SAS Art and Scenic Operations

The most coveted job among artists in the local Cary, Raleigh NC area is resident artist at SAS institute. It’s the best company to work for in the United States located in a top 10 city ranked for quality of life.

I had a wonderful tour there today and I promised no direct quotes or pictures so here is all I can write on my humble blog which no one reads. I don’t even read it.

There are two talented painters on their full time staff who, according to their supervisor, are like chameleon artists in that they can paint in any style. They can produce very quickly whatever is needed, whatever is wanted. These artists are sent to classes each year to acquire new knowledge and have nice studio space and an office at the facility. They are encouraged to compete locally in juried shows and to show in galleries. OMG, pick me! I can learn to paint!

When SAS has a new space to plan or wants to re-vamp an existing space, they first look to their extensive inventory of fine art. If they don’t already have appropriate works for the project, they then decide if it’s feasible to produce work in-house and many of the artworks placed throughout the SAS campus have been produced in-house. In the event there is nothing in inventory and it is determined that the best course of action is to make a purchase, the two resident artists are in charge of purchasing art from other sources.

At this facility they use CAD designers to plan new projects. They have a computerized router that cuts designs on the computer out in wood, foam, or metal. It even vacuums up the dust and shavings.  I need one of these for my house! $80,000 …uh…ok. Maybe not.

When planning a major event, they present the local fire inspector with blue-print plans that include chair placement for inspection and approval before moving ahead. On staff they have welders, and carpenters. Highly creative people working together.

The Christmas theme this year is France and for that this incredible team is fabricating the Eiffel tower and other amazing, french-themed eye fulls. They created a 4 foot tall sculpture called Balancing Act in wood for the entry space of one of the buildings on their own campus. The designing of this piece was a team effort. The original concept was drawn out, then reworked for 3D.  Later, the team was asked to make a larger version for the world class soccer facility here in Cary. The new version is about 26 feet tall and had to be made of steel. It was produced by the Arts and Scenic Operations team except for the 4 foot diameter steel ball. This was ordered from a company that specializes in balls of steel.

These people design things and make them happen. …but they also repair furnishings and other assets when needed. When the company has a new product coming out, these are the people who create the splashy background scenes and art for shows and presentations. They produce models used in commercials.

They never know what they will be doing from one day to the next so they are always flexible enough to make anything and everything the company needs. (disclaimer: this is not a direct quote. At least a couple of words have been changed, possibly more. Any resemblance to reality is merely a coincidence.)

3 Responses

  1. Sounds like a job I’d love too!

  2. If you’re serious, e-mail me and I’ll send you the contact info for the director of this division.

  3. Your blog is so informative … ..I just bookmarked you….keep up the good work!!!!

    Hey, I found your blog in a new directory of blogs. I dont know how your blog came up, must have been a typo, anyway cool blog, I bookmarked you. 🙂

    Robert Shumake Paul Nicoletti

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