Upcoming Art Force Events: April-May
This Saturday, 4/27 – Sports Angels Youth Fundraiser
Art Force will be hosting a fundraiser with Sports Angels to support youth athletes on April 27th from 12-4:00PM. Artwork suitable for home, office, and sports memorabilia with an original value of over $70,000 will be available in exchange for a contribution to Sports Angels. No minimum contribution per piece! 100% of all contributions are credited to an athlete or the Sports Angels general fund. Many families lack the resources to pay the fees associated with youth sports. Sports Angels’ mission is to provide financial aid programs for youth sports participation.
5/6 – Walking Tour of the Artwork at the Minneapolis Convention Center
Join us for a walking tour of our latest rotation of art at the Minneapolis Convention Center! The tour will be lead by Art Force’s Jennifer Lindgren and Leslie Palmer-Ross. We will be joined by several artists who will speak about their pieces on display. Our artwork program at the convention center introduces visitors to visual artists living and working in Minneapolis. This is a great opportunity to see some of the fantastic work Minneapolis artists have to offer and to hear about their work. Our tour meets at 4:00PM, more information at the link below.
5/23 – Wings Cause Based Art Exhibit and Artist Meet & Greet
Our Wings Cause Based Art Program is a collection of artwork created by individuals with health challenges. A portion of each piece sold from the Wings Program supports these artists. We will be hosting an opening for an exhibit of work by Wings Cause Based Artists on Thursday, May 23 from 5:00 to 7:00PM. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet Wings artists Devin Wildes, and Marrie Bottelson. Please join us to celebrate the work of these inspiring artists – light refreshments provided.
Wings Artist of the Month: Debra Alexander
We are excited to feature Debra Alexander of the ECF Art Centers as April’s Wings artist of the month! Debra Alexander is an emerging LA Artist who has been working at the ECF Art Center Downtown LA since 2005. Throughout her years at the ECF Art Center Downtown LA, her artistic practice has remained remarkably focused. Her need to create something beautiful and harmonious represents not only a deep commitment to her craft but also an authentic mode of expression. When reflecting upon her creative practice, Debra states, “I can be myself through my artwork”.
In the past five years the Wings Cause Based Art Program has contributed over $150,000 to artists and their support organizations. Art Force is proud to partner with ECF Art Centers as part of our program. ECF Art Centers are four progressive art studios in Los Angeles County that supports adult artists with developmental disabilities. ECF’s approach to mentorship and collaboration are the catalyst for hundreds of artists to achieve their personal and professional goals. A portion of each Wings piece sold from ECF Art Centers helps artists like Debra earn an income from their work.
Article: Can Artwork Increase Occupancy Rates?
It’s more important than ever when planning multi family developments to create a design that delivers a powerful brand experience. When selected properly, the art in your property translates into real increases in occupancy rates.
When compared to many other amenities, artwork is a budget conscious way to build your brand and retains its value far longer. Read our latest article to see how artwork can help multi family developments build their brand and increase occupancy rates.
Installation Feature: Project for Local Technology Company Head Quarters
This month we highlight our recent installation for a software company’s office. This project included printed posters of local landmarks, framed canvases of music icons, as well as a live-drawn commissioned piece by artist Bill Svoboda!
This project is a great example of combining materials and styles to build the image of a corporate environment. Artwork can be far more valuable than decoration when well managed. An organization’s environment can reflect their mission, display their values, and even motivate employees. Check out our portfolio of corporate projects at the link below for inspiration on how your space could benefit from artwork!
Article: Why Art is Smart for Business by CEO of General Finance and Development William Kieger
Did you know that when compared to other office expenses such as furniture, floor coverings, and equipment, artwork holds its value far longer? Learn how including artwork in your space can be a wise investment in our latest article from Art Force’s Chief Evangelist, William Kieger.
“The tangible and intangible returns on art as an investment far outweigh what can be measured by standard accounting and financial analysis.”
May Art Events
|Artist Talk: Future Folklore with Justin Shoulder
4/27, 12:00PM, Walker Art Center.Join Justin Shoulder for a lecture-presentation highlighting components of his work Carrion in relation to his broader artistic practice.Alison Hiltner – As Seen Part 2: Knitting Connections
5/1, 7:00PM, Weisman Art Center.
Target Studio artist in residence Alison Hiltner invites you to interact with her first prototypes generated from her experiences at the Visible Heart and the System Regeneration laboratories. She is exploring the possibility of creating a touchable, physical interface for the heartbeat.
Visiting Artist Talk: Michal Staszczak, Rian Kerrane, James Hayes
4/4, 7:00PM, INFLUX Auditorium.
James L. Hayes, Rian Kerrane and Michał Staszczak will give talks in conjunction with their residency during IRON50, the 50th Annual University of Minnesota Iron Pour and related programs.