Meet the 2016 OSE Jurors!
Juliana Novozhilova was hired as an Artist in Residence at SAS in 2000 soon after graduating from the University of Texas with a BA in Studio Art. She quickly expanded her skill set and today has more than 300 pieces in the corporate collection. Juliana’s artistic versatility allows her to move with ease from abstract to representational imagery, from oils and acrylics to watercolors and pastels, from two dimensions to three, from an intimate scale to a monumental one. While her work is predominantly exhibited by SAS, she has also participated in juried shows and solo and joint exhibitions in the region.
Bill Rodgers, MFA Theatre/Design Technology, is an art designer and curator for the art collection. Before coming to SAS in 1999, he taught theatre design at Meredith College from 1994-1999 and served as the Resident Scenic Designer/Technical Director for the Raleigh Little Theater from 1984-1994. He was originally hired as the Lead Scenic Artist for a division of SAS that was creating video games. They also ventured into the world of scenery for live performances, and Bill designed productions for The National Opera and North Carolina Theater and supervised the construction of Carolina Ballet’s original Nutcracker. All told, he has designed over 200 theatre productions and has been known to step into the studio himself to create the occasional masterpiece for the collection.
Juliana and Bill work together, as well as with ownership, architects, and interior designers to find unique art solutions for the company’s facilities and sprawling grounds. Their shared responsibilities include researching artists and galleries, commissioning and procuring art, designing and coordinating art placement and framing, and cataloging the works. They are instrumental in the realization and care of SAS’ extensive corporate collection which holds a vast selection of paintings, glass, pottery, photography, and over 30 monumental sculptures.
The SAS sculpture collection started in 1993 with the acquisition of the iconic “Subconscious Musings” by the late regional artist Peggy Burke. Throughout the 90’s, more pieces and artists were discovered through shows like the annual Pier Walk in Chicago. While the designs tend to be mostly sleek and abstract with dynamic compositional movement, there is the occasional touch of whimsy. The sculptures are often sought and placed as signatures of the individual buildings or areas of campus. As the buildings grow in size, so do the sculptures; currently the tallest work is 40’ high. The collection includes artists working across the United States as well as Canada, Mexico, and France.
When researching monumental sculpture, Juliana and Bill do almost all their initial research online, culling through hundreds of websites and images. They compare notes and create proposals for ownership who make the selections. Juliana and Bill facilitate the processes of design, commission, fabrication, delivery, and installation. They are always looking for innovative ideas, excellent craftsmanship, and professionalism.