Recognition is for extraordinary contributions to and in support of arts and culture
Tampa, Fla. (May 19, 2019) – Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture & the Arts (“Tampa Bay BCA”) (“TBBCA”) is proud to announce BNY Mellon Wealth Management as the TBBCA 2020 Business Impact Award Honoree. TBBCA annual Impact Awards celebrate honorees for their extraordinary contributions to and in support of arts and culture.
“We are thrilled to recognize the engaged leadership of TBBCA Board Director Christopher Swink, who is BNY Mellon Wealth Management Senior Director, and the firm for their robust support of arts and culture in our community,” said Stephen Gay, TBBCA Board President and Co-Chair of Impact Awards. “BNY Mellon Wealth Management have demonstrated their strong belief in the importance of private sector financial and other contributions to ensure a healthy and thriving business and arts and cultural eco-system.”
“BNY Mellon Wealth Management is honored to be distinguished with the 2020 Impact Award,” said Christopher Swink. “I am proud of our firm’s strong and enduring commitment to making art central to our corporate identity, and to being proactively involved in art programs, sponsoring arts and cultural exhibitions, events and discussions around our art collection, especially here in Tampa Bay.”
Art and investment in culture are intertwined with BNY Mellon’s history and the firm’s connections with employees, clients, and community. The BNY Mellon Corporate Art Collection today is one of the largest and most important collections of art in the world. It spans four centuries of art and holds some 5,000 works including historic artifacts, British watercolors and drawings from the 18th to 20thcenturies, 19th century American paintings, and contemporary art. The collection of artifacts that deal with the history of banking in the U.S. stretches back to the founding of The Bank of New York by Alexander Hamilton in 1784. That is joined by the rich heritage passed down from the Mellon family, who were legendary art collectors. Andrew Mellon served a long tenure as U.S. Secretary of the Treasury. He later formed the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. His son, Paul Mellon, led the expansion of the National Gallery with the East Wing and was known as one of the greatest collectors of British art.
Brian Lang is the Curator of BNY Mellon’s corporate art collection. For over 20 years, Lang has managed the company’s worldwide art holdings, a diverse portfolio of works that he sees as a reflection of the vibrant, creative BNY Mellon organization. “I work closely with museums and other cultural institutions, consult with business teams including BNY Mellon Wealth Management, and develop innovative ways to link BNY Mellon’s rich heritage with a world of constant change,” remarked Lang.
“The BNY Mellon contemporary collection is our largest, and still growing. One of the aims is to support living artists at integral stages of their careers,” Lang explained. “Its major genres include printmaking, drawings and photography. Much of the art collection rotates between BNY Mellon’s clients offices around the globe. It is viewed as a cultural investment, enhancing the connections with clients and the employee experience with stimulating environments where innovation is fostered and arts and culture are valued.”
“There are also always pieces on loan, at no charge, to museums and exhibitions,” Lang added. “Since 1980, there has not been a single day when some work of art from the BNY Mellon collection was not on loan to the public. The art collection has partnered with Wealth Management for decades, and is a vital part of BNY Mellon’s support for museums and other cultural institutions.”
The most recent BNY Mellon Artwork loan is to the Tampa Museum of Art for the exhibition “Frank Stella: Illustrations after El Lissitzky’s Had Gadya from the Collection of BNY Mellon.” Co-curated by Brian Lang and Joanna Robotham, the museum’s Curator for Modern and Contemporary Art, the exhibition debuts to the public June 1st, 2020. Frank Stella is recognized as one of the greatest living American artists. “The exhibition on loan from the BNY Mellon collection is very special,” said Lang. “It will feature the complete portfolio of Stella’s twelve prints, each unique in technique and color.”
About BNY Mellon Wealth Management
For more than two centuries, BNY Mellon Wealth Management has provided services to financially successful individuals and families, their family offices and business enterprises, planned giving programs, and endowments and foundations. It has $236 billion in total client assets, as of March 31, 2020, and an extensive network of offices in the U.S. and internationally. BNY Mellon Wealth Management, which delivers leading wealth advice across investments, banking, custody and wealth and estate planning, conducts business through various operating subsidiaries of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation. For more information go to www.bnymellonwealth.com or follow us on Twitter @BNYMellonWealth.
Founded in 1989, Tampa Bay BCA is one of the national Business Committees for the Arts, and proud member of the private sector network and national pARTnership Movement of Americans for the Arts. TBBCA’s mission is to unite businesses to champion arts and culture for a prosperous community – “The arts are good for business, and business is good for the arts”. The annual Impact Awards benefit TBBCA programs, especially The Charlie Hounchell Art Stars Scholarships. For information contact TBBCA Executive Director 813-221-2787 www.tbbca.org