Artist-entrepreneurs Katy Crowe and Coleen Sterritt develop The Halo™ by ArtAegis art storage travel frame!
After many years in the studio, painter Katy Crowe recognized the need for an easier, more convenient, and reusable system to transport and store her oil paintings. Her idea sparked a collaboration with sculptor Coleen Sterritt and the two artist-entrepreneurs founded ArtAegis. They developed the concept, built prototypes, and tested The Halo™ kit resulting in a product that fulfills the unmet need for “off the shelf” protection of 2-dimensional artworks in transit and storage.
Katy Crowe was born in Pasadena, CA and has been a practicing abstract painter for 40 years. She received her BFA from the Santa Barbara Art Institute and after attending MICA (Baltimore, MD) where she received an MFA and living in Europe for a year, she returned to Los Angeles where she has been painting and exhibiting ever since. Her work is included in collections such as Sun America, the Capitol Group, and is included in the McNay Museum collection in San Antonio, TX. She has worked as a conservation technician for the past 20 years, working primarily with Fine Arts Conservation, specializing in 3D objects. Visit her website.
Coleen Sterritt is a Los Angeles-based artist, known primarily for her abstract, hybrid sculpture. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States and Europe and is included in public and private collections, most notably the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. She is a recipient of numerous residencies, grants, and fellowships including the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, the National Endowment for the Arts, the J. Paul Getty Trust Fund for the Visual Arts /California Community Foundation and the City of Los Angeles Individual Artist Fellowship (COLA). She’s taught art and design since 1983 and is currently a professor and head of the sculpture program at Long Beach City College. Sterritt was born in Morris, Illinois. She holds a BFA from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and a MFA from Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles. Visit her website.
It is important to protect paintings during transit, and The Halo is a unique reusable method for doing so. The Halo™ is a quick and easy way to provide a collar for your paintings. It is particularly useful for unframed paintings or those that have a shallow frame.
—Linnaea Saunders, conservator of paintings, Los Angeles
I find The Halo™ a huge time saver! No more cutting and bending strips of cardboard, and all the mess it makes in my studio. I also like the strength of The Halo™; I don’t have to worry about it holding up during transportation. Also, I find I use it over and over, unlike cardboard, it stays strong, it’s durable. And finally, I like the way it looks, professional and smart.
—Mary Jones, artist NYC
The Halo™ was a safe, simple and economical way to ship my work from LA to NYC. When combined with a cardboard case it provides the structural integrity of a crate at a fraction of the cost. Best of all, The Halo™ disassembles for future use without taking up valuable storage space. It is a truly innovative and indispensable product for painters seeking a safe and cost-effective shipping solution.
—Stas Orlovski, artist Los Angeles
The Halo™ is an ingenious design for protecting, handling, storing, and safely shipping original works of art. This is an incredible and affordable artist designed method of encapsulating artwork, customizable for size. It is an easy to use, reusable, recyclable, time and money saving device. As a picture framer, artist, and shipper of artwork for many years, I can strongly recommend it for its clever design and multiple time saving uses.
—Marty Steele, artist, framer, art shipper
ArtAegis encourages you to reduce your contribution to our landfills by using The Halo™ for transporting and storing your 2 dimensional art work.
Don’t let your packing materials end up in the dump!
Acknowledgments: Katy and Coleen are grateful to the many individuals who helped with the design, prototyping, photography, and business development of ArtAegis and The Halo™ kit: Everett Babcock, Nick Cardoza, Julia Couzens, Ronald Dunlap, Thomas Gin, Carol Goldstein, Doug Henry, Orlin Ivanov, Mary Jones, Marie-Laure Leglise, Holly Phillips, Peter Moffett, Stas Orlovski, Javier Palomares, Michael Reilly, Nancy Rothwell, Greg Shirk, Joy Silverman, Roy Thurston, Takako Yamaguchi, and Eric Zammitt.
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