Today we’d like to introduce you to Nancy Noyes.
Nancy, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
In 1978, when my younger son started school, I began my art consulting company. I was married to a dentist at the time and had selected the art for his office. Many of his colleagues asked about his art, and after finding out that his wife had chosen it,they asked if I would do the same for their offices. A company was born. I worked very part-time as my two boys grew up, but when I got divorced in 1988, I concentrated on partnering with architectural firms who specialized in healthcare, as that is where I believed art had the most impact. From there, it was working hard to make relationships that would bring me repeat business. During the 90’s I worked both locally and in California, Illinois, and Virginia. The first large hospital contract I won was for the North Colorado Medical Center.
I designed the art scheme for the new tower at North Colorado Medical Center. There I used my newly developed concept of art design called The Constructive Healing Cycle. It is a way to bring another healing element to a healthcare project by the selection and placement of art in a way that emulates the harmony of nature when in its most balanced state. This has become the basis for the “signature flow” that we incorporate into every project. Constructive Healing was inspired by the Feng Shui elements of Water, Wood, Fire, Earth and Metal. Placement of the art becomes as important as the selection of it. I explain to the client that it is not important that they totally understand our method. They will feel it! Since finishing the Greeley Hospital, I have completed many hospital projects in Colorado, California, Oregon, Virginia and Florida.
Although Healthcare became the foundation of my firm, we have since branched out into Senior Living, Hospitality and Corporate industries. It’s hard to imagine now how I designed and managed a large hospital project as a sole proprietor! Those days seem far away. I now have a wonderful staff that comes from the same philosophical thinking as I do and am more than blessed to have my younger son, Sam, as my business partner. Sam joined the firm in 2006 as the VP of Project Management. At that time, we also expanded the company to include the manufacturing of Plaq Mounts.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has been a wonderful journey; however, yes, there have been bumps in the road. In the 80’s it was the crash of the oil business in Colorado, so I pursued more business out of state. I landed an opportunity to work with one of the best designers around who was doing multiple projects in California, and together we designed two hospital projects, many outpatient surgery centers, Cancer centers and Senior Living spaces. It was a great collaboration and one that I consider the best of my career. Then came the crash in 2008. My son had moved back to Colorado in 2006 and we began a manufacturing company, making plaq mounted art as an addition to the firm. With the downturn of the economy, we had to shut down that division, give up our large space and shift to a leaner business model.
By 2009, we were ensconced in my extra bedroom in a downtown condo and started the rebuild along with so many others. It is in these times that you go back to basics and examine what works well and what you need to discard. Soon the economy began to recover and we did as well. Since that time, I have been cognizant of not growing too fast and of staying within my expertise. Big lessons brought big growth. It seems that all small businesses go through similar struggles, but hopefully, they land on their feet as we have. We now have a solid base and an incredible team that I wouldn’t trade for the world. I am busier than ever without any plans to retire. When you love what you are doing, it’s hard to imagine stopping.
We thought COVID-19 would slow us down, but it was opposite. I think, because I have been in business for 42 years, and because I did spend a considerable amount of time and good energy building relationships, none of our clients even put their project on hold! I count myself among the blessed for sure. I also realized during the quarantine period, that retirement, being on my own to fill my days, was not for me. Although we continued to work everyday, each from our own homes, I personally need the energy and the interaction that comes from being together in the office. We have such a darling office now that fills all of the needs we have with personnel and working space. The collaboration leads to much more creativity. I look forward to many more years of doing just that!
We’d love to hear more about Noyes Art Designs.
Noyes Art Designs is a full-service art consulting, signage and installation firm, known for many years as a healthcare specialist. Having realized early on that art needs to be more than just decor, I endeavored to make it be more about healing, productivity and about job retention. The Constructive Healing Cycle, developed by me in 2005, has become something that sets apart from others. When we create our signature flow following the elements of nature and their support for one another, we are able to create a harmony mirroring that of nature when in its most balanced state. This concept helps us bring the outside in, calming and invigorating a space in very different ways. Each element has a meaning, a color, a shape, and a material. Drawing on these elements as a design concept has been a wonderful way to elevate design.
In the last years, I have diversified and added divisions that work in more corporate spaces, in hospitality, senior living, and multifamily building projects. Also, now having prominent signage and installation divisions has elevated our services, offering more to our clients.
We recently designed and installed nearly 1500 signs at the new Outpatient Medical Center for Denver Health. The design reflects the interior intent that we used for the art design in this facility as well. These are the fun times when we have the opportunity to have one design discipline overlap with another. I am most proud of the work do, our attention to detail, our creative designs and our customer service.
What changes to the industry to I foresee coming to this industry.
I believe the healthcare portion of our business will shift to smaller clinics, outpatient facilities and will be much more cognizant of precautions taken to avoid virus transfer. Hospitals will continue to be built, but I think they will be configured differently. I foresee some of the “hominess” that was such a trend for the last 20 years, regressing a bit because of bacterial control. For us, that may mean using different materials for finishing. We already use many substrates that are easily cleaned. I think that use will increase. There very well be a change in large corporations planning for more distanced workspaces, as well as planning for more work from home situations. It was fairly easy during COVID-19 to work remotely; however, I don’t see that collaboration, brainstorming happening as effectively from home as it does when teams are together.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
Absolutely it was the moment my son joined me in this ever changing, ever growing business. Since his arrival, we have weathered a recession, built a team that is unlike any other in this industry, designed 5 large hospital projects, among many other projects, and have created two new divisions in the company. Seeing him beginning to take the reins gives me great confidence that Noyes Art Designs will prosper for years to come.
- Finished reproductions from $400 – $900
- Finished limited editions and textural/dimensional pieces $800 – $2000
- Commissions range from $4500 – $75,000
- Address: 411 Kalamath Denver, CO 80204
- Website: www.noyesartdesigns.com
- Phone: 303-332-8838 or Nancy direct 303-332-3353
- Email: email@example.com
Noyes Art Designs