The Microsoft Art Collection began in Redmond, Washington, in 1987 when Microsoft had approximately 2,000 employees and occupied six buildings. Today, the collection includes almost 5,000 works of art and is displayed in more than 180 buildings throughout the world. The collection emphasizes contemporary art from around the world, displayed for the benefit and enjoyment of Microsoft employees, their guests, and Microsoft customers. The Microsoft Art Collection includes paintings, sculpture, works on paper, photographs, ceramics, glass, multimedia works, prints, collages, drawings, fiber art, metalwork, mixed media, and associated archival materials.
The Microsoft Art Collection's mission is to create an inspiring work environment that fosters creativity and innovation.
We do this by displaying artwork that:
Reflects the Microsoft’s standards of innovation and creativity.
Represents the diverse and global community of Microsoft employees and our customers.
Humanizes and energizes the work environment.
The Microsoft Art Collection further supports this mission through employee programming and collection stewardship practices that are designed to reflect and advance Microsoft’s culture, values and corporate citizenship at Microsoft.
Art in the work environment fosters elements essential to a company’s success, as responses in a recent survey of 32 companies attest. They felt that art in the workplace:
Enhances employee morale
Leads to networking opportunities
Increases creativity and productivity
Broadens employee appreciation of diversity
Encourages discussions and expression of opinions
Evidences the company’s interest in improving quality of life in and outside of the company
Helps to build customer and community relations
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Untitled (Miles Davis,"Pharaoh's Dance"), 2011
24 x 18 inches
The Microsoft Art Collection staff is unable to accept unsolicited inquiries by artists or their representatives at this time. Unsolicited materials sent to us will not be accepted or returned.
We work closely, however, with art galleries in building the collection. Gallerists can send announcements (please, no e-mail) to:
Microsoft Art Collection
One Microsoft Way
Redmond, WA 98052-6399
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