Biography

Teresa Mary DeChant

 

Education:

Ohio University, Athens, Ohio   B.S., Magna cum Laude, Interior Design

Magnificat High School, Rocky River, Ohio Magna cum Laude

Professional Experience

Art Consultant, Two major Heathcare Institutions, Cleveland, Ohio (15 Years)

Art Consultant and Appraiser, Chicago, Illinois and Cleveland, Ohio

Corporate Interior Designer: Granzow & Guss Architects

Art Director, Out of L.A. Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio

Professional Statement:

As a corporate Interior Designer for a turnkey architectural firm, my professional experience provides me with a  unique professional art consulting background. I have been trained to architecturally consider finishes, furnishings, and lighting when selecting artwork.

I have 28 years experience as a professional fine art consultant, and curator to corporations, hospitals, financial institutions and private individuals. This includes sales, marketing, contract negotiation, and art acquisition, advisory services for current collections, fine art exhibitions and archival preservation. I partner with clients to build an art collection that both reflect the client’s interests and aesthetic needs along with creating a collection of great value. Strongly support important local artists as well as nationally recognized artists.

Summary of Past Projects:

  • Ogletree Deakins- Cleveland, Office
  • Firestone Country Club
  • Majestic Steel
  • James Breen Real Estate, LLC, API Global
  • Art Consultant to Nuveen Investments in Chicago. Worked with CEO and Staff of Nuveen. Inventoried 126 existing artworks and arranged for their archival storage, reframing and conservation as necessary. Researched and planned new Fine Artworks and sited them on six floors of their newly renovated spaces at 333 Wacker Drive. Integrated their existing art collection into the remaining spaces. Researched and planned new artwork for Nuveen Investments Minneapolis, three floors of their recently opened offices.
  • Art Consultant to Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan and Aronoff, an International Law Firm based in Cleveland. Worked with Managing Partner and five Lawyers on Art Committee. Fine Art planning of their firm’s move to three floors of the BP Building. Responsibilities included: Organized the reframing and re-siting of their existing artwork; coordinated with their art committee on new acquisitions and executed the purchases, framing, delivery. Supervised the Fine Art installation and documentation.
  • Art consultant to a world-renowned hospital system with facilities in Ohio and Florida.

For 15 years provided fine art consultation to over 40 buildings and projects. I reported to the CEO and COO. My professional responsibilities included: Research, plan, site and secure artwork and coordinate commissions; Write artwork specifications and present artwork proposals to the CEO, Chief Operating Officer, Aesthetics Committee and department administrators; Curate over 1,500 artworks.

Professional Responsibilities : Art Consultant

  • Review architectural drawings
  • Coordinate art layout and design with client expectations and functions
  • Analyze and evaluate furnishings for design of fine art within architectural furniture plans
  • Research and procure fine artwork (paintings, sculpture, tapestries, original prints, photography, etc.)
  • Evaluate artwork, bids and proposals
  • Prepare budget proposals Coordinate and plan artwork with prominent architects, (Including Cesar Pelli’s Office) and Department Heads
  • Write artwork specifications
  • Supervise delivery and installation of artwork
  • Site artwork per architectural plans
  • Oversee and assist with framing, lighting, selecting security hanging mechanisms, labeling of artwork and plant placement for the protection and enhancement of artwork
  • Provide client with visuals and archival information of artwork and artists (as available)
  • Submit artwork insurance evaluations
  • Selected list

Board of Governors (2005)

Center for Genomic Research (2005)

Cole Eye Institute (1999-2001)

Digestive Disease Center A-3 (2001)

Foundation House (1995)

Guest House (2000)

InterContinental Hotel and Conference Center (2002)

Inter-Continental Suite Hotel (1999-2000)

Lerner Research Institutes (1999)

M-42 Pediatric Cardiac Treatment

Minimally Invasive Surgery (1997)

P-1 Fountain (1998)

Surgical Center P-1, P-2, M-1 (1997)

Taussig Cancer Center (2000)

Urology Department A-10 (2002)

Walker Center: Lobby, Rehab Medicine, 9th & 10th Floors

Women’s Center (2002)

Satellites:

Chagrin Falls, Ohio

Independence, Ohio

Lakewood, Ohio

Lorain, Ohio

Naples, Florida: Clinic and Hospital

Solon, Ohio

Strongsville, Ohio

Westlake, Ohio

Weston Florida: (Clinic, Conference Center, Hospital)

Willoughby Hills, Ohio

Wooster, Ohio

 

Curated Art Exhibits (selected list):

Calligraphy Exhibit (1998, 2000, 2002, 2004)

NASA Glenn Research Center Art Exhibit (2001- 2002, 2005)

75th Anniversary Exhibit- Photography Show (by Jennie Jones, 1997)

Cleveland Institute of Art Invitational (1999)

Emergency Dept. Community Art Contest (1995-2003)

Employee Art Show (annual) ; Nursing Display (1996-2004)

Healing Art: Communicating the Cancer Experience (1994, 1995, 2000, 2001)

Images of International Diversity (1999)

Kinetic Art Show (1997, 2001)

Nature: A Cure for Stress ( annually for 11 years)

Very Special Arts Exhibit (handicapped artists) (2001, 2002)

Women in Art Exhibit

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After graduating Magna Cum Laude from Ohio University with Interior Design as my major, I held two Director of Interiors positions during my five years in Interior Design.

