February 2014
Healthcare Art Report


I hope this note finds you warm and safe. It seems that many parts of the country have had more than the usual amount of snow this year. Winter storms are often a hassle, but a beautiful blanket of soft, snow quiets my mind. Snow covered landscapes in their untrodden state are nature's blank canvases just waiting for the first berry or cardinal to emerge. At Distinctive Art Source, we see each new endeavor as a blank canvas - an opportunity to start fresh creating new experiences and opportunities for our clients and our staff.



I thoroughly enjoy helping our clients take a fresh look at their facility's visual experience. While we often work on new construction projects, we also collaborate with clients who are in the midst of planning sessions focusing on their in house visual experiences, or they may be planning minor or major renovation projects. This is the perfect time to take a fresh look at existing elements to understand their purpose, use and need.


Removing outdated signage, bulletin boards, directories, and faded or inappropriate artwork can greatly de-clutter hallways as well as patient and family spaces. Once de cluttered, a "blank canvas" emerges on which you can create an entirely new first impression.


Kudos to those of you in the midst of "finding your canvas." Know that is it worth the effort and can often reduce new costs. If you would like to share your story, hit reply and I will be happy to encourage you!







Barbara Harriman, IIDA  

President/Creative Director
Distinctive Art Source

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Art and Artists of Note



In 2013, Distinctive Art Source was honored to work with a variety of talented artists across the country. We were thrilled to be a part of these local communities and to help create healthcare art programs for our fabulous clients. Take a look at our 2013 Community Artists Video featuring just a sampling of some of the many talented artists we've had the honor of working with last year.

See You in Orlando!


The Distinctive Art Source team is once again planning to attend the ASHE PDC Summit 2014. If you will be there, be sure to stop by booth 715 and say hello!


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PDC Summit 2014

International Summit & Exhibition On Health Facility Planning,  

Design & Construction

March 16-19, 2014

Orlando, Florida

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.

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