Emmett O’Ryan Award for Artistic Inspiration
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.
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.
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.”