Learn how The Progressive Art Collection began
When Peter Lewis unveiled the new Progressive corporate headquarters in 1974, he envisioned a unique, modern space that reflected the creative and innovative culture of the company. To achieve that vision, he purchased a few pieces of original, contemporary art to display throughout the building. He saw this not only as a way to energize the workspace, but also as an opportunity to provoke passionate discussion—and to foster a culture of Risk, Learn, Grow.
As the company grew in scale, so did the collection. From Peter’s original “works-on-paper” collection of 30 photographs, prints, and drawings, we’ve flourished over the decades, into a world-class collection of more than 10,000 contemporary artworks, including sculptures, paintings, photography, and new media. As diverse as it is vast, the collection features more than 2,000 contemporary artists from 70 different countries. We don’t hold any artworks back for permanent storage. We install all artworks where our people are, in offices throughout the country, and offer in-person and virtual education opportunities for every Progressive person, regardless of location.
Each year, thousands of our employees, their friends and families, and the public engage with the collection through tours, seminars, artist talks, exhibitions, and team activities.