employees, and create a wonderful sense of community within the company. If this is something you are interested in learning more about, please contact us today for more information.
Art encompasses a wide variety of media and affects everyone who sees it in one way or another. Employers are starting to add the artwork to their offices to increase employee efficiency and creativity while also impressing clients.
1. Art inspires and unlocks creative potential.
The inspiration that one feels upon looking at art unlocks creative potential, helping to generate innovative ideas.
2. Art helps connect with clients.
By hanging photographs in the office or waiting area, a company can make a client feel comfortable and even connect with them on an emotional level.
3. Art affects the atmosphere.
A piece of artwork can add personality to a space in or around the office, making it a gathering place for employees during breaks. Artwork can also lead to employees feeling happy, calm, and content.
4. Art improves employee experiences.
Art can increase employee satisfaction, productivity, and well-being. One survey said that 83% of employees felt that artwork was important to the office experience.
5. Art can be used to promote your brand.
Images of your company throughout the years, for example, often evoke a slight feeling of nostalgia in viewers, as well as emphasize the longevity of your company.
At Corporate Artworks, our staff of experienced, creative art consultants will guide you in selecting an artwork program that reflects your company’s brand and culture, enhances your environment, and projects your success.
Whether it’s a fine art, giclee prints, photography, or commissioning a major artist for a corporate headquarters… we’ll get the job done with your goal in mind. From budgeting and selections to delivery and installation – we’ll manage every detail.
Our process is uniquely collaborative and backed by many years of experience and repeat clients.
Contact Corporate Artworks today by phone or email, let’s discuss your needs and how we can make your art… work for you!
Funny thing: Out-of-the-box thinking doesn’t happen in a box.
Leonardo Da Vinci, Albert Einstein, and Wolfang Amadeus Mozart didn’t produce their best work in gray, fabric-lined cubicles. Not only are these spaces physically constrictive, but they—by their very nature—cramp the birth of new ideas.
That’s why, at least in Corporate America, that old sea of uninspired cube farms is slowly giving way to open, collaborative workspaces full of art and expression. For many of you, this seismic shift will resonate on an emotional level. But, others will want to see data to back up the notion that an energetic Jackson Pollock or engulfing Georgia O’Keeffe framed art print has any bearing on productivity, creativity, and overall worker satisfaction. This is for you.
1. Art boosts productivity
While it’s not 100% clear why art stimulates employees to work harder and smarter, prestigious universities around the world have shown it to be true. Subjects in an Exeter study were asked to do an hour of work in four different environments ranging from the bare basics to an enhanced workplace with art and plants. The result: Employees worked 15% quicker in enhanced environments. And, they were 32% more productive if they also had personal input on the art in their surroundings.
2. Art stimulates creativity
Seeing things from another person’s perspective can pull you out of a creative rut. Say you’re an employee on your way to the water cooler.
You’ve been thinking about a problem one way for hours. You have tunnel vision. Then, in the hallway you pass a framed photographic print. Something shifts in your brain and you see a completely different side of your dilemma. You’ve just experienced an instance of art stimulating creativity and, in effect, changing your mind.
3. Art reduces stress
You don’t need cold, hard facts to wrap your head around how a tropical Henri Rousseau or glimpse of Monet’s famed Water Lilies might have a calming effect on the psyche, not to mention the power to change your physiology (think lower blood pressure), but here’s some data anyway. According to Forbes, 78% of respondents in a survey of over 800 employees working for 32 U.S companies claimed that art in the workplace helped reduce their stress.
Hello, mental vacation.
4. Art enhances communication
Findings from a Harvard University study revealed that because art elicits an emotional response, it can pave the way to more open communication and interpersonal connections in the workplace.
This will become increasingly critical as more Millennials (the under 30 crowd) enter the workforce. Because, studies show that technology and social media are making the largest generation entering the U.S. labor force, less social.
5. Art speaks volumes about your company
According to a survey conducted by a workplace design consultancy firm, 83% of employees claimed that artwork was important in the work environment. However, think beyond aesthetics. If a picture is worth a thousand words, carefully consider what your walls convey. If they’re bare, the message might be “we haven’t quite got our act together.” On the other hand, if they’re vibrant and lined with evocative, richly-hued art, they might say “we’re smart and dynamic.” You get the picture.
Some of you might be thinking, “you had me at 32% more productive.” That’s clearly a management win. However, based on these facts, it’s evident that art can color everything about a business, from employee well-being to how connected individuals feel within an organization. Take all the facts into consideration as you embark on a crusade to canvas your business’ walls.
