AG Edwards Corporate Collection
Seeking to enrich the community and enhance civic pride
through the creative arts
Additional Art in City Hall Galleries:
In Spring of 2006, the Redding branch office of financial services firm A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc. sponsored an exhibit of prints, photographs and posters from the St. Louis-based company's corporate art collection.
American Exploration & American Spirit: Selections from the Corporate Collection of A.G. Edwards was installed at the Redding City Hall art gallery for two months. Consisting of seventy-five images produced during the 19th and 20th centuries, the exhibition combined two separate shows, bringing together works that trace the westward expansion of the United States with pieces that visually define the ideas of liberty and the American spirit.
The American Exploration collection featured works from renowned artists Karl Bodmer and George Catlin. In the 1830s, both men made separate journeys up the Missouri River to record the landscape, wildlife, and customs of Native Americans. Catlin produced hundreds of portraits and portrayals of Native American life representing almost 40 different tribes. Bodmer's images were published in Travels in the Interior of North America, 1832-34, as an account of extended and often close contact with a number of tribes indigenous to the Great Plains.
The American Spirit collection took the observer on a different pictorial journey through the history of our nation, from images of 19th century "stump" speeches and Currier & Ives lithographs through Liberty Bond and military recruiting posters produced during World War I. Traveling on, the artwork entered the latter 20th century's pop art movement, highlighted by the work of Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. In addition, Peter Kaplan's photographs of the Statue of Liberty spoke to the American ideals of freedom and ingenuity.
A.G. Edwards/Wells Fargo Advisors maintains a collection of art that includes prints, photography, and vintage posters. In 1991, the firm created the traveling exhibit program, encouraging branch offices to partner with local art institutions to bring selections of the corporate collection to their communities. Since the program's inception, A.G. Edwards branches have collaborated with more than fifty institutions across the country to sponsor various exhibits.