Curating Local Gems

NB|AZ celebrates regional artists

Stained glass at the NB|AZ corporate office.

Step through the doors of a National Bank of Arizona (NB|AZ) branch and you are immersed in a gallery showcasing the artwork of celebrated local artists. Paintings, photographs and sculptures reflecting Arizona’s rich landscapes and regional culture beautify each of the bank’s 59 branches throughout the state.

“We’re a national bank, but we’re also a community bank,” says Dennis Calik, Manager of Corporate Properties. “In our branches throughout the state, when we’re remodeling or opening a branch, we work with the branch manager to hand-pick a combination of photos and paintings. Customers really like this.”

Supporting local artists is just one more way NB|AZ demonstrates its commitment to the community it serves. At the Biltmore branch in Phoenix, customers can enjoy the sweeping landscapes of renowned painter Curt Walters. Known internationally for his stunning depictions of the Grand Canyon, Walters is well known throughout the Southwest. The branch also features paintings by Charles Pabst, a legendary artist whose vivid western landscapes have been displayed in galleries throughout Arizona for 30 years. Other acclaimed artists featured at NB|AZ include photographers Chad McBride and Michael Fatali.

Patrons of the NB|AZ Sedona branch can enjoy artist Cynthia Rigden’s signature bronze horse sculpture. Having grown up on an 8,000-acre ranch in Arizona, Rigden captures the essence of western life through her stunning sculptures and portraits.

Several of the pieces are one-of-a-kind works that capture the history and culture of the local region.

“In Page, we have a unique piece that reflects the landscape of the region,” says Calik. “When we acquired that building in 2002, there was a 10-by-8-foot wood carving of the Glen Canyon dam.”

The carving is still on display for customers to enjoy a piece of the region’s history.

For customers and employees, having an opportunity to view artwork in the lobby and sculptures in front of their bank makes the experience even more enjoyable.

“In Williams, we had a manager who grew up in the area so we put up old photographs from the late 1800s and 1900s when Williams was a western town,” says Calik. “We have people who come into the bank who are not locals and it becomes a unique conversation piece.”

Story by Leigh Farr
Photography by Mark Lipczynski

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