Skyline Art Services Supports State Licensing of Interior Designers

Because the State of Texas licenses interior designers, all our health and safety is ensured. Licensed interior designers, unlike decorators, “must have a degree, experience, and pass a national exam.” Unfortunately, prominent voices in the Texas legislature, and among candidates for statewide office, regularly threaten to abolish professional licensure, in a move they deem “deregulation.”

This story from Dallas’s WFAA is helping to bring some awareness to this important issue.

The Texas Association of Interior Designers represents the interests of licensed designers in the state capital. We fully support TAID, and we hope you will too, not only through donation, but by sending a note to your state senator and representative, saying that you support the licensing of interior designers in Texas.

Find your legislators here and send them an email or mail them even a note by mail.
And a very fun way to support TAID is to attend the annual art sale and fundraiser “Lot75″ that we host right here at Skyline Art Services. See you here on September 18!

Read more.. Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Health Design and Active Design

As our clients and colleagues are aware, we are deeply invested in advancements in healthcare design, specifically new findings that are supported by empirical evidence. In fact the term “Evidence-based design” is most often used in terms of its healthcare applications: clinics, hospitals, medical office buildings.

So we were very pleased to hear this story on NPR’s “Morning Edition” about new design initiatives to promote human health in other public settings. They’re calling it “Active Design,” and it’s being promoted in New York City, first by celebrating the design opportunities of the staircase.

Why the enthusiasm for the stairs? The answer is more medical than architectural. This is a public health campaign.

As architects and planners, we’ve been part of the problem, in terms of making our lives so sedentary, making things so easy. And there are ways that we can and should correct that,” [architect David] Burney says.

The city wants more steps, and more people to climb them, because of the research showing health benefits to taking the stairs.

Of course not everyone can take the stairs, and this renewed focus on the staircase in no way compromises our commitment to accommodation. But it’s always a good thing when architects and researchers find new ways for architecture to promote health.

Read more.. Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Artist Focus: Peter Hite for Methodist Richardson Medical Center

The primary goal of the artwork was to gently engage the patients staying on that floor of the hospital. The floor is designated for women only so the elements (colors, subject matter, etc) of the artwork were selected with that in mind. The mosaic required about 2,800 stamps from around the world, some dating back to the 19th century.

Read more.. Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Artist Focus: Jonathan Whitfill for Miami Valley Hospital

The Cancer Resource Library at Miami Valley South Campus Cancer Center called for a unique and dynamic art installation to set it apart from the rest of the center. The wall-hanging sculptures Whitfill created, made of reclaimed and repurposed clothbound books, made good sense for several reasons. The library, located prominently near the front entrance of the center, was a uniquely cozy and enclosed space in the building. Along with sheltered nooks for quiet study, it featured a fireplace and many shelves of books made available to patients and families to learn more about their own health and treatment.

Read more.. Monday, June 23rd, 2014

CODAmagazine: Healing Art

Check out the new CODAworx magazine.  Our Children’s Medical Center project in Dallas is featured!

Here is the link: https://flipboard.com/section/codamagazine%3A-healing-art-buRB2u

Read more.. Friday, June 20th, 2014

You Are Invited :: Skyline Spring Open House

Read more.. Monday, April 21st, 2014

2014 Air Alliance Houston Earth Day Art Contest & Auction

Skyline Art Services is proud to sponsor and host the annual Air Alliance Houston Earth Day Art Contest & Auction at our showroom. The Earth Day Art Contest encourages students to present a vision of how we can honor, celebrate, and protect our environment.

When:    April 24, 2014 @ 6:00 to 8:30 pm
Where:    Skyline Art Services
What:     Awards Ceremony and Live & Silent Art Auction

You can view and bid on the artwork at www.edh.auction-bid.org
Bidding will start on March 24 and culminate with the live auction on April 24.
For more information about this event please visit www.earthdayartcontest.org

Join us in this celebration of art, earth, and our Houston area students.

Read more.. Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

New Extended Stay Facility Opens

We couldn’t be more proud of our contribution to the art design for Nora’s Home, a place for patients and their families to live in comfort and peace in the Texas Medical Center as they prepare for and recover from transplant surgery. We were happy to be able to donate our services and provide artworks at cost.

Thank you Gail Sterling/WHR Architects for putting us in touch with Nora’s Home. She was responsible for their interior design.

Here’s a wonderful news report from ABC13 in which you see a little of our handiwork.

Read more.. Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Bluish Lights in Healing Environments

We’re wondering if maybe an innovative light artist has listened to this story from All Things Considered and will soon be coming up with something amazing.

Mariana Figueiro researches health applications at the Lighting Research Center at Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. She also, it seems, designs furniture: she devised a LED table that casts a bluish light. For residents in an Alzheimer’s unit, the table helped strengthen their circadian rhythms, so they could stay awake during the day and sleep at night.

Bluish lights apparently help us to wake up, and yellowish lights send signals to our circadian clocks to get ready to sleep. As Figueiro puts it, “The circadian system is what we call a blue sky detector.”

Of course a table is an excellent way to deliver bluish light. But we’d love to see what an artist could pull off with projections, or LED lights, or video that could be installed in a healing environment. Think of the possibilities, and the good we could do for memory care residents.

Read more.. Friday, February 28th, 2014

Metro North Line: Featuring Dixie Friend Gay

We love to work with multimedia artist Dixie Friend Gay. From her iconic swampland paintings to her signature dimensional mosaics, she has successfully placed her work all over Houston and the beyond.

With the opening in December of the new North Line branch of Houston’s light rail, a new public commission by Dixie debuted at the Boundary Street Station and at the Burnett Transit Center Station. Congratulations, Dixie!

METRORail Extension ride

Read more.. Thursday, February 20th, 2014