The guest artists who contribute to the community are my own personal network of visual artists. Organized events with guest artists include:
- Meet the Artist
- Critiques of submissions
- Lecture style presentation
- How-to talks demonstrating their technique
My hope is that this employee art program will be just one leg of your company's strategy for art in your workspaces. Chances are; you have commissioned or purchased work from local artists to decorate your offices. We should reach out and invite those artists to participate in your employee art program. Yes, I am happy to make those phone calls, send those emails and coordinate with your own local guest artists. This community is the perfect place for the creatives on your staff to meet them and be inspired by them.
Submission of artworks
Isn't this a back office topic - why am I highlighting the photo uploading tool? I like talking to people, hearing their stories and learning how and why they create the art that they do. The creative community helps to draw that out so each of your staff who participate share the creative experience with their colleagues as well.
However; some of your employees will want to participate without ever joining the creative community and without talking to anybody. That's okay too, and that's why I have set up this tool and have created instructions for participants to upload their images and participate without having to talk with me at all.
I use a service called Smugmug to host and share images. This makes it super easy for people to submit their images including hi-res and tiff copies for final print proofs. Smugmug is completely private and secure. People who I invite, such as your social media or marketing teams, will be able to access the photos to download and use for community outreach and social media campaigns; which you most definitely should do!
Ready to learn more?
Download the full program info with all the details, and I'd love to talk with you personally. Even if you're just thinking about starting an employee art program but not sure what direction you want to take it, I'll bounce ideas around with you. I'm not going to push you towards this program if it's not a fit for your goals. Schedule a call with me using my Calendly scheduler.
a bit about me
I have always preferred to do the work myself and this program is no different. You won't be working with my employees or subcontractors. You'll be working with me directly, and I see no reason to add more people or overhead that would complicate things and add extra expense. If you want to work with a large organization who will plug you into their prescribed system then this is probably not the program for you. If you want a partner who truly cares about delivering a valuable experience to your organization and your staff for years to come, then let's talk and see if we're a good fit for each other. I think of myself as a partner with my clients promoting your interests rather than a contractor who is just delivering a service.
Who am I as an operator: Since 2013 I have managed software development for clients including Whole Foods, Capital One, IBM, Fox, National Geographic, and Amazon. In the years prior to software consulting; I worked for myself in new home construction wearing all the hats that come along with that, and then I spent many years in a small company doing new program & business development, vendor relations, hiring, and launching entirely new divisions. When I left that company I was director of photography and trainer for new sales/biz dev. If you are a small, mid-size, or a Fortune 100 company I have been in your environment before.
Who am I as a photographer: Since 2009 I have worked in various types of photography doing studio, commercial, travel, architecture, and publishing editorial and lifestyle stories and photos. In 2015 I began specializing in printing, exhibiting and selling photos. In 2017 I started leading international photography workshops.
After doing client photography for six years, and managing software development for five years, I now use my range of skills for something that is personally meaningful to people, brings them joy and helps individuals and companies to grow.
Kevin Wenning, Kevin@employeeartprogram.com
Travel, Photography and Family Time are my happy places
Other photos on this page by David Marcu, GoaShape, Jelleke Vanooteghem, Jonathan Meyer, Kai Oberhäuser, Miguel Bruna, Norbert Levajsics, Samuel Zeller on Unsplash