The Microsoft Art Collection began in Redmond in 1987 when the company had approximately 2000 employees and occupied six buildings. The Collection includes 4000+ works of art and is divided among more than 80 buildings throughout North America. The emphasis in the Collection is contemporary art from around the world, displayed for the benefit and enjoyment of Microsoft employees, their guests and our customers. The Collection includes painting, sculpture, works on paper, photographs, ceramics, studio glass and video.
Presenting original art in the workplace offers an important respite, inspiration, and challenge for the thousands of people who interact with the Collection every day. Art inspires creative thinking and offers people a chance to see life from a different perspective, which can in turn foster elements essential to a company’s success. The critically-acclaimed Art Collection program contributes to regional art communities and has also become a community resource through its outreach programs and lending of artworks to local and national art museums.
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