Mattie Boyd and Hope Hudson Presented Scholarships by RiverArtsFest

Chuck Mitchell of RiverArtsFest presents scholarship awards to Mattie Boyd '18 and Hope Hudson '18. (Left to right)

Scholarships were announced at the RiverArtsFest Invitational Opening on Oct. 13, and Mattie Boyd 18 and Hope Hudson 18 of Rhodes College were each presented with a scholarship in the amount of $1,000.

RiverArtsFest is a non-profit organization that seeks to promote and develop public appreciation and support for the visual and performing arts in Memphis. As part of their mission, the organization presents merit-based scholarships to talented students pursuing degrees in studio arts programs through Memphis-area colleges. Students are nominated for consideration by their respective art departments, which also submit samples of the students’ work for review.

“Our sincere thanks to RiverArtsFest for their vision in supporting young artists in Memphis.  This is especially important for those students who are in the process of envisioning their lives as creative individuals after finishing their undergraduate education,” says Prof. David McCarthy, chair of the Department of Art and Art History. “For an institution committed to developing the skills and passion needed for life-long learning, Rhodes College is honored that RiverArtsFest shares our goal to further the presence of the arts in our city, now and in the years to come.”

RiverArtsFest has awarded more than $30,000 to area college students since founding the scholarships. In addition to supporting arts-related activities throughout the year at local schools and other venues, RiverArtsFest produces a fine arts festival each year that includes a juried art market, an invitational art show, live musical performances, artist demonstrations, and interactive art stations.