Local Art Featured Throughout Kaiser Permanente Downtown Commons MOB
Sacramento - Kaiser Permanente will be opening their Downtown Commons Medical Office Building in Sacramento on June 4th, and with it a collection of over 50 pieces of local art will be available for public viewing. Sacramento firm Grigio Art Consulting has been working with Kaiser since 2015 to curate an art collection that represents the region. “We believe this will be one of the largest commercial collections of local art in the city,” states Jennifer Jackson, Principal Art Consultant at Grigio and the curator for the Kaiser art collection. “Kaiser had a strong vision of the artwork creating a connection to the community, and we think it will do just that.”
The key pieces for the building are two large interior murals and a water-jet cut fence designed by Sacramento natives Sofia Lacin and Hennessy Christophel, whose works can be seen throughout the city (Bright Underbelly, Warehouse Artist Lofts). Other commissioned art includes a set of resin panels depicting local agricultural trees by Maren Conrad, a favorite artist from the popular Wide Open Walls mural festival that took place last summer. William Ishmael, who worked as a civil engineer on the Sacramento Railyards for 18 years before he retired and became one of the region’s most prominent artists, created a metal piece that speaks to the history of the Railyards, where Kaiser Permanente is currently planning a new hospital.
“Kaiser intentionally wanted to nod to the Railyards throughout the project as a tie-in for the upcoming hospital, so you’ll see hints here and there in the artwork,” Jackson stated.
One floor will hold a commissioned mosaic made from over 4,500 postage stamps, including the Breast Cancer Research Stamp which was the country’s first fundraising stamp launched in 1998 by Dr. Ernie Bodai of Kaiser Permanente.
Other artists featured include Mark Bowles, Shirley Hazlette, Jesse Vasquez, Kristin Farr, Michelle Andres, Micah Crandall-Bear, Phil Gross, Merle Axelrad, Tim Collom, LeeAnn Brook, Donald Satterlee, and Jose DiGregorio.
The building will also feature a smartphone app, Artfolio, that links pieces of artwork to behind the scenes footage of pieces being created, artist interviews, and other content to further connect visitors with the art.
Grigio Art Consulting is the fastest growing art consultancy in the Sacramento region, specializing in healthcare, corporate, retail, and hospitality environments. For more information, contact Jennifer Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org.