The 2017 Emmett Award | April 6, 2017
The Emmett O’Ryan Award for Artistic Inspiration is given annually by Metropolitan Bank and Butler Snow LLP to an outstanding visual artist. The award is named in honor of Emmett O'Ryan, a founding Board Member of Metropolitan Bank.
Nominees are selected by a committee comprised of members of the Artist Advisory Council and members of the community.
Award recipients are selected by Metropolitan Bank in concert with leaders of the Artist Advisory Council - an initiative of ArtsMemphis that aims to strengthen our visual arts community through individual grants and professional development programs.
2017 Emmett O'Ryan Award Winner | Carl E. Moore
Carl E. Moore, a local visual artist, best known for his vivid, high-contrast paintings, is the recipient of the seventh annual Emmett O’Ryan Award for Artistic Inspiration. This award is presented by ArtsMemphis and generously sponsored by Metropolitan Bank, in partnership with Butler Snow. It is given each year to a local artist whose work demonstrates creative and civic leadership within the Memphis arts community.
As the “Emmett” winner, Moore receives a $10,000 cash award. ArtsMemphis President and CEO Elizabeth Rouse noted that “Carl was selected based on his decades of making outstanding work, along with his service to the Memphis community, ranging from his volunteer work at Caritas Village to his work as an adjunct instructor at the University of Memphis.” Moore is widely recognized for helping to strengthen the local artist community and for mentoring emerging artists. He has curated over 80 shows and his work has been displayed at numerous venues including the L. Ross Gallery, the Dixon Gallery, and Crosstown Arts.
Much of Moore’s work is focused on challenging racial and ethnic stereotypes. His subjects are often shown in moments of peril or distress, sometimes in urban environments, and he frequently uses a bold graphic style, with thick, arresting lines that call to mind commercial illustration. “I’m very honored to be a nominee and recipient of the Emmet Award,” Moore said. “This award means a great deal to the art community, as a whole, because it lets artists know that they are being recognized in a city so rich with talent. Art should be for everyone, accessible to everyone, and without limitations.”
The other two finalists for this year’s Emmett Award were:
- Maritza Davila is a Puerto Rican-born printmaker who teaches at Memphis College of Art. She is head of the printmaking/book arts/papermaking area and is chair of the Fine Arts program. Ms. Davila has won numerous awards, and her pieces have been exhibited all over the world, including shows in New York, Puerto Rico, Germany, France, and Norway. Her artwork is featured in several major collections, both nationally and internationally.
- Jennifer Sargent is an award-winning fiber artist whose work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and has been published in a number of periodicals. She is represented in both private and public collections including the Tennessee State Museum, Wichita Center for the Arts, Christian Brothers University and the City Collection of Memphis. Ms. Sargent has organized and curated many exhibitions, and she is an Associate Professor and former Director of Exhibitions & Lectures at Memphis College of Art.