Hambidge Center’s Argent Financial Fellowship for Ruston Artists Now Accepting Applications

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Argent Financial Group, a leading independent fiduciary wealth management firm, announced today that it will sponsor a third fellowship for the Hambidge Creative Residency Program. Applications are now open for the 2021 summer session that begins in May and runs through August.

The Argent Financial Distinguished Fellowship provides a $700 stipend and a two-week creative residency at the Hambidge Center in Rabun Gap, Georgia. Ruston residents who work in the visual arts, writing, ceramics, dance, music or culinary arts are eligible and encouraged to apply.

“We are thrilled that Argent Financial is supporting, for the third consecutive year, our mission of recognizing and supporting the creative individuals who make Ruston a great place to live,” said Jamie Badoud, Hambidge Center executive director. “Musician Shayla Blake, who received the 2020 Argent Financial Distinguished Fellowship, and inaugural recipient, printmaking artist Raluca Iancu, have been able to use the funds to continue to improve their craft and grow into artistic leaders in Ruston.”

“Argent is honored to continue our support for the Hambidge Creative Residency Program and help artists realize their creative and professional dreams,” said Kyle McDonald, Argent Financial Group CEO. “Our company believes that a vibrant artistic community is essential to sharing new ideas that make our world a better place to live.”

The deadline for applications is Friday, January 15. For more information and to apply, visit the Hambidge Center website at www.hambidge.org.

About Hambidge Center
For more than 85 years, the Hambidge Center has been nurturing creative talents within the arts and sciences at its 600-acre creative sanctuary in the Blue Ridge Mountains, providing the space and time needed for visionary works to be conceived and developed. Nine individuals are in residence at any given time — each has private accommodations and studio space, and shares communal dinners prepared by the Hambidge chef. The public is invited to the Center on Saturdays for a series of programs that include artist talks, nature hikes, gristmill visits, weaving demonstrations, gallery openings and other special events.

About Argent Financial Group
Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2020, Argent Financial Group (Argent) is a leading, independent, fiduciary wealth management firm. Responsible for more than $30 billion in client assets, Argent provides individuals, families, businesses and institutions with a broad range of wealth management services, including trust and estate planning, investment management, ESOPs, retirement plan consulting, funeral and cemetery trusts, charitable organization administration, oil and gas (mineral) management and other unique financial services. Headquartered in Ruston, Louisiana, Argent was formed in 1990 and traces its roots back to 1930. For more information, visit www.ArgentFinancial.com.


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