The Now Showing program showcases the talent of working artists while adding creativity, beauty, and inspiration to companies across the metro area. Artwork is rotated on a quarterly basis, keeping the look of lobbies, conference rooms, and work spaces fresh and engaging.
Now Showing features the works of local working artists in your office, adding creativity and inspiration to your space. A rotating art gallery, supported by ArtsKC staff and talented artists, your employees, customers, guests and organization will be transformed by the influence of fresh and powerful new art each quarter. Select options available based on how much space you would like to allocate to the Now Showing program. Each artist receives a stipend for their work, paid by ArtsKC and 100% of proceeds from artwork purchased go directly to the artist. The fees below support the artist’s stipends and the ArtsKC administration and support of your program.
Currently, there are over 200 local artists registered for the Now Showing program with work ranging from black and white photography to large-scale paintings on canvas. Companies are able to view artist portfolios and schedule exhibitions on-line through a “members only” portion of the ArtsKC.org website.
- Annual membership includes full year of exhibitions in your work place
- Up to 1 artist per quarter; approximately 10-12 objects displayed
- Coordination support from ArtsKC
- Tax deductible charitable contribution to ArtsKC
- Access to online artist portfolios to suit your taste and décor
- Pre-paid artists’ stipends ($200 per artist paid by ArtsKC)
Annual Now Showing Sponsorship and Membership Opportunities
Annual Now Showing Membership – $2,500
Annual membership includes full year of exhibitions in your workplace
Up to 1 artist per quarter; approximately 10-12 objects displayed
Coordination support from ArtsKC
Access to online artist portfolios to suit your taste and decor
$1,700 tax deductible charitable contribution
Prepaid artist stipends ($200 per artist paid by ArtsKC)
Now Showing Plus! – $3,000
Basic Now Showing benefits
Up to 1 artist per quarter; approximately 10-12 objects
$500 Corporate contribution to the ArtsKC Fund
$2,200 tax deductible charitable contribution
Company name listed on ArtsKC.org
Now Showing II – $5,000
Basic Now Showing benefits
$3,400 tax deductible charitable contribution
Up to 2 artists each quarter; approximately 15-25 objects displayed
Now Showing III – $7,500
Basic Now Showing benefits
$5,100 tax deductible charitable contribution
Up to 3 artists each quarter; approximately 30-45 objects displayed
Now Showing Education Sponsor – $10,000
Basic Now Showing benefits ($2,500 program membership)
$9,200 tax deductible charitable contribution to ArtsKC
Prominent logo placement on Now Showing resource materials & website
Logo on ArtsKC.org homepage
Logo in ArtsKC Annual Report
Invitation to attend/speak at two artist education workshops
Without the support of our corporate partners this program would not be possible. A very special thanks go out to the following 2017 Now Showing Members:
Edward D. Dallam, DDS
Truman Medical Centers/University Health
“Each new series of work continues to generate a different kind of informal discussion among colleagues; many express their points-of-view with each other building relationships outside their traditional work modes; many ponder the ‘meaning’ of the work and how it alters their perspective, and many just smile as they welcome a new look to our space. Through this program, the FH team believes that they are really demonstrating their pride and faith in the thriving creative culture here in Kansas City. We are very community-minded. We want to continually acknowledge and celebrate our artists because they truly distinguish us from other cities in the Midwest as well as the coasts.”
- Jan Rasmussen, Fleishman Hillard Inc.
“The program has been an overwhelming success! Our colleagues love it; our visitors love it; it’s awesome. We like the variety and the different mediums allow us to cater to a variety of tastes. It also gives us something to talk about when the art changes out. People really look forward to what’s next even if it’s not something they’d typically choose.
I’d absolutely recommend the program. (Pretty sure I have already.) The cost is very reasonable and it truly is something our colleagues appreciate. We’re also helping the art community. It’s a cliché but it’s a win-win.”
- Rachel Bias, ProPharma Group
“EPR Properties has participated in the Now Showing program for close to three years. During that time we have enjoyed the art of almost a dozen Kansas City artists. There are several benefits to this program: Our staff of 40 all have varied artistic tastes so the quarterly change in artists’ exhibition mean that there is something for each staff member to enjoy during the year. A couple of our staff members have even purchased a piece for their homes. Also, our office space is historic and quite large. Having different areas for the rotating art pieces regularly gives us a fresh look vs purchasing a piece that would be displayed continuously and the annual cost to participate is very reasonable.
It has been a pleasure to meet and work with the different artists, learning their stories and what inspires them to create the exceptional pieces of art we have displayed. We would definitely recommend the program to other businesses in Kansas City (and, in fact, have done so), based on the reasons above.”
- Jo Rydman, EPR Properties
“Now Showing helps companies like ours bring fresh, vibrant art into our work spaces. Believe me, the energy and inspiration this artwork brings into our work environment is invaluable. This program is just one example of the winning solutions ArtsKC develops which invite collaboration, communication, and creativity; the same qualities that Haas & Wilkerson was looking for when we modernized our workspace!”
- Ryan Wilkerson, Haas & Wilkerson
“There is an energy that comes with changing out the art work each quarter. The work creates conversation and employee interaction on a universal subject. When I was contemplating how best to approach the art in the financial headquarter advisors office on the Plaza, I thought about how to best elevate the corporate headquarter experience starting when a person walks through the doors. The artwork we display gives our guests richer and more interesting experiences. The art speaks to them and engages them. It demonstrates there is culture within our organization and that Waddell & Reed supports local artists. Plus every quarter it’s new, fresh, and exciting all over again.”
- Laura DeMaria, Waddell & Reed Financial, Inc.
