The Edmond Sun

November 5, 2012

Kirkpatrick Bank announces art acquisitions

Special to The Sun

EDMOND — Kirkpatrick Bank recently supported the local artist community by purchasing art pieces from three local artists for the bank’s main office at 15 E. 15th St. in Edmond. The pieces, slated to be hung throughout the four Edmond and Oklahoma City branches, were created by local artists Suzanne Peck, Romy Owens and Chad Mount.

The pieces range from abstract inspirations to grey Oklahoma landscapes to colorfully sewn photographs. Six pieces in total make up the most recent purchases. Their inspirations include the body of work of Keanu Reeves, the flux in seasons which Oklahoma is experiencing now, and a chance odyssey of a lost piece of art. Their differences complement the diverse collection throughout the bank branches.

These purchases further the mission of Kirkpatrick Bank in promoting community involvement, supporting local artists and expanding the wide-ranging collection of art in the bank.

Kirkpatrick Bank is a business bank serving Oklahoma and Colorado with branches in Edmond, Oklahoma City and Colorado Springs. Originally chartered as American Bank and Trust in 1970, the bank was acquired by the Kirkpatrick family in 1988, a troubled year for many Oklahoma banks.

The Kirkpatrick family, one of Oklahoma's leading families in banking and energy, is also noted for philanthropic leadership supporting communities and the arts. Kirkpatrick Bank is noted for its extensive art collection on display at the bank’s various branches. Bank Chairman Christian Keesee was recognized this year by the Oklahoma Arts Council, being the 2012 recipient of the Governor’s Art Award. He was also recognized by the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region with the Business Leader in the Arts Award.