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Photographer Touts Benefits of Office Art
Wednesday, 01 October 2008
Written by Loren Stanton, Staff Writer
This article was published in The Sun of Johnson County Newspaper. See the article and other news on their website,
Dan Rose was bitten by the picture-taking bug at the age of 8, and he has been clicking shutters ever since.
The Overland Park resident, who began doing professional photography by age 16 and ran the photo department of a weekly newspaper at 18, has found a variety of ways over the years to apply his talents with a camera. And now, at 51, he is in the process of concentrating more heavily than ever on his favorite side of photography – the creative one.
In addition to journalistic work, Rose has done portrait and wedding photography, and he continues to have success doing forensic photography for legal casework and developing and selling inks for photo processing.
All those things are fine, Rose said, but they do not involve much artistic expression.
"Anybody that has done artistic photography would rather be doing just that," Rose said.
But from a practicality standpoint, he said, most photographers must find other ways to put bread on the table.
Rose uses a variety of formats to shoot and present his creative work. Some of the shots are black and white still life, while others are colorful renderings that are computer-enhanced in myriad ways.
He is now working on two creative projects. He has shot a number of photos of the Kansas City area’s urban landscape, and he is compiling a collection of shots from rural and small town Kansas that ultimately will appear in book form.
A number of the urban images are on display in a temporary exhibit at the Madison Law Building in the Plaza area.
Rose wants more opportunities to display his images in work environments. There is the income motive, of course, and in this case some of his prints were purchased by the host office.
But he also believes he is doing businesses a service that goes beyond making the offices look nice. He is convinced that original artwork lifts the spirits and productivity of those surrounded by the art.
Some research indicates he has a point. The Business Committee for the Arts and the International Association for Professional Art Advisors conducted a survey of 800 employees working for 32 companies around the country and found that large majorities of respondents believed artwork in the office helps reduce stress, increase creativity and productivity, and enhance morale. In fact, 73 percent of those surveyed said their view of the company would be changed if existing artwork were removed.
Bob McQuain of the McQuain, DeHardt and Rosenbloom law firm at the Madison building said the exhibit has been a positive and popular addition.
"The Madison Law Building is going to continue to be an art space. It has been very good for us," McQuain said.
Madison Law Building Installation
and Exhibit a Great Success!
The Madison Law Building Exhibit.
Kansas City, MO., August 7, 2008 - The Installation and Exhibit of Fine Art Photography by Dan Rose, in the newly remodeled Madison Law Building, was a great success. Attendance was high at both the Special Evening Showings and daily visits by the public. Thank you to all who attended and to those who purchased photographs. A Special thanks to Bob McQuain of McQuain, Dehardt & Rosenbloom, PC. A number of the photographs, in the exhibit, have been acquired by the firm and will be on permanent display. The public is welcome to view the photographs Monday - Friday 9:00am - 4:30pm and by appointment with Dan Rose 913.385.FOTO. The Madison Law Building is located at 4505 Madison Avenue, Kansas City, Missouri 64111.
Additional gratitude and appreciation to all who helped make the exhibit a great success and so much fun!
Kansas City Law Firm’s New Art Space
Beneficial Results - First Exhibit Held Over
Contact: Dan Rose For Immediate Release
Kansas City, MO., July 10, 2008 - The exhibit of Fine Art Photography by Dan Rose, in the newly remodeled Madison Law Building, is being held over for an additional month. The popular exhibit has been extended to give the public at large, as well as business and building owners, an opportunity to experience how the renovation of this building has transformed it into a working art space.
“Original art in the workplace has many benefits,” says Dan Rose. “There is a recognizable positive shift in one’s corporate image when there is original art in the workplace, as opposed to reproductions from a discount house or office supply. Art also serves as an instrument to enhance both public and community relations. Its greatest value, however, may lie in art’s ability to create a pleasurable, stimulating and inspirational environment in which employees can thrive.”
A study by the Business Committee for the Arts, Inc. (BCA) and the International Association for Professional Art Advisors (IAPAA) was conducted in 2006, examining the impact of art in the workplace. The survey included companies in 32 states, ranging from food distributors to law firms, all with workplace art collections.
The findings of the study indicated the following beneficial results:
- 94% of
respondents agree that art in the workplace enhances the work environment
- 84% agree
that it evidences the company's interest in improving the quality of life,
both in and out of the workplace
- 78 % of agree
that art in the workplace reduces stress
- 77% agree
that it broadens employee appreciation of diversity and encourages
discussions and expression of opinions
- 73% agree that it helps to build community relations
Art in the workplace helps businesses tackle key challenges.
While the majority of Fortune 100 companies and a large number of the Fortune 500, own art collections, these businesses are not the only ones to understand the impact of art in the workplace. There are smart businesses of all sizes incorporating original art into their workplaces. The Madison Law Building is one example. The Fine Art Photography of Dan Rose was installed in the Madison Law Building, in November 2007. “Our experience has been nothing but positive,” said Bob McQuain, representative for the Law Offices McQuain, DeHardt & Rosenbloom, tenants and owners of the building. “The Madison Law Building is going to continue to be an art space. It has been very good for us.”
The lobby area, hallways and conference room of the building’s first floor house the photographic art installation. The presence of Rose’s Fine Art Photography has changed the mood of the building. “I have noticed that with Dan’s photography in the building, the attitude of tenants has changed. People have their favorites, they want to know what yours are and to talk about them. Visitors view and discuss the art. The pictures aren’t generic, they mean something,” said Melea Smith, Madison Law Building Receptionist. “It’s given us all something to enjoy and talk about. It has inspired the people to improve their own office spaces.”
“Art in a workplace moves people to engage with each other – what more can you ask for in a place of business,” said Dan Rose.
A number the photographs at the Madison Law Building have been purchased by McQuain, DeHardt & Rosenbloom. A Special Evening Showing of the exhibit is scheduled for Friday, July 25, 2008 from 3pm – 9pm. Business owners interested in learning what art can do for their workplace, are encouraged to attend. The public is welcome. The photographer, Dan Rose, will be available to discuss his work and answer questions. Photographs will be available for purchase and refreshments will be served. Mr. McQuain of McQuain, DeHardt & Rosenbloom will be in attendance, as well as many of the buildings tenants. Rose’s photography exhibition closes on July 31, 2008. For more information contact Melea Smith at the Madison Law Building 816-561-0509 or Dan Rose 913-385-3686. The address of the Madison Law Building is 4505 Madison Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64111.
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