As professional Art Consultants, we’re experts at creating unique, eye-catching, and productive corporate environments. Whether you want to project an image or enhance your work environment, we will help you every step of the way. Contact us today or peruse our website for more information and to view our portfolio of completed projects.
Long hours at work tend to get monotonous. Office art tends to break this monotony and that’s why about 99 percent of North American professionals like art in their workspaces.
According to data collected by CanvasPop, 61 percent of professionals like funny art. Others prefer inspiring quotes (44 percent) and company history (44 percent).
When asked why they like office art, 77 percent of professionals said it makes them feel happy. They also said office art inspires them (74 percent) and makes them feel creative (73 percent).
Interestingly, research by the University of Exeter Identity Realization Group IDR found offices where employees can choose their décor, including art, have been shown to be as much as 30 percent more productive. Moreover, these offices saw fewer employee health complaints.
While everybody seems to like office art, not all employees have it at their workplaces. Only 58 percent of professionals have art on their walls at work, the survey suggests.
But then more than 36 percent of workers can’t recite their company’s values and 39 percent don’t know their mission statement either. So here perhaps office art can provide a creative solution. Put your company’s values and mission statement up on the wall as art and improve your employees’ recall.
As professional Art Consultants, we’re experts at creating unique, eye-catching, and productive corporate environments. Whether you want to project an image or enhance your work environment, we will help you every step of the way. Even if you’ve had your eye on “The Office”, dog, tropical or… The Muppets theme for your office, we would love to help you complete your vision. Contact us today for more information.
We asked artists around the world: “What is your role as an artist in society, your local community, and the world at large?”
Every artist plays a different and necessary part in contributing to the overall health, development, and well-being of our society.
Creative thinkers and makers provide their communities with joy, interaction, and inspiration, but they also give thoughtful critique to our political, economic, and social systems — pushing communities to engage thoughtfully and make steps toward social progress.
From documenting human history to expressing collective emotions, these nine artists from around the world tell us how they view their role as creative contributors.
Artists are a vehicle for expressing universal emotion
Art is about connecting with people’s emotions. It’s personal and at the same time, universal.
I’m an expressive painter, working from the landscape and my memories. And yes, my work is personal, although it may not seem so at first. Feelings about my relationship with my mum, dad, and family creep into the work.
It’s a human urge to express emotion through the medium of mark-making. We all carry with us memories of our past experiences.
An artist has the ability to ‘feel strongly’ to be ‘sensitive to things and express this in the paint, gesture, or color. The artist ‘absorbs’ the atmosphere of a place or the memory of a feeling. Sometimes, it’s a burden for the artist to carry all this emotion – to be so sensitive.
Most folks block out emotion. Then, suddenly, a painting ‘speaks’ to them. At that point, the artist has done their job. For me, it is wonderful to connect with people through my work — when people respond to a painting and really ‘feel’. My painting is mainly about my self-expression communicated out there on the canvas, but really I think it is everyone’s expression — I’m just a vehicle.
Everybody hurts. Everybody loves. Everybody hopes. And, everybody dies. Mainly, art is about our own sense of mortality.
Lesley Birch, York, UK
Artists are responsible for unearthing the truth
I believe that the artist’s role, above all things, is to be as true to themselves as they can — within society, the community, and the world at large. This sounds like a cliche but is in itself much harder than it seems.
Being an artist involves wearing all sorts of masks, just like any other job, but the difference is we have the lingering responsibility to unearth the truth of things. Sometimes we will seem vulnerable, sometimes we will make mistakes. But the main thing is not to give up.
This resonates with people on a personal and global level, because it is not only empowering but starts from inside ourselves. Before deciding to follow my own artistic path, I co-founded a community arts cafe. This was an amazing experience in itself, but as it wasn’t my true vocation I felt there was a limit to how much I could give. This is because I started from the outside in, trying to fix things around me, before realizing I needed to tap into something central to myself.
Artists work to illuminate the margins and make societal change
Rather than the word “role”, I prefer “commitment”. Over many years as an arts educator, I have helped people and communities find their voices and express their concerns through individual and collaborative art projects. This used to be called public art. Now, it is often known as social practice.
My own work is rooted in feminism – were expressing my emotions, goals, and ideas, in the realm of the personal, social and political, is an exercise in communicating my individual experience. Working with artists and in art spaces in other parts of the world, beautiful exchanges of ideas often happen –which creates artistic growth, empathy, and new understandings.
All of these acts can illuminate what lies hidden or repressed in the margins or shadows. New ideas can be brought to life. These ideas can lead to small or large changes in attitudes and even society.
