BNY Mellon’s expansive art collection is inspiring fresh perspectives, enlivening our workspaces and encouraging new ways to think about technology.
BNY Mellon’s celebrated history and rich cultural heritage date back to the founding of the Bank of New York in 1784 by Alexander Hamilton and the opening of T. Mellon and Sons' Bank in Pittsburgh in 1869. Spanning four centuries, our corporate art collection includes significant artifacts relating to the beginnings of banking and the capital markets in the United States, fine British watercolors and drawings, 19th century American paintings and contemporary works on paper.
Brian Lang, curator of BNY Mellon’s art collection, has the unique role of managing our worldwide art holdings. In Brian’s view, “Our collection reflects our heritage and history, and is an outward symbol of who we are as a company.”
One exciting way BNY Mellon’s art collection has been integrated into our business is the introduction of the “12 Stories Gallery” in Pittsburgh’s Innovation Center. A rotating exhibition space, the gallery showcases diverse works of art from the collection that speak directly to the importance of combining technology and innovation with creative thinking. In addition, our headquarters gallery includes such historical artifacts as the first loan to the U.S. government and various letters written by Alexander Hamilton.
BNY Mellon’s Innovation Centers around the globe are pushing the boundaries of technology to create “future-forward” solutions for the financial industry and our clients. Infusing a high-tech work environment with a bold visual component not only engages our people and clients in an unexpected way, but also encourages a fresh way of thinking about technology – how it is created and how it is used – and inspires us to continue innovating to build a future as rich as our past. Embracing the extraordinary can lead to exceptional results.