February 2015
Healthcare Art Report

This quote reminds me that there is so much more to a piece of art than what meets the eye. Over the past several months, the team at DAS has been paying close attention to the inward significance of art. We've been exploring the stories behind the art in an effort to enhance the viewer's experience.


At DAS, we're calling these stories Art's 4th Dimension, because they represent what we can't measure in height, width and depth. The 4th dimension is the creation of the art...it's the story of the artist... the connection to the community...and the meaning behind the finished piece.


We've noticed our clients are eager to explore Art's 4th Dimension as they realize it adds to the art experience and utilizes smartphone technology. It brings a static piece of art to life and allows the viewer to become engaged in the process.


We're bursting with creative possibilities here at DAS! You can get an idea of what we've been up to by downloading the free Aurasma app and exploring Art's 4th Dimension on the DAS website here








Barbara Harriman, IIDA  

President/Creative Director
Distinctive Art Source

NGHS Earns Gold Award in 2014 Landscape Architecture for Healthcare Communities Competition


Our friends at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainsville, Ga. have earned the Gold Award in the 2014 Landscape Architecture for Healthcare Communities Competition. Their story was featured in the October 2014 issue of Healthcare Design magazine. Northeast Georgia Medical Center's therapeutic gardens were lauded for their textural variety and colorful activity year round. "For every season, if it's bulbs, if it's herbs, you've always got plantings. There's really not a season that hasn't been taken into consideration," says Nancy Colston, president and chief development officer of the NGHS Medical Center Foundation.


The Landscape Architecture for Healthcare Communities Competition was open to healthcare administrators, facility executives and managers as well as architects, designers and others providing design services to the healthcare industry. A jury of experts appointed by Healthcare Design reviewed the projects submitted to determine one top winner and to designate any additional projects worthy of special recognition. You can view the NGHS feature in the October issue of Healthcare Design here.


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Artists of Note


Yvette Shadrock: acrylic and metal


Priscilla Robinson: mixed media / paper


Mariella Bisson: mixed media on linen



Owensboro Health Art Program Celebrates...   



Distinctive Art Source worked with the team at Owensboro Health on a healthcare art project that celebrates the people and culture of Owensboro, KY. Thoughtfully selected artworks celebrate Community, Donors, Local Artists, Faith, Architecture, History, Music, Agriculture, the Ohio River, Seasons, Local Festivals, Nature and Water.


The Floating Seeds installation was the recipient of a 2013 CoD+A Merit Award.  


Click here to view the Owensboro Health Art Program video.


A Word from Our Client

"Barbara doesn't have 'no' in her vocabulary. She went above and beyond to make things happen for us.  There was a lot of complexity to the project and Barbara was able to bring in the right people and she knew the right questions to ask. Working with Distinctive Art Source was everything I wanted and more."


Gina Coyle, IIDA,  FL Registered Interior Designer #271, Nemours Corporate Facilities

DAS Earns MDOT Certification

The Maryland Department of Transportation's (MDOT) Office of Minority Business Enterprise recently awarded Distinctive Art Source with certification as a Minority Business Enterprise. This certification makes DAS eligible to fulfill minority participation goals on contracts issued by the State of Maryland.


The Maryland Department of Transportation's Office of Minority Business Enterprise (OMBE) is Maryland's official certification agency for the Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Program, the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program and the Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) Program.  DAS is pleased to be listened in MDOT's online Directory of Certified MBE/DBE/ACDBE Firms.


Distinctive Art Source is also certified as a Small, Women-owned and Minority-owned Business (SWaM) by the  Commonwealth of Virginia.


DAS Earns Micro Business Certification


Distinctive Art Source recently received Micro Business Certification in the Small, Women-owned and Minority-owned Business (SWaM) Program of the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity. This certification enables DAS to participate in all state purchases that have been set aside for micro-businesses.


The Micro Business Certification is part of our SWaM certification. It is a new designation for the State of Virginia. On July 22, 2014, the Honorable Terence R. McAuliffe, Governor of Virginia, signed into effect Executive Order Number 20 for the purpose of "Advancing Equity for Small, Women, and Minority Owned Businesses." In doing so, he created a new category of 'micro-businesses.'

DAS looks forward to continuing our work on Virginia state projects and is pleased to be among the vendors awarded designation in the Micro Business category.


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 with innovative art solutions that tell the story of their community, reflect unique facility goals, foster mutually-beneficial relationships and support an integrated visual experience that is both dynamic and distinctive.


Our turnkey solutions range from goal development through installation. And our art resources are unlimited. DAS connects clients with hundreds of artists throughout the country to enable hospitals to conceptualize, visualize and realize the goals of their art programs.


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. We are honored to work closely with some of the nation's most renowned healthcare architects, designers and artists. Our firm's architectural background allows the creation of the art program to blend seamlessly into existing architectural processes, keeping projects on time and within budget.



Learn more about the Distinctive Art Source team here.  
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