MEMPHIS, TN (August 25, 2017) – Frank D. Robinson Jr. is the recipient of the fifth annual Emmett O’Ryan Award for Artistic Inspiration, given by Memphis-based Metropolitan Bank to a local artist whose original work indicates continued artistic significance.
Robinson, was nominated for the award by Memphis Brook Museum of Art. The award comes with a $2,000 cash award and the nominating organization receives $500.
The Emmett O’Ryan Award is given annually by Metropolitan Bank in honor of the late Emmett O’Ryan, an avid art collector who was a founding board member of Metropolitan Bank. The winning artist is selected by a committee composed of Metropolitan Bank associates, a member of the ArtsMemphis board of directors, a member of Mr. O’Ryan’s family.
Mr. Robinson’s work is created in various mediums, including paint, pencil, markers, and interesting objects he happens to find. Mr. Robinson’s addresses many relevant social issues, reminding us that art has the ability to convey powerful messages and to address the need for social change.
“It is important to us at Metropolitan Bank that we honor Emmett O’Ryan’s memory and his contributions to the bank and to the arts,’’ said Phillip May, Metropolitan Bank president. “We are grateful to the organizations that each year help to make the Emmett O’Ryan Award a reality. We also are grateful for all of the artists who submitted outstanding work and the impact that their works of art has on enhancing the quality of life in our community.’’
Other artist nominees for the 2015 Emmett O’Ryan Award included:
The work of all nominees will be on view February 25—March 27, 2015, at Metropolitan Bank, 1661 Aaron Brenner Drive, and 5264 Poplar Ave.