ArtsWestchester and the African American Men of Westchester Announce the Inaugural Larry Salley Photography Award for Local Westchester Photographers

Deadline to Apply for Larry Salley Photography Award is January 2


ArtsWestchester invites local photographers and Westchester organizations to nominate candidates for the inaugural Larry Salley Photography Award. Presented for the first time, this award is specifically designed to support a local Westchester-based photographer with a significant body of work of outstanding artistic merit.

ArtsWestchester is partnering with The African American Men of Westchester in order to celebrate the life and artistic achievements of Lawrence “Larry” C. Salley who was an active member of both organizations. Larry lived and worked in Westchester County (White Plains) where he assumed the leadership roles of Deputy Commissioner of the Westchester County Department of Planning and Commissioner of the Westchester County Department of Transportation. In his spare time, he was a gifted photographer. His photos were recently featured in an ArtsWestchester exhibition called “The Photographer’s Journey: A Tribute to Larry Salley”.

The award recipient will be furnished with a $1,000 cash prize to help advance their career and an opportunity to have a three-month artist residency in one of ArtsWestchester’s artist studios located in their building at 31 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, NY. In addition, the award will be presented at ArtsWestchester’s annual Arts Award Luncheon scheduled for Wednesday, April 11, 2018.

The deadline for nominations is Tuesday, January 2, 2018. Applications are available and may be accessed electronically by visiting:

An independent panel comprised of ArtsWestchester’s Arts Committee, African American Men of Westchester, and the family of Larry Salley will review the applications and make award recommendations to ArtsWestchester’s Board of Trustees.

For guidelines, or to submit a nomination for the Larry Salley Photography Award, visit: or go to

The Larry Salley Photography Award is made possible by the help of the African American Men of Westchester (AAMW) and the family of Larry Salley and is administered by ArtsWestchester.

About ArtsWestchester

For more than 50 years, ArtsWestchester has been the community’s connection to the arts. Founded in 1965, it is the largest private not-for-profit arts council in New York State. Its mission is to create an equitable, inclusive, vibrant and sustainable Westchester County in which the arts are integral to and integrated into every facet of life. ArtsWestchester provides programs and services that enrich the lives of everyone in Westchester County. ArtsWestchester helps fund concerts, exhibitions and plays through grants; brings artists into schools and community centers; advocates for the arts; and builds audiences through diverse marketing initiatives. In 1998, ArtsWestchester purchased the nine-story neo-classical bank building at 31 Mamaroneck Avenue which has since been transformed into a multi-use resource for artists, cultural organizations and the community. A two-story gallery is located on the first floor of ArtsWestchester’s historic building on Mamaroneck Avenue.