50 for 50 Artists

Working artists are the lifeblood of a creative community. For ArtsWestchester’s 50th Anniversary, we launched the “50 for 50” initiative, recognizing 50 outstanding artists living or working in Westchester County.

ArtsWestchester honored these 50 artists for their contributions to the arts in 2015:


Tim Armacost
Tim Armacost
Composer
I have had the good fortune to… have been enriched by the ease with which jazz incorporates concepts from musical traditions around the world.
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Sidra Bell
Sidra Bell
Choreographer
I strive to incubate new forms and ideas in contemporary dance, and to touch a broad community with work that is challenging and empowering.
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Derek Bermel
Derek Bermel
Composer
I’m a composer of music in many styles and genres – from symphonic and theatrical to hip-hop and film. I love to get my hands on the music, to feel it through playing it.
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Hayes Biggs
Hayes Biggs
Composer
My work increasingly embraces the full continuum between tonal and non-tonal idioms. I am inspired by poetry of all kinds, and by the possibilities of the human voice… my musical personality is a fundamentally lyrical one.
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Chester Biscardi
Chester Biscardi
Composer
As a composer, I am increasingly interested in setting text to music. Emily Dickinson, Denise Levertov, Thorton Wilder, Allen Ginsberg, Muriel Rukeyser, even the American Songbook serve as inspiration and source material for my compositions.
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Nancy Bowen
Nancy Bowen
Visual Artist
Nancy Bowen is a mixed media artist known for her eclectic mixtures of imagery and materials in both two and three dimensions. Her work offers a poetic commentary on our quickly changing material culture.
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Suzanne Cleary
Suzanne Cleary
Poet
I want my poems to be entertaining and profound, hilarious and heart-breaking, well-crafted and wild. I love a poem that takes risks. My favorite question is “Can I get away with this?”
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Andrew Courtney
Andrew Courtney
Visual Artist
My work ascends from an early background in painting, ceramic sculpture, Fine Arts teaching and activism for social change. My image making is concerned with those places and people where social struggle is at the edge of transition.
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Susan Cox
Susan Cox
Visual Artist
I think about both the physical and the psychological/metaphorical ideas that I want to convey. The architecture of the idea and the movement of light are important themes
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KJ Denhert
KJ Denhert
Composer
I write and record songs about what I know…I want my music to express a musical and lyrical balance between finding inspiration, seeking justice and fending off despair.
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Thomas Doyle
Thomas Doyle
Visual Artist
Typically populated with miniature figures contending with quiet calamities, my work often merges quotidian vignettes of American life and scenes of destruction to achieve an unsettling equilibrium.
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Karen Engelmann
Karen Engelmann
Writer
It took decades to take up my real work: writing long fiction. It felt impossible and highly impractical, but turned out to be an irresistible calling.
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Marcy Freedman
Marcy Freedman
Performance Artist
For the last ten years I have focused on video and performance art. These genres allow me to address a wide range of contemporary issues. I often present my work in public venues to reach people from all walks of life.
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Richard Haas
Richard Haas
Visual Artist
The architecture of America, and especially that of its inner cities, has been a major part of my artwork. I have tried to record my observations and studies of our rich and unique urban environment.
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Marie Howe
Marie Howe
Poet
I have hoped to write about the contraries of love and joy and pain and loss and bewilderment and wonder in poems that are accessible to everyone.
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Carla Rae Johnson
Carla Rae Johnson
Visual Artist
Making art is for me simultaneously an act of rebellion and a gift. When I am in my studio working, I am defying logical, practical, and socially acceptable norms.
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Laura Kaminsky
Laura Kaminsky
Composer
It is crucial that I compose profoundly honest music that is both powerful and outwardly-directed, in tandem with more introspective and intimate works.
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Martin Kruck
Martin Kruck
Visual Artist
My photographic projects often involve multi-layered interpretations of place… views of hotels, zoos, museums, parks and other human and animal environments are combined to create new scenes that explore ideas of post-naturalistic photography.
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Michael Levinson
Michael Levinson
Filmmaker
“The Hyperglot,” is a good representation of my career thus far… the theme of communicating in many languages, particularly with humor, remains an important facet of my artistic ambition.

Malcolm MacDougall III
Malcolm MacDougall III
Visual Artist
My large-scale work play off organic and inorganic metaphors. The projects stem from a fascination with the natural sciences, in particular, microscopy…on a macro level, I also draw from geological processes.
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John Maggiotto
John Maggiotto
Visual Artist
My photographs…are objects to share, invitations to stop and look again. The world doesn’t move too fast, we do…My best efforts convince some to take a second look.
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Bibiana Huang Matheis
Bibiana Huang Matheis
Visual Artist
To truly capture the essence of a subject, there must exist an understanding and a respect for its being. With each photograph, I hope to create a space in which we can be at peace.
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Howard Meyer
Howard Meyer
Playwright
My primary focus as a playwright is to weave social issues and concerns into dramatic narratives that explore obstructions and opportunities in intimate relationships.
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Creighton Michael
Creighton Michael
Visual Artist
My work extends a visual vocabulary that was initiated by the paintings of Mark Tobey and Cy Twombly… my studio practice has centered on investigating the diverse facets of drawing.
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Brian Morton
Brian Morton
Writer
I write novels in the belief that what D.H. Lawrence said a hundred years ago is still true: the novel is the “one bright book of life.”