Granzow & Guss, Architects, Inc. in Columbus, Ohio Director of Interiors. Completed projects for such clients as Taft, Stettinius & Hollister in Cincinnati, Ohio and Washington, D.C.; Smith & Schnacke Law Firm in Dayton, Ohio; and various Bank One facilities throughout Ohio. My professional responsibilities included the following: Formulate budget proposals for interior finishes, furnishings and artwork; Initiate and evaluate programming and design with client expectations and functions; Coordinate furnishings and artwork contracts to support interior architectural plans; Provide art consultation and procure artwork

IKM/SGE, an architectural firm in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania The second directorship for the Interior Design Department included projects with a special emphasis on healthcare. Clients included Western Psychiatric Institute and John J. Kane Hospital, as well as the conceptual planning for Pittsburgh National Bank. My professional responsibilities included: Developed project design and budget proposals; prepared and executed client presentations, bid document and evaluation; provided art consultation and procured artwork.

 

Professional Affiliations:

Cleveland Museum of Art Fellow Member

CMA Painting and Drawing Society Member

CMA Contemporary Society Member

Art Institute of Chicago Member

Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland member

Society Arts in Healthcare (National Organization) Member

Speeches:

Society Arts in Healthcare: San Diego, California, April – 2003

Intown Club, Cleveland , Ohio: October – 2004

Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, Ohio “The Dynamics of Art Preservation” 2007

WINN : The Fine Art of Art Collecting 2009

Ursuline College: Art, Color, Design.

DeChant Art Consulting Projects:

ALL ERECTION AND CRANE HEADQUARTERS BUILDING

Cleveland, Ohio

DENNIS LEEBOW ResidenceMoreland Hills, Ohio NUVEEN INVESTMENTSMinneapolis, Minnesota
ALFA ROMEO SHOWROOMCleveland, Ohio

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Columbus, Ohio

OGLETREE DEAKINS

Cleveland, Ohio

ASSISTANCE IN MARKETINGBaltimore, Maryland DEPENDABLE CHEMICAL COMPANYRocky River, Ohio

OHIO SAVINGS BANK PLAZA

Cleveland, Ohio

ATHENS COUNTRY CLUBAthens, Ohio

ERNST & YOUNG (formerly Ernst Whinney)

Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio

OHIO UNIVERSITY

Chillicothe, Ohio

BANK ONEColumbus, Ohio FIRESTONE COUNTRY CLUBAkron, Ohio PAUL LACOUTURE, ESQ.Dayton, Ohio
BIOMEC,IncCleveland, Ohio

GATEWAY STADIUM LOUNGE

The Jacobs Group, Cleveland, Ohio

Rockwell, Automation

Mayfield, Ohio

BENESCH FRIEDLANDER COPLAN & ARONOFFCleveland, Ohio INTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTERCleveland, Ohio

RUSSELL REYNOLDS

Cleveland, Ohio

BISTRO DES ARTISTESCleveland, Ohio J. & E. ENERGY MANAGEMENTColumbus, Ohio

SMITH AND SCHNACKE (Law Firm)

Dayton, Ohio

BP AMERICAPublic Square, Cleveland, Ohio

KING JAMES GROUP

Cleveland, Ohio

STERIS CORPORATION

Mentor, Ohio

CENTRAL OHIO ORTHOPAEDIC, INC.Columbus, Ohio L. J. MINOR CORPORATIONCleveland, Ohio

STOUFFERS RESTAURANT

Cleveland, Ohio and New York, New York

CENTER FOR PLASTIC SURGERYBeachwood, Ohio LINDY’S RESTAURANTCleveland Hts., Ohio

TAFT, STETTINIUS & HOLLISTER, LPA

Cincinnati, Ohio and Washington, D.C.

CITIZENS NATIONAL BANKUrbana, Ohio

MAJESTIC STEEL

Cleveland, Ohio

TETLAK, INC.

Cleveland, Ohio

CIVIC SAVINGS AND LOANJackson, Ohio MAXUS INVESTMENT GROUPCleveland, Ohio

TOWER NATIONAL BANK

Findlay, Ohio

CLEVELAND MARBLE COMPANYCleveland, Ohio MEDICAL LIFE INSTURANCECleveland, Ohio

VORYS, SATER, SEYMOUR & PEAS, ATTORNEYS AT LAW

Columbus, Ohio

CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ARTCleveland, Ohio

METROHEALTH MEDICAL CENTER

Cleveland, Ohio

DR. WALTER HAUSERColumbus, Ohio and Seabrook Island, South Carolina
COLE NATIONALCleveland, Ohio NATIONAL CITY BANKCleveland, Ohio

WESTON, INC.

Cleveland, Ohio

COLUMBUS SAVINGS AND LOANColumbus, Ohio NATIONWIDE ADVERTISINGCleveland, Ohio THE WYATT COMPANYCleveland, Ohio
DAVID LOWE, ESQ.Thrasher, Dinsmore & Dolan

Chardon, Ohio

NUVEEN INVESTMENTSChicago, Illinois

Fine Art Services

Fine Art Design, Layout and Planning

Paintings / Sculptures / Photography / Tapestries / Kinetic Art / Mobiles / Portraiture / Antiques / Tromphe l’Oeil Painting / Murals / Mosaics / Bas Relief – Stone / Bas Relief – Metal

FRAMING: Custom Framing / Archival & Protective Framing / Locking Systems

INSTALLATION: Site Planning & Supervision / Shipping

ART LIGHTING: Consultation / Recommendations

RESTORATION: Complete Restoration and/or Repair of Artworks / Re-installation / Art Appraisals for Insurance or Estate Purposes