Kissick’s founder & president Pete Browne has a passion for art. Browne, who is past chair of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art’s Society of Fellows, has been instrumental in Kissick’s involvement in implementing art around Kansas City. The Nelson has been an integral part of Browne’s life since he was about 7 years old. “It’s a wonderful place for inspiration and refuge,” he said. “Getting the company involved and excited about art and using our creative sides has been a fun thing to do.”
In the fall of 2018, Kissick facilitated 6 installations for the city’s Open Spaces Art Festival. The temporary arts experience involved the installation of more than 100 pieces of art. Considering their previous experience installing structures, the creators of the exhibit knew Kissick would be good stewards of the task.
Working with the artists on these installations has been an enriching experience for Kissick’s staff and has piqued employees’ interest in local art. Kissick is a proud supporter of Kansas City’s arts scene and believes supporting art is as important as their construction projects. “Sometimes art needs a little concrete and steel, and excavation and backfill,” Browne said. “We’re proud to partner with local arts organizations to help make it a reality.”
Continuing our support of art in public spaces in 2019, Kissick Construction undertook the installation of Michael Stutz’s sculpture Walking Woman in Leawood, Kansas. Kissick Construction’s high standards of craftsmanship and positive work ethic help build the trusting relationships with clients and stakeholders that we value so highly.