David Neumann
David Neumann
Choreographer
I make multi-disciplinary dances from scratch, bringing to gesture, word and proximity a delighted embrace of our contradictory lives. I seek to create complex dances that push the form.
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Bruce Odland
Bruce Odland
Composer
My work is to remember to listen to the world around me, to find beauty and meaning in the sounds, and make pieces that reward the experience of hearing.
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Jill Parry
Jill Parry
Visual Artist
I am a figurative painter and fiber artist. In my figurative paintings and portraits, my intention is not just to create a likeness but to express emotions and ideas.
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Jerry Pinkney
Jerry Pinkney
Visual Artist
I have explored many different subjects. It is as if they all sit next to me in my studio, patiently waiting until the right time to leap onto my drawing table.
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Lise Prown
Lise Prown
Visual Artist
I explore the intersection of technology, interactivity and everyday actions and objects. The goal of my work is to reach as broad a cross section of viewers as possible.
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Nalini Rau
Nalini Rau
Choreographer
Driven to express themes meaningful to me, I found myself writing, which transformed to dance. As a choreographer, dance is a journey into my innermost being even as I reach out to the world.
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Marilyn Richeda
Marilyn Richeda
Visual Artist
I work intuitively, allowing my imagination to dictate the direction of the work… Color and surface treatment are of the utmost importance to me… color is what seduces me, and it profoundly affects how I work with clay.

Christopher Robbins
Christopher Robbins
Visual Artist
My work is on the uneasy cusp of public art and international development, creating sculptural interventions in the daily lives of strangers. I use heavy material demands and a careful work-process to craft awkwardly intimate social collaborations.
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Dyan Rosenberg
Dyan Rosenberg
Visual Artist
The phrase “Abstract Realism” has been used to describe my work. My innate sense of form and color guide me in all of my artistic creations.
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Marisa Scheinfeld
Marisa Scheinfeld
Visual Artist
I began documenting the remains of the [Borscht Belt] era..I find myself enamored with these leftovers, which in the present day reveal themselves as a transcendent study of contemplation, dwelling between the intersection of culture, landscape and time.
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Peri Schwartz
Peri Schwartz
Visual Artist
For the past fifteen years the subject has been the interior of my studio and a collection of bottles and jars filled with beautiful liquids.
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Barbara Segal
Barbara Segal
Visual Artist
I transform seemingly simple objects into lush, sensual memories of childhood, status and youthful rebellion… I share secrets of coming of age and entomb conflict and disappointment beneath patterned and tiered surfaces.
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Michael Shapiro
Michael Shapiro
Composer
As a composer, I am called upon to write for different ensembles throughout the world for works that vary in content, purpose and occasion.
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Maxine Sherman
Maxine Sherman
Choreographer
As a dancer and choreographer, I breathe life into the human form to express ideas and emotions that cannot be expressed in language alone.


Bettijane Sills
Bettijane Sills
Choreographer
I am steeped in the tradition of choreography as a visualization of the music and I use the classical ballet vocabulary to represent that concept.

Peter Sis
Peter Sis
Visual Artist
I express myself through my art, and hope that others may enjoy it. I would like to enlighten people and show them how the world is fascinating, and complex and inspiring.
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Dave Steck
Dave Steck
Filmmaker
Every project starts as just an idea or feeling I want to convey. Once I can articulate it, I know I have a vision of what the project will be.
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Susan Todd & Andrew Young
Susan Todd & Andrew Young
Filmmaker
As filmmakers, we believe in the power of cinematic storytelling to create empathy and understanding about the world around us.
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Rebeca Tomás
Rebeca Tomás
Choreographer
In my work, I strive to find a balance between tradition and innovation. My goal is to remain faithful to the essence of Flamenco while asserting my own voice and incorporating contemporary perspectives.
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Eduardo Vilaro
Eduardo Vilaro
Choreographer
My vision is to continue to create and promote dance work that reflects the Latin American experience… and to build a contemporary Latino language of movement that provokes dialogue and breaks stereotypes.
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Neil Waldman
Neil Waldman
Visual Artist
The earth’s landscapes brighten my darkest caverns/They are the beating of my heart/and their glorious colour is the stuff I breathe/Raging rivers are my life’s blood/Fields of flowers feed me
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Chris Wedge
Chris Wedge
Filmmaker
I’ve spent my career looking for new ways to make animation. It sounds quaint today, but along the way I have, with many colleagues, developed and applied technology that creates photo-realistic representations of completely imaginary worlds.
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Antoinette Wysocki
Antoinette Wysocki
Visual Artist
My intention is to create abstract paintings that indulge in materials and focus on the expressive process itself. These paintings are an active engagement with the viewers’ sense of process.
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Ed Young
Ed Young
Visual Artist
Early in my career, I felt as if I belonged nowhere. Now, I find I really belong everywhere. I draw from both of these sensibilities.
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Luca Zordan
Luca Zordan
Visual Artist
Working with children has always been my passion in photography, and has led me to travel the world encountering children from every culture, every race, and (almost) every continent.
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