Argent Financial Group announces continued sponsorship for Hambidge Creative Residency Program  

RUSTON – Argent Financial Group, a leading fiduciary wealth management firm, announced today that the company will sponsor a fellowship for the Hambidge Creative Residency Program. This will be the company’s fifth consecutive year sponsoring.  

The Argent Financial Distinguished Fellowship is available to residents of Ruston who work in writing, visual arts, dance, ceramics, culinary arts or music – and provides a $700 stipend along with a two-week residency at the Hambidge Center in Rabun Gap, Georgia. The applications will be evaluated by the Hambidge Center’s panel review process.   

“Argent is proud to continue its support of the Hambidge Creative Residency Program,” said Argent Financial Group CEO Kyle McDonald. “We believe supporting Ruston’s creative residents does more than allow the individual to hone their own art, but also inspires future generations and creates a stronger, culturally robust community.”  

The Hambidge Creative Residency Program is the oldest residency program in the Southeast and provides a self-directed experience for creative individuals to work and produce, think, experiment or rejuvenate their talents.   

Each resident is given their own private studio which provides work and living space with a bathroom and full kitchen. The studios are designed to protect the time, space and solitude that allows residents to focus on their work. 

“We are grateful to Argent for their partnership and continued support in our mission to nurture creativity,” said Hambidge Center Development Director Kathryn Banks. “We are looking forward to giving the next Ruston resident a place to develop, explore and express their creative voice.” 

Past Ruston Argent Financial Distinguished Fellowship recipients include author and illustrator Chlese Jiles, visual artist Frank Hamrick, musician Shayla Blake and inaugural recipient printmaking artist Raluca Iancu. 

For more information and to apply, visit the Hambidge Center website at

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