Bradford, Kennebec River artwork image; three ships on water

Cultural Heritage

March 2016

Image credit:
William Bradford, American (1823-1892), The Kennebec River; Waiting for Wind and Tide, c. 1855
Oil on canvas, Collection of BNY Mellon


BNY Mellon has an amazingly rich cultural heritage, from its 1784 founding by Alexander Hamilton as the oldest bank in the U.S., and T. Mellon and Sons' Bank opening in Pittsburgh in 1869 as the Mellon family’s business and predecessor to several hallmark companies.

Spanning four centuries, our collection includes significant artifacts relating to the beginnings of banking in the United States, fine British watercolors and drawings, 19th century American paintings and contemporary works on paper.

Proudly displayed in our global offices, the sophisticated collection impresses visitors with our long-standing commitment to the arts. It also creates a stimulating work environment for our people. Featuring works by an international group of artists from more than 30 countries, BNY Mellon’s art collection is a reflection of the diversity in our business, our people and our clients. An active lending program with museums and universities around the world provides valuable opportunities for us to share the collection with the public, create positive visibility for our brand and connect in meaningful ways with our clients, especially many of our wealth management clients who see, as we do, that art can be a sound investment.