The impact of art in the workplace is often underestimated. A splash of color on the wall can set the tone of a meeting space and a piece of art can add dimension to a monotone hallway, but does art in the workplace have a positive impact on those who encounter it as part of their day-to-day? Ask those at Roche Tissue Diagnostics (RTD), known locally as Ventana Medical Systems, Inc., and you're likely hear a resounding "yes".
On Thursday, July 27, 2017 RTD and the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance will host the opening of the largest employer-sponsored art exhibition in Southern Arizona. You'll have an opportunity to view the work of those who work at RTD along with art from their immediate family members, youth and adult.
For some, the annual RTD Campus Exhibition is an opportunity to connect through art with coworkers and the public. For others, the show is a temporary distraction from the rigors of their career at a company whose mission is To improve the lives of all patients afflicted with cancer. No matter the perspective, the exhibition serves as an annual highlight to many of the creative members of the RTD community.
This year, SAACA received 112 submissions from 52 artists. The work encompasses multiple categories, including photography, drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture and much more.
Among this year's highlights are two functional sculptures by Jon Grubbs, Research Associate II, made from recycled metal, depicting a DNA helix while doubling as a plant trellis. Other works depart from science, with artists interpreting the natural world, addressing social issues as well as creating art about their fellow colleagues.
This year they'll even have one of their own performing at the reception. Local band, Disciples of Prime, led by Bryan Snyder, Manager, Systems Program Office, a longstanding member of the Roche team, will be on guitar and back-up vocals, with friend and fellow musician, Trish Kordas performing lead vocals. The band has been playing together since 2006, winning the Tucson area Battle of the Bands competition is 2009. Attendees at the opening will have the opportunity to enjoy this acoustic rock session and experience yet another colleague showcasing his art.
The reception will be held on July 27, 2017 at Roche Tissue Diagnostics, 1910 E. Innovation Park Dr., from 5 to 7 p.m. First, second and third place winners will be awarded by an external jury. Reception attendees will also have the opportunity to vote for People's Choice Awards.
The Ventana Gallery is open to the public, by appointment, Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on the first and third Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To schedule an appointment, call SAACA at (520) 797-3959 ext. 1. Forty-eight (48) hours advance notice is required.
Campus Exhibition Opening Reception
Exhibition Dates: July 27 - October 10, 2017
Opening Reception: Thursday, July 27 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Where: Roche Tissue Diagnostics1910 E. Innovation Park Dr.
Phone: (520) 797-3959
NOTE TO MEDIA: Photos available
About the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance
The Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance (SAACA) is a not-for-profit organization that exists to ensure that, through engagement in arts and culture, our communities produce strong, inspired citizens. SAACA enlists artists, businesses, governments, and individuals to expand artistic and cultural opportunities in their respective communities. To enhance access to the arts and to promote cultural awareness in the communities it serves, SAACA presents large-scale festivals, events and other programs. The Alliance also promotes educational opportunities in the arts and culture for all ages.
For more information about programs and events produced by the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance, go to www.saaca.org.