Organizations Invited to Display KVAL Art Pieces

Local businesses and public spaces can support the arts and beautify their environment through a series of rotating art exhibits being piloted by OC Creative and the Kishwaukee Valley Art League. In what is being called KVAL’s Occupational Creativity (KVAL OC Project), area businesses can display work by a local artist in their space. Every three months, the art will be swapped out for fresh pieces, creating seasonal interest year-round. “Having creativity around someone’s place of work can spark a team’s inspiration. It helps keep everyone’s day a little more unique and exciting,” said Brian Oster, creative director at OC Creative. “At the very least, creative art should make you pause and ponder for a moment, resetting your mindset.” Oster and his staff are passionate about the arts. Believing that creativity is under-exhibited in the community, Oster began brainstorming ways they could bring more artwork into the view of the public.

The blank walls at OC Creative provided the inspiration. Oster approached KVAL with an idea of turning his company’s DeKalb office into an exhibit space. “They have a huge commitment to their gallery in downtown Sycamore, but we started asking how we could get their members’ artwork in front of the community outside their space,” Oster explained. “Our office is open Monday through Friday; if people want to see artwork or an artist wants to use this as an exhibit hall, we can do that.” While offices like OC are a start, ideal locations would be public buildings that get regular foot traffic, like restaurants or municipal buildings. The mission of the KVAL OC Project is threefold: engage the community with art, decorate public spaces, and give artists a place to exhibit. To participate, businesses and organizations can start by buying a standard hanging kit. The kits, which use the same hardware KVAL uses to hang art in its gallery, cost $100 to $150, depending on how many pieces you plan to display. For a donation of $100 per quarter to KVAL, the organization will receive four to six pieces of art to display. Businesses and organizations can select the artists they would like to hang on their walls, ranging in size from 1-foot-by-1-foot to 3-feet-by-4-feet.

The artwork will rotate each quarter, so each year a location can display 16 to 24 unique pieces of art. Should an artist sell a piece on display, they will replace it with a new one. “The investment is minimal but the payoff is a win for the artist, the employees, and the community,” Oster said. “Whether art provides someone a momentary escape or inspiration, joy or reminisces, the hope with this project is to bring art to the masses.” For information about the KVAL OC Project or to participate, visit, email or call 815-762-0885.

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