Year long celebration of honored country, France, continues with unveiling of poster during Memphis Symphony Orchestra Performance

Wednesday, May 29, 2024 The Greater Memphis Chamber, in conjunction with ARTSMemphis and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, debuted the 2024 Memphis in May Honored Country Poster on Saturday, May 25 at the Cannon Center at 7:00 p.m. Celebrating France for all of 2024, the Chamber commissioned a fine arts poster through ARTSmemphis to commemorate France, continuing a longstanding tradition of the Memphis in May International Festival. This year’s chosen artist is  Michele Noiset. The poster debuted during the Symphony’s performance of DVOŘÁK NEW WORLD SYMPHONY on Saturday, May 25 at the Canon Center for Performing Arts. The fine arts poster is sponsored by Phelps Dunbar and 1910 Frameworks.

Noiset, an acclaimed illustrator and Assistant Professor of Illustration at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock, has a rich career spanning the publishing, advertising, and editorial sectors with prominent clients like McDonald’s, Nickelodeon, and the New York Times. Noiset has a long history when it comes to France, with her parents having sought refuge during World War II from Belgium to Toulouse, France. She was recommended by an ARTSmemphis selection panel comprised of curators from museums and academia, and arts organization representatives.

“We are grateful to the Chamber for continuing to recognize local artists and applaud Michele for being selected by the Chamber as the latest in a long line of distinguished Memphis in May Poster artists,” said Elizabeth Rouse, President & CEO for ARTSmemphis .

“We couldn’t think of a better partner than ARTSmemphis to help us find the artist that would embody the spirit of Memphis with a nod to France. For the Chamber team, Michele captured the soul of Memphis in her artwork, while at the same time capturing the strength of France,” said Ted Townsend, President & CEO for the Greater Memphis Chamber. “France is a crucial trade partner to Memphis and Tennessee: Tennessee imports more than $1 billion in products from France each year (up 83% from 2017-2022) and the state exports nearly $500M per year to France (up 17.5% from 2017-2022). Throughout this year, we will continue to honor France it’s ties specifically to Memphis business.”

The poster will be available to purchase through 1910 Frame Works and Gallery at their store at 2029 Union Avenue or on their website at




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One of Memphis’ oldest institutions, dating back to 1838, the Greater Memphis Chamber is a privately funded nonprofit that serves as the region’s lead economic development organization and the “Voice of Memphis Business” on local, state, and national issues. The Chamber’s mission is to drive the Memphis business agenda for Greater Memphis. We do this by relentlessly pursuing prosperity for all — through economic and workforce development, pro-growth advocacy, and by providing support and resources to its investors, which include many of the region’s largest employers.