Beyond the Build


Art in Our Lives

Over the years, I’ve had the privilege to meet many artists, a handful of whom I’ve come to know as friends.  George Jones, Jr., is a 4th generation broom maker from Florence, Ala. Jerry Brown was a pottery folk artist from Hamilton, Ala., and Bettye Kimbrell was a quilt maker who specialized in Cherokee leaf pounding. During their careers, Bettye and Jerry were recognized with the distinct honor of  being named a “National Endowment for the Arts” recipient. This is awarded annually to only 12 artists in the U.S.

At our place, we’ve worked to incorporate art into our surroundings, curating a collection of pieces that speak to the aesthetic of our campus. It’s my hope that having these works peppered throughout the office will spark a different kind of creativity in our team, inspiring them to think beyond the straightforward. After all, our success is more than just our profit and loss statement. It’s our impact on the communities where we serve both customer relationships and our team members.




Merrill Stewart Jr.

Merrill Stewart is Founder and CEO of The Stewart/Perry Company, a commercial building contractor based in Birmingham.