They tell stories and pass on traditions
Holland is a crowded space. Our history is filled with stories about how we made land out of the water and tamed the deadly seas. Honored by writers, poets, and painters. The word ‘landscape’ stems from the Dutch word ‘landscape: View of the land. It was invented here in the 17th century, with low horizons and great cloudy skies.
Millions of landscapes were painted here by the great masters as Rembrandt, Ruysdael, Hobbema, Weissenbruch, Mauve, van Gogh and Mondriaan. All were inspired by our flat landscape and big horizons. It is this centuries-long tradition in which I stand. ‘Creating the Dutch landscape’ is my motto, my theme, and my life.
But, our landscape is changing. Our ever-growing population is altering the look of the land. Cities grow and our landscape history is sinking beneath concrete, buildings, and tarmac.
So, as an artist, I not only want the world to see the beauty of the Dutch landscape, I also want to grow awareness about the lasting visible traces in the landscape. From our 5000-year-old megalithic monuments to our recent day modern windmills. As a photographic detective, I search for stories about our landscape.
We have to be careful with this landscape which is difficult with so little space and more than 17 million inhabitants. That’s why I decided to donate 10 percent of all my income to the organizations that protect the Dutch landscape. That’s the least I can do as an artist — to protect the horizon.
Maarten Westmaas, the Netherlands
Artists connect with and inspire people globally
As we live in a global village, we are somehow all connected via some form of social media. Artists are no longer hermits and we are all “out there [in the world]”. I hope my role as an artist is to inspire, connect, and collaborate!
My abstract works are paintings and drawings at the same time. Paintings of geometric and organic shapes and lines, composed of layers of ink, acrylic, and other mediums allude to the gestural surface marks of Abstract Expressionism. My paintings reflect not only the radical conflict between the two “colorless” colors (black and white) but also their interaction and interdependence. There is a historical richness here, the temporal quality of landscape ink painting, the physical strength and boldness of the black ink, and its generosity and infinite possibilities.
Shih Yun Yeo, Singapore
Artists record and preserve our human history
We live in an ever more intricate society where every individual regardless of its specific role plays an important part in the social biodiversity of the world.
Artists have been crucial from the very beginning of our existence. From prehistoric cave paintings to frescos around the world, to scientific drawings, to the avant-garde movements, artists have contributed to expanding human evolution from many different perspectives.
This expansion, much like the universe, is still going on and artists still play an important role. I see myself as part of a community whose work as a global force contributes to this human growth.
There is a crescent complexity in the way the art world evolves and the myriad agents who orbit around it are intimately interlaced with artists and their production. Although artists typically work alone in their studios, they are part of a much larger community and they play a much larger role than one might anticipate.
Bruno Castro Santos, Lisbon, Portugal
Artists offer messages of hope
I take my role as an artist very seriously, although I still have endless amounts of fun and experience great joy in my studio. I try to be very thoughtful and socially and politically aware of my surroundings. Whenever I experience feelings of discomfort in my life, I need to find an answer by transforming those feelings through my art.
An artist’s role is almost that of an Alchemist — capable of transforming a few humble materials into objects which are imbued with spiritual and aesthetic value and then possibly also material value.
I prefer to be a harbinger of good news and hope, in this increasingly broken world of ours and I find that images have immense power to restore collective emotional pain and lift the spirit.
Because I transform my own anguish concerning the present and also the future into something tangible which is simple, hopeful and beautiful, my role is to offer through my art and without being superficial, a message of hope to society, my community and the world at large.
Aleta Michaletos, South Africa
They are ambassadors of the natural world
I have always lived within walking distance of the ocean. I feel my role as an artist is to be an ambassador for the natural beauty that is found here. I paint out-of-doors as often as I can to get the clearest vision I can of my surroundings. That helps me capture it the most the highest level of truth.
I make my paintings to capture the parts of our landscape that I cherish and find beautiful. In doing so, I am preserving views that may disappear without notice. Think of all the paintings made of the Northwest landscapes that are no records of what those environments looked like there before the wildfires that have swept so much of that part of the continent.
One of my recurring subjects is the herring weir, which is made of nets to catch wild herring. The weirs are largely unique to the Bay of Fundy. When I was young there were herring weirs everywhere; they were commonplace. Now, they are almost all gone. I now have to travel a fair distance to paint the remaining ones while they are still here. These rather odd assemblages of netting might not mean much to people who have no connection to this area, but they are instantly recognizable to the people from here, who find great meaning in my paintings of the weirs.
