A travel trend that has become more popular are artsy hotels. By integrating art, U.S. hotels not only have strong ties to the art world, but also engage customers by acting as art galleries themselves. Have you considered artsy hotels in your next travel plan?
The goal is to make art and culture more accessible to all who visit. We are pleased to share information on the art offerings and programs from W Miami in Florida; Hotel Revival in Baltimore, Maryland and Quirk Hotel – a Destination Hotel in Richmond, Virginia. These incredible artsy hotels are clearly setting a new standard.
ocated in Miami’s vibrant Brickell neighborhood, boasts a partnership with the Smith Davidson Gallery. It features several works of the gallery’s mixed media art throughout various areas of the hotel. Upon check-in, the W Insider asks if guests are interested in going on a personal tour of the hotel’s art collection. They have the option of purchasing the pieces, which can run up to $23,500. Featured artists in this rotating collection include American-born Paul Rousso, South African-born Gavin Rain and Federico Bianchi and Giuseppe Linardi, both from Argentina.
As a Destination Hotel, this boutique, art-centric hotel is located in an Italian Renaissance building originally built in 1916. Initially as the J.B. Mosby Dry Goods Store, it’s situated in the rising destination of Richmond, Virginia. The luxury hotel offers a carefully curated, artistic experience that showcases distinctive art throughout the property’s 74 guest rooms and suites. In addition, the Maple & Pine restaurant and bar, rooftop terrace bar and lounge and public meeting spaces are also available to guests.
Blending sophistication, flare and humor, the hotel’s guestrooms and suites take a subtle riff on the husband/wife dynamic of the owners. The luxurious rooms culminate in the perfect marriage of masculinity and femininity. As a result, each room features a palate predominately composed of warm-pink, gray, walnut brown, white and black. Therefore it allows alternating pink and gray colored walls (Benjamin Moore’s “Love and Happiness” and “Gray Owl” respectively) to serve as the idyllic backdrop. Local artwork created by artists both locally and nationally is proudly hung. It also makes it easily available for travelers to purchase if they so choose.
The property is Baltimore, Maryland’s newest boutique hotel in the historic Mount Vernon neighborhood. The 101 West Monument Street address where Revival stands has a rich past rooted in art. The site was once a private mansion owned by art enthusiast Mary Elizabeth Garrett. Hence, her home also served as the city’s first public art museum, housing the Baltimore Museum of Art collection until its new gallery was completed in 1929. In a nod to this history, a prominent art narrative is woven into Revival’s design and guest experience. Below is an outline of the many partners, artists and artisans who are represented inside the hotel.
Philadelphia-based Paradigm Gallery curated an eclectic collection of artwork, from both emerging and established local artists. This art is used for guest rooms and public spaces. For example, a California-based remix artist, who customized a unique large-scale, collaged wallpaper, comprised of hundreds of digital photographs. The art is displayed in the hotel’s prominent, open stairwell. Baltimore Artstar hand painted a floor-to-ceiling mural depicting the neighborhood’s historic “Howard’s Woods” region that encompasses the lobby.
Paradigm Art Company is helping to bring local partnerships to life by curating artwork throughout the hotel. The goal is to make art and culture more accessible. Therefore, thanks to this art program, Hotel Revival will house exceptional pieces by a variety of artists. You can see them in both the public spaces and guest rooms, including those of several Baltimore artists which I have listed out below. Paradigm has gone so far as to coordinate the in room art selection. Works are placed by particular artists’ in rooms that end in like numbers, so that guests can book rooms depending on the type of art they like.
Beth Hoeckel is a multidisciplinary artist and illustrator based in Baltimore MD. Her main area of expertise is in the medium of collage. Beth began her first widely-known series of collages in 2010 and has been a full-time freelance artist since 2012. Over the past 5 years her work has been exhibited around the world and published in many prestigious books and magazines.
Baltimore Print Studios is a public-access letterpress and screen printing studio. It’s located in the Station North Arts & Entertainment District in Baltimore, Maryland. The studio is run by husband and wife team Kyle Van Horn and Kim Bentley. Both have adopted their love for printmaking over many years of occasional classes, personal projects, and commercial work.
Chris Stain was raised in the working-class neighborhood of Highlandtown in Baltimore, Maryland. His interest in art began with NYC subway graffiti in the mid-1980s. Having learned printmaking methods in high school, he eventually shifted his technique toward stenciling. Chris adapts images from photographs and works with spray paint, stencils, and paper to create interior/exterior works. He seeks to convey an authentic contemporary document that illustrates the triumph of the human spirit. Hence that spirit is experienced by those in underrepresented urban and rural environments.
Baltimore Artstar is a Baltimore based decorative painting and faux finishing company founded by Kelly Walker in 2002. Artstar specializes in hand-applied, atmospheric finishes. The art captures and enhances the charm of any environment with sophisticated drama. Artstar has hand painted a floor-to-ceiling mural depicting the neighborhood’s historic “Howard’s Woods” region that will encompass the lobby.
Mary Ellen Martinez has contributed woven works to the hotel space. Fiber art is HOT right now! And it’s not going away anytime soon. As a result, it’s why Paradigm has included embroidered and woven works in Revival.
Jasjyot Singh Hans has six original pieces commissioned for Revival. He is originally from Delhi, but moved to Baltimore to attend MICA. Hans is still Baltimore-based, after receiving his MFA. A proponent of beauty in all colors, shapes and sizes, Hans works directly reflects. His beautiful art pieces speak to body image issues, bullying and homosexuality.
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