The Mayor as Artist

Shelby County mayor A C Wharton gets honorary art degree.


Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton may be color-blind, but that didn't stop the Memphis College of Art from giving him an honorary degree last weekend.

During MCA's 2009 commencement ceremony, Wharton, MCA trustee Ellen Cooper Klyce and former Commercial Appeal arts writer Fredric Koeppel, were all given honorary doctorates of fine arts.

Wharton, also the commencement speaker, said the students would step out into the world not as a new generation but as the re-generation, a reference from Thomas Friedman's book, Hot, Flat, and Crowded.

"What if the world was without color and only shades of gray, black, and white?" Wharton asked. "What you have to offer is bigger than your canvas and field of study."

Keep the Flyer Free!

Always independent, always free (never a paywall),
the Memphis Flyer is your source for the best in local news and information.

Now we want to expand and enhance our work.
That's why we're asking you to join us as a Frequent Flyer member.

You'll get membership perks (find out more about those here) and help us continue to deliver the independent journalism you've come to expect.

Add a comment