The gallery in the lobby of the First National Bank of South Miami is named in honor of the Wirtz family patriarch Arthur M. Wirtz.

Wirtz, of Chicago, made his fortune in real estate and liquor distribution; he created the business in 1922.  The Wirtz Corp. also owns the Chicago Blackhawks hockey team and co-owned the United Center arena—where the Blackhawks and the Chicago Bulls basketball team play.

When the gallery opened, it was reportedly the first bank in the United States to have a registered gallery within the institution. 


Located in the lobby of the FIRST NATIONAL BANK OF SOUTH MIAMI, each month The Wirtz Gallery exhibits local and international artists. Gallery hours are: Monday – Thursday, 9a-4p; Friday, 9a-6p. Artist receptions are generally held on the second Friday of the month from 6-8p, and are open to the public. The bank is located at 5750 Sunset Drive, South Miami.

The summer months of exhibitions will feature Tropical Botanic Artists in the month of June, works by Marcela Garcia Bonini in July and Carmen Verdura and Emilio Hector Rodriguez
in August.

“Pollination to Fruition” is the title of an exhibition of original paintings by Miami-based Tropical Botanic Artists. The artworks celebrate the forms and methods evolved by Florida’s native plants to attract pollinators and disperse their seeds, from fastening themselves to passing creatures, to floating away on ocean currents or tropical breezes.

The August exhibition is entitled “WITHOUT RULES: The Different Languages of Creative Expression,” and will feature works by two artists: Carmen Verdura and Emilio Hector Rodriguez.


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