I go out to paint the things that I find beautiful, never knowing what might someday become extra special because it, too, may no longer be easily seen outside of paintings. I put my paintings out into the world so that people who will never get a chance to come here might still be moved by the views of this place.
Poppy Balser, Canada
Artists create a sense of community
There are many roles that an artist fills. But, in smaller cities, having local artists brings a sense of pride to the community. It also sets examples for young people who might be considering careers in the arts. Artists support their communities by teaching their art and craft.
Also, in most communities, there are auctions that benefit local causes and charities, and donations of art by local artists are some of the most popular items at these auctions.
Art can heal us, inspire us, and alter our brain chemistry
By Jacob Devaney
With so much talk about the evidence of the positive effects of yoga and meditation, you might be surprised at what scientific research also says about how art affects the brain. Long before modern neuroscience, artists were creating works to inspire people, and today complex brain imaging scans can show us just how art changes the physiology of our brains. Contemplation, observing, and taking in the beauty all stimulate pleasure centers within the brain while increasing blood flow by up to 10% in the medial orbitofrontal cortex. This can lead to an elevated state of consciousness, well-being, and better emotional health.
“The blood flow increased for a beautiful painting just as it increases when you look at somebody you love. It tells us art induces a feel-good sensation direct to the brain.” – Professor Semir Zeki, chair in neuroaesthetics at University College London
Mirror Neurons are neurons that fire both when a person acts and when the person observes the same action performed by another. This brings us back to a very basic concept in human evolution which involves modeling. When you observe a profound piece of art you are potentially firing the same neurons as the artist did when they created it thus making new neural pathways and stimulating a state of inspiration. This sense of being drawn into a painting is called “embodied cognition”.
“Art accesses some of the most advanced processes of human intuitive analysis and expressivity and a key form of aesthetic appreciation is through embodied cognition, the ability to project oneself as an agent in the depicted scene,” – Christopher Tyler, director of the Smith-Kettlewell Brain Imaging Center
This explains why we might feel like we are dreaming when we look at impressionists like Claude Monet or having an ecstatic vision while looking at a painting by Alex Grey. The ability of art, combined with our own imagination, to transport us to other realms is astounding. Artists have the ability to show us new worlds but we shouldn’t put them on a pedestal because each of us is an artist.
“Making art activates the whole brain and can foster integration of emotional, cognitive, and sensory processes.” – Joan French MA NCC LCPC
The act of creating art is also therapeutic which has been the impetus for the art therapy movement. Every one of us lived like artists as children and we have the ability to bring back this powerful form of expression and self-healing if we allow ourselves to. You don’t need to be an expert to enjoy smearing paint on a canvas and letting your pleasure centers light up like a child!
“Art therapy, sometimes called expressive art or art psychology, encourages self-discovery and emotional growth. It is a two-part process, involving both the creation of art and the discovery of its meaning.”
– Paula Ford-Martin
Modern Visionary Artists are applying the idea that art inspires community, is educational and has the capacity to elicit spiritual revelations. Painting together in groups and painting live at musical events, these artists are allowing participants in on their creative process. Seeing and understanding that even the finest pieces of art have many moments when the artist isn’t satisfied or needs to paint over something is revealing for each of us on our spiritual journey.
Celebrating how Art changes Consciousness
Artist Alex Grey has opened Cosm in New York which is being called a Chapel of Sacred Mirrors. Within the Visionary Art Movement is the idea that creativity itself is a path to the divine. This includes creating art, gathering around/celebrating art, and creating communities that foster creative expression in all of its forms. Creativity may be one of the greatest things about being human and art can be a great teacher for us on this evolutionary journey.
“To awaken and catalyze the spiritual path of each person by providing access to the highest mystic truth through art and creative action”. – Cosm Core Value
We are surrounded by billboards and advertisements which utilize art to persuade us to purchase things that we usually don’t need. There is currently a large movement towards beautifying public places with murals that contain cultural and community relevance. Imagine how we might create a more peaceful, vibrant world by surrounding ourselves with beautiful art…
I’d like to see a world where scientists, politicians, and spiritual practitioners gathered around art to learn and share with each other towards creating a better world. Visual art can heal us, inspire us, and alter our brain chemistry leaving us filled with inspiration and love. We don’t need science to prove this to us but now that it has what are some ways that you will invoke art and creativity for your own spiritual journey?
From setting the right tone for your brand to improving relationships with your employees, potential clients, and the community, a corporate art collection can do wonders for you and your work environment.
At Corporate Artworks, our staff of experienced, creative art consultants will guide you in selecting an artwork program that reflects your company’s brand and culture, enhances your environment and projects your success.