Supporting the Arts
Metropolitan Capital occupies the entire North Annex of the historic Tree Studios, a workshop to many of Chicago's great artists over the past century. The recent comprehensive restoration has returned this property to its original glory, featuring extensive terra cotta reliefs, 18-ft. ceilings and four 12-ft. picture windows. Original period finishes, railings, bay windows and built-in cabinets decorate the Bank’s 24 additional rooms, including two conference rooms on the first floor, mezzanine offices for the Private Capital Managers that overlook the Bank's main and second floors and a grand conference room in one of the second floor Great Rooms.
In addition to preserving the physical building, we intend to preserve this building’s artistic spirit through a strong tie to the art community. Metropolitan Capital launched, "Art Works Chicago", which features rotating exhibitions of work by prominent Chicago artists displayed in the workplace setting.
Several shows each year feature artists in the Chicago nexus, enriching an already unique space with fine artwork. This initiative creates a platform for employees and visitors to meet artists, better understand the art making process, and engage in thoughtful dialogue. The art and unique space gives the bank a very non-traditional feel. This non-traditional approach is at the core of what we do – developing creative solutions to complex financial situations for our clients and partners.
Michael Finnegan: Beyond the Obvious features work by Chicago artist, Michael Finnegan. Influenced by artists such as Francis Bacon, Josef Albers and Johannes Itten, the well-known Swiss color theorist, Finnegan has been looking for ways to interact and engage with the sensations and experiences that he finds interesting and compelling. He derives ideas from music and looks for the colors and shapes of the rhythms and sounds.
“I see color and texture in music. Much of my art comes from my understanding of music. Recorded and live music often triggers, or even dictates, the compositional structures I create in my studio.”
- Michael Finnegan
After playing with these ideas, Finnegan then creates wooden forms and shapes that he can build and bend. Finnegan has been commissioned by numerous companies such as Price Waterhouse Cooper, Grant Thornton, Neiman Marcus and BMO Harris Bank.
Acrylic on Baltic Birch • 90 x 7 in
Acrylic on Baltic Birch • 32 x 46 x 6 in
Poem for (Someone I’ve Never Met)
Acrylic on Baltic Birch • 33 x 34 x 4 in
Acrylic on Baltic Birch • 28 x 62 x 6 in
Acrylic on Baltic Birch • 34 x 44 x 8 in
Acrylic on Baltic Birch • 14 x 44 x 5 in
Waltz Moon River
Acrylic on Baltic Birch • 58 x 53 x 5 in
Acrylic on Baltic Birch • 30 x 36 x 9 in
Chovenda Na Roseria Groove
Acrylic on Baltic Birch • 36 x 36 x 3 in