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.”
A retrospective of the work of gallery artist Anton Weiss will open Nov. 11, 2016 at the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center in Clarksville, TN. The exhibition continues through January 4, 2017.
Remnents 002 2011 Alum/copper/steel on panel
I have been honored to represent my friend Anton Weiss for 28 years-a consummate professional and master artist. Linda Ross
Gallery artist Margaret Munz-Losch was interviewed this week by Cindy McMillion for the June 2015 interview on connectingmemphis.com.
Poppy King, acrylic/colored pencil on paper mounted to panel, 50″ x 38“, is apart of the summer exhibition at the gallery and featured in the interview.
Poppy King 50″ x 38″
Munz-Losch’s exquisite Early Bird has also been chosen to exhibit at the American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore MD!
Early Bird 55″ x 24″
Kurt Meer E oil on panel 10 x 8
In his January 2 Commercial Appeal article, Pen & Brush, Fredric Koeppel spoke of several Memphis 2014 paintings and drawings which stayed in his thoughts through the year. Two paintings included from L Ross Gallery were Kurt Meer’s E from the August exhibition That’s All Right Mama and Melissa Dunn’s Just Outside Gloria’s Kitchen from her November exhibition You, Me, and Us.
Melissa Dunn Just outside Gloria’s Kitchen 48 x 48
Chuck Johnson Silence Has Spoken 40×30
Chuck Johnson is the January/February featured artist in the Mid South home and garden magazine Fix! Johnson’s L Ross Gallery exhibition Paradise Found opens Friday, February 6, 6-8pm.
On July 1 L Ross Gallery welcomed new Gallery Assistant, Lacie Glover. Lacie received her Masters in Art History from the University of Memphis in 2013 and brings a wide range of experience and talent to the gallery. Most recently she has been an adjunct instructor at University of Tennessee at Martin and while in school interned at the Ornamental Iron Museum and National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington DC.
Another of Jeanne Seagle’s amazing drawings has been selected for the prestigious Delta Exhibition! This 56th annual exhibition, showcasing the dynamic vision of the Mississippi Delta region, runs through September 28 at the Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock. Check our June post for two of Jeanne’s drawings that were juried into Art of the South 2014.
Jeanne Seagle Winter Trees