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Whitney Hardy

Executive Director, Young Arts Patrons, Memphis, Tennessee, USA

Whitney Hardy is an entrepreneur and philanthropist with a passion for innovation in business and the arts. She is currently the director of entrepreneurial programs at EPIcenter Memphis.

With a passion for business and the contemporary fine arts, Whitney founded Young Arts Patrons, a non-profit organization of under 40 philanthropists that believes in the collective action of pooling financial resources to make a larger impact for the arts community. Through YAP, Whitney started Young Collectors Contemporary Art Fair, an art fair focused on promoting the collecting, development, and reinforcement of emerging and mid-career artists and curators. She was recognized in DapperQ's 2016 Top 100, selected as one of the Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce 2016 Young Memphian, named in The Inaugural Class of 40 Under 40 Urban Elite, and listed in The Memphis Flyer's 2017 20 Under 30 Class. She serves on the ArtsMemphis Artists Advisory Council, River City Capital board of directors, Memphis Delta Prep Charter School board of directors. She received her master's in accounting from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.