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March 2013
Healthcare Art Report


Longing, that's what I am in the midst of, longing for Spring! My Louisiana and Texas roots tell me I should have long ago been in the garden removing the old and planting new. Now I find myself looking for signs of new growth hoping to see even the smallest of changes while Mother Nature, at least in Virginia, can't seem to make up her mind.


A few weeks ago my daffodils broke ground. This week the beautiful new blooms were covered in snow. While I have become tired of winter, I could not bypass the unexpected combination of intense yellow and icy white; a surprising visual treat that brightened my morning and remained with me all day as Mother Nature herself gave me pause, offering me a new experience through her artistic combination of seasons.


The long winter has made my eyes keener to appreciate any sign of spring. While part of me feels that winter is not stepping aside for spring as it should, other parts of me appreciate the challenge and have gone into overdrive making me intensely aware of even the smallest change or growth. I have to look harder, but I see more. Similarly in healthcare, when we look harder, we too see more; more opportunities to enhance experiences, lives, memories and connections. I am lucky enough to spend my days immersed in the art world. Healthcare art opportunities provide me with ways to see opportunities differently, in different settings and combinations.


I invite you to join me in sharpening your vision - don't let artful elements pass you by. Discover and enjoy! Wishing you the welcome sights of spring - indoors and out!








Barbara Harriman, IIDA  

President/Creative Director
Distinctive Art Source

Industry News: The Difference Between Viewing Nature and Experiencing It 


Evidence based design has long ago proven that nature images are appropriate in the healthcare setting. But is there a difference between viewing an image of nature and actually experiencing the real thing? This article from Psychology Today digs into the discussion and asks the controversial question "Can HDTV beat Mother Nature?"


Click here to read Unplug that Plasma Screen, Take Two Doses of Nature, and Call Me in the Morning.

Dichroic Glass Sculpture Featured at Inova Fairfax Hospital   

DAS collaborated with artist Kenneth vonRoenn Jr. to design a memorable sculpture that complements both the design and transparency of the rotunda at Inova Fairfax Hospital while also creating a unique identity for the new South Patient Tower.  


The 16'h x 7'w dichroic glass sculpture visually floats in the space while continually reflecting and refracting light. As the sun moves and the light changes from day to night, saturated color shadows splash the rotunda walls extending the effect of the ever changing meditative rings. Light play provides elements of continual discovery and mesmerizing views from multiple angles and levels.


For more views, watch the Inova SPT Atrium Sculpture Video here.  

Kind Words


At Distinctive Art Source, one of our favorite parts of the job is witnessing the excitement and anticipation as our clients review selected artwork and the art program begins to take shape. We recently received this message from a collaborative designer who shares her enthusiasm about the art program that will be installed at NICoE.


"Barbara has taken her experience selecting healthcare art and translated it into a beautiful package for the building that complements the peaceful, warm environment we are creating with the interior finishes. I'm particularly excited about the original commissioned paintings in the public area - I can't wait to see how gorgeous they are once installed!"


Emily Colburn Dickinson, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BD+C, SmithGroup



Great to See You at ASHE PDC!  


Thanks to everyone who stopped by the DAS booth at the International Summit & Exhibition on Health Facility Planning, Design and Construction last month in San Francisco. It's always great to see everyone! Dinner with friends from Roy Anderson Corp. was amazing - thanks for spending time with us! We hope you enjoyed the conference, learned something new and made wonderful new connections. Hope to see you next year in Orlando (or sooner)!



Art and Artists of Note

About Distinctive Art Source
Distinctive Art Source is one of only two premiere healthcare art consultancies working exclusively in healthcare in the U.S. We believe that thoughtfully developed art programs contribute to a positive patient experience. Our work goes beyond evidence-based design and patient-centered care. We help clients create customized art programs that tell the story of the community, reflect the unique facility goals, foster mutually-beneficial relationships and support a cohesive visual experience.

Established in 2003, Distinctive Art Source has served a pivotal role in creating patient-based art programs in millions of square feet of hospital space. Distinctive Art Source connects clients with hundreds of artists throughout the country to enable hospitals to conceptualize, visualize and realize the goals of their art programs.
Stay in Touch!

Email Barbara Harriman

Phone: (703) 956-1946

7900 Sudley Road
Suite 120
Manassas Va 20109-2806

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