Construction News, Ltd.
November 2, 2020
- There’s an art to construction projects. Visit law firm Jackson Walker, residential skyscraper The Independent, Texas State University’s Angelina Hall or the Domain’s Charles Schwab buildings – the murals, sculptures, prints and paintings installed there aren’t just art pieces. They represent a construction project’s final stage.
- They also represent how Art + Artisans helps builders of workplace, education, student housing, healthcare, multifamily and hospitality projects. From a project’s start to its end, A+A works with general contractors, architects, developers, design firms and clients. They help determine the space’s art story or theme, research, procure and fabricate appropriate artwork, and ensure that the entire building process allows for their successful installation at the project’s end.
- “Some our projects only have a few pieces of art, while some have multiple floors needing a ton of art and different themes,“ Danea Dickey, Business Development, explains. “We make sure everything stays on budget and on time. We work with the GC and make sure the architect puts blocking in the wall, that there are lights for the art. Typically, we are seen most at the end of the process, but we work with everyone involved in the project to make sure the art installation goes smoothly. We make sure that we can do installations on the weekend or at night so that we don’t disturb anyone who is working, although it depends on the project.”
Founder and President, Jennifer Brener Seay was selling art when she began meeting other artists. As her database of local talent grew, the UT graduate was inspired to establish Art + Artisans in 2012 out of her home office with her mother. Today, she and her staff of seven in Austin, Houston and Dallas help clients differentiate their spaces from their competitors’ and aid them in uniquely expressing their brands. In the first phase of the three-phase process, Art + Artisan learns about the client, and determines budget and art locations.
During the second phase, a wide variety of art options is presented to the stakeholders and the selections are narrowed down and approved. In the final phase, designs are commissioned and framed, the site and vendor are coordinated and the art is delivered and installed under the team’s careful supervision. It is the oftentimes the final stop on a long construction journey and together, the Art + Artisan team makes sure that every construction project they are involved in is a true work of art.