Press Release: Metropolitan Bank Honors Memphis Artist with Emmett O'Ryan Award

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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:

  • Yvonne Bobo
  • Jana Broussard Travis
  • Michele Noiset
  • Cedar Lorca Nordbye
  • Brian Pera

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.

About Metropolitan Bank:
Metropolitan, the banking subsidiary of Metropolitan BancGroup, Inc., is a $720 million financial institution. After its successful acquisition of Bancsouth Financial Corporation and its subsidiary, Bank of the South, in 2008 and its acquisition of a Tennessee state bank charter, Metropolitan currently operates seven full-service banking offices in Mississippi and Tennessee. Metropolitan offers a full range of financial products and services, including personal and business transaction accounts, online and mobile banking and bill payment, mortgages, home equity lines of credit, construction, commercial and consumer financing, treasury management, Xpress deposit, remote deposit capture and merchant card services. For more information, visit
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