“The Now Showing program has greatly enhanced the customer experience at Atlantic Aviation. There are many guests that pass through the lobby of Atlantic Aviation at the downtown airport each day and the Now Showing program gives us the perfect platform to promote the artists in our region. We are firm believers that the arts and sciences are two key elements that make Kansas City attractive to visitors and interesting for residents.
The rotating art display exposes our clients and employees to a variety of art forms to enjoy and learn about and it has generated great conversations as the new exhibits are installed each quarter. It is like working in a private art gallery. Atlantic Aviation has displayed stunning glass works by Dierk Van Keppel, textiles by Debbie Barrett- Jones and a vast collection of photography and paintings by very talented artists. I personally love going through the artist selection process each quarter. We all enjoy meeting the artists and hearing their stories and passing those on to our visitors. In fact, there have been several purchases through the years which is gratifying. The Now Showing program has been a win/win for our clients, the employees and the artists. It is a gift to all three constituent groups and I would highly recommend Now Showing for any company hoping to enhance their working environment by keeping things fresh and interesting.”
- Michele Stowers, Atlantic Aviation
“While to many, engineering looks like cold calculations on sets of schematics, the heart of what we do is design. There is a unique creativity and finesse that goes into each drawing we produce and each building we help bring to life. At Henderson Engineers, we understand that science and art don’t have to be mutually exclusive; in fact, they are better together. That’s why supporting local artists through the ArtsKC Now Showing program just makes sense to us.
Each quarter, we make a concerted effort to fill our walls with a mixture of styles and themes. Selecting the artists each season is one of the most enjoyable parts of this program. We love the opportunity to look through all the portfolios and are consistently inspired by the amazing things Kansas Citians are creating. Over the course of our participation in the Now Showing program, we have enjoyed everything from the stunning black and white photography of Diallo French to the colorful and emotive paintings by Maggie Stubbs. Our employees always enjoy taking in the new artwork each season—we even had an employee purchase Ken Dela’s “Attack of the Goldfish” this summer!
This opportunity to support the arts is especially meaningful for our office located in the Crossroads Art District. This office, which just moved into the Lead Bank building on Main, hosted a Grand Opening Open House in June. At this event we invited Mark Mohr, the artist whose pieces were on display at the time, to join the party and we (and our guests) loved having him in attendance. We truly enjoy meeting with the artists, getting to know them, and talking about their work. This program is a wonderful addition to our offices and we would definitely encourage any company to consider becoming a member of the Now Showing program.”
- Amanda Giles, Henderson Engineers
For more details on how to get your company signed-up please contact Now Showing Program Manager, Erinn Faulconer, Faulconer@ArtsKC.org, 816.994.9245
Now Showing is a program designed to foster partnerships between individual artists and businesses by providing opportunities for metro-area artists to display their work in the conference rooms, lobbies, and office spaces of local companies. The partnership benefits the artist who is exposed to a potential new audience, as well as the company who is exposed to new elements of creativity and inspiration.
The Now Showing program showcases the talent of working artists while adding creativity, beauty, and inspiration to companies across the metro area. Artwork is rotated on a quarterly basis, keeping the look of lobbies, conference rooms, and work spaces fresh and engaging. To learn more about how you can get your company involved click here.
The Now Showing program is open to all visual artists in the Kansas City metropolitan area. While there are no restrictions to media (painting, 2-D Design, 3-D Design, textiles, etc.), all subject matter must be considered business appropriate. To learn how to submit your work to the Now Showing program, click here.
For more information, questions or to get your company started, please contact Now Showing Program Manager, Erinn Faulconer at Faulconer@ArtsKC.org, 816.994.9245.
Now Showing is a program designed to foster partnerships between individual artists and businesses by providing opportunities for Kansas City metro-area artists to display their work in local business spaces.
Artists receive a stipend for their work, paid by ArtsKC, and 100% of proceeds from any sales.
ArtsKC has an open call for artists; we are always looking for new work to add to our Now Showing portfolio. Any visual artist who resides in the Kansas City metropolitan area is invited to submit an application to participate. To be eligible,
- You are a visual artist who resides in the Kansas City metro area.
- All artwork is mounted and/or framed and ready for installation.
- Artists must have 15-25 objects that exhibit well together.
- All artwork submitted must be original, owned by, and created by the artist submitting the proposal.
- All work must be “business appropriate” in nature. ArtsKC and Now Showing business participants reserve the right to exclude works containing offensive depictions, nudity, profanity or negative depictions of social, ethnic, or political groups or individuals.
- Artists must be able to commit to a three-month exhibition period.
Artists will receive a notification from ArtsKC staff with proposed dates when a company selects his or her work. The company coordinator will then schedule a time for the artist to visit the space and discuss exhibition details.
In order to ensure the safety of the artwork, each artist is responsible for the installation and de-installation of his or her own exhibition. Participating companies have a gallery-style hanging system and often do not allow artists to use nails or other hardware. Artists provide the participating company with a price sheet of available work and exhibition labels. All sales inquiries are made directly to the artist; neither the participating company nor ArtsKC receives a commission for the sale of artwork.
At the end of the exhibition period, ArtsKC issues each artist an honorarium of $200 as appreciation for their participation.
Nearly all ArtsKC Now Showing companies have installed in their offices the traditional gallery rail system. Please be sure you have at least 12-15 pieces mounted and/or framed, wired and ready to go for an installation before applying to the program. The artist is responsible for the full installation and take down of each showing opportunity.
To view the full Artist Exhibition Agreement Form click here.
For questions, contact Now Showing Program Manager, Erinn Faulconer at 816.994.9245 or Faulconer@ArtsKC.org.