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While NEMA is filled with techies, 220 Montgomery is packed with tenants that moonlight as painters, photographers, and sculptors. (Every elevator ride might also be an elevator show.) An exhibit packed with tenants' artwork launched in the lobby Nov. 18 and runs through the end of February. We snapped Swig Co. property manager Chris Wong amidst the exhibit, which includes a pair of watercolor and gouache pieces by Monroe Personnel Service and Temptime's Michelle Biyal. Swig tapped Artsource Consulting to curate the rotating exhibits.

The Swig Co. also owns 180 Montgomery across the street. In the past, tenants there could also participate in 220's art exhibit, but this year the building is on the market. Swig, along with Mitsui Fudosan America, bought the 25-story building back in early 2007 for $128M. Whoever buys the 300k SF office tower will inherit a poster child, credit tenant: 180 is the corporate HQ for Bank of the West, one of the largest commercial banks in the (you guessed it) Western US.