Inez Simons Baird majored in art and minored in business, and the combination has proven to be a perfect blend for the 1991 graduate’s career. She is an art consultant. Baird and her husband started a company, Art Resource Team in 2000.
“We work with architects and design firms to put together art packages for companies, hospitals and other organizations,” she says. “We gather information from the client and look at the space and the walls and the colors. And we look at the client’s budget. We then find artwork—whether it’s originals, prints or fine art posters—that provide the best look for the space. We’re like your personal art shopper. We think about all the artists we’ve met over the years, hone in on the image that the client wants to project and negotiate costs with the artists. We work with artists so many times that we’re able to stay within a budget by negotiating.”
Baird launched her career with a low-paying, entry-level job. “The year I graduated I went to work for an art gallery in downtown Cincinnati,” she says. “They were very heavily into finding art for commercial projects. So I got a little taste of that by working there as an administrative assistant. I just got my foot in the door. It was a $5-an-hour job and it proceeded to go from there.”
Baird expanded her career in October 2008 when she and her husband opened an Art Resource Team gallery in the Cincinnati suburb of Wyoming. “I’ve always dreamed of having a gallery,” she says. “We decided to open the gallery because we have a love of art and we always have art sitting around waiting for projects. We promote local, regional and national artists at the gallery. The art includes everything from original paintings to photography. We also have artful gifts, creative dishware, handmade scarves and jewelry. The key is that everything is artfully done.”