Rivard Report Features Group 42's Corporate Art Collection, Investment in Culture of Creative Thinking

Nancy Cook-Monroe of the Rivard Report published an article featuring outstanding corporate art collections of San Antonio businesses and featured Group 42. The article, “Corporate Collections Show Art Can Be Good Business”, was featured in the July 10, 2017, issue of the Rivard Report, which is San Antonio’s leading local online daily news source that focuses on government and politics, education, arts and culture, and business and technology.

Excerpt taken from "Corporate Collections Show Art Can Be Good Business" taken from the July 10, 2017, issue of the Rivard Report:

Nowart’s artwork “Van Gogh” is displayed in the Group 42 office. Photo by Bonnie Arbittier of the Rivard Report.

Nowart’s artwork “Van Gogh” is displayed in the Group 42 office. Photo by Bonnie Arbittier of the Rivard Report.

When Group 42, an energy-focused holding company, moved its offices to the Pearl, President and CEO Paul Bell saw the new space as a place to “showcase local artistic talent as an investment in a culture of creative thinking.” The offices include artwork by  local and international artists, including Rudy Choperena, Ansen Seale, Larry Graeber, Martha Durke, Ben Mata, and the late Reginald Rowe. Even the furniture is art. To furnish a three-sided meeting room, Harold Wood designed a triangular conference table using 400-year-old reclaimed wood handcrafted without nails or glue by cabinetmaker John O’Brien.

“We work with a lot of people internationally, and the art gives a nice talking point about our progressive culture and support of local artists,” Bell said. “Also, it’s a very calming and clean space, and employees appreciate that.”

San Antonio-based art curator Allison Hays Lane consulted with Bell and his wife, Audrey Mangold, and his brother Chris Bell, on the collection, making purchases in Basel, Switzerland, New York, Dubai, Berlin, and London. They also agreed on acquiring works on paper from national presses “to give a mixed-media feel to the art program,” Lane said.

“I like working with clients like Paul and Audrey who have an excellent art compass, but also enjoy pursuing new avenues and are willing to take a chance,” Lane said.

As an energy-focused holding company based in San Antonio, Texas, Group 42 enables its international subsidiaries to provide production enhancing chemical and mechanical solutions to oil and gas companies worldwide.

Group 42 is committed to supporting the San Antonio community including the arts and the development of future business leaders that share in a vision for progressive and sustainable community-wide growth.