First National Bank of South Miami Exhibits Underwater Images from UM Rosenstiel School Collection

SOUTH MIAMI, Fla. – Images from the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science’s Annual Underwater Photography Contest will be on display through May 30, 2009 at the First National Bank of South Miami, Kendall Branch (7887 North Kendall Drive, South Miami.) The bank’s Gallery is a public art space that is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday the gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 1p.m.

The 24 images on display depict underwater themes submitted by amateur photographers from more than 7 countries. Currently in its fifth year, the Rosenstiel School’s contest accepts photographs in three categories: wide angle, macro and fish or marine animal portrait. Besides winners in each category, one ‘Best Overall” image is selected, and additional prizes are given to three UM student entries. Images from the contest are displayed in this traveling exhibit throughout South Florida as part of the Rosenstiel School’s educational outreach agenda. For details, visit

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to share this stunning collection of marine images with the local community and with our customers,” said Veronica Birch Flores, Executive Vice President of First National Bank of South Miami. “Since the opening of the Wirtz Gallery in 1983 we have held more than 300 exhibits, which have served to foster a strong relationship with our community, while providing emerging artists with a place to showcase their talent. Having the UM Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric photographs in display is a special treat for all to enjoy.”

About the First National Bank of South Miami
Since 1952, First National Bank of South Miami has dedicated its resources to serving the financial needs of every sector. The bank’s first priority is to ensure it meets the financial needs of its customers without delay. Knowing its customers well has allowed the bank to develop and provide detailed, individual assistance to our clients, and provide award-winning services.

First National Bank of South Miami has always been respected for its professionalism, integrity, security and solvency. The financial institution’s quality has consistently earned it recognition and the highest ratings from independent industry analysts. Its continued quality and active role in the South Miami Community has earned the bank many loyal customers throughout the years.

The Wirtz Gallery was opened in 1983 in memoriam to Arthur M. Wirtz, past Chairman of the Board of the First National Bank of South Miami.The mission of the Wirtz Gallery is to provide a professional setting for all levels of artists to display and sell their artwork, with no fee due to the gallery. It provides the public with the opportunity to enjoy art of all types of media.

About the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School
Founded in the 1940’s, the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science has grown into one of the world’s premier marine and atmospheric research institutions. Offering dynamic interdisciplinary academics, the Rosenstiel School is dedicated to helping communities to better understand the planet, participating in the establishment of environmental policies, and aiding in the improvement of society and quality of life. For more information, please visit

Media Contacts:

Barbra Gonzalez
UM Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science
Marie Guma-Diaz
UM Media Relations Office

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