Arts Award


Each spring, ArtsWestchester recognizes individuals and organizations for their extraordinary impact on arts and culture. We invite you to recommend candidates for consideration.
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Arts Award 2017 Honorees: Lucille Werlinich, Jill Serling (Scarsdale Adult School), Marion Archer (Artist), Sr. Beth Dowd (Songcatchers, Inc.), Richard Nightingale (Westhab), Betty Himmel (Katonah Museum of Art’s Himmel Lecture & Award Series) and Tim Lewis (Downtown Music at Grace) with ArtsWestchester’s Board President Bob Roth (photo credit: Leslye Smith)

Arts Award Categories

Arts Patron
A person who lives or works in Westchester County and has made a significant contribution to the arts through his/her extraordinary leadership, personal commitment, and philanthropic activities, providing consistent support of the arts without direct financial compensation to advance the arts in Westchester.

An artist who lives or works in Westchester County, and whose achievements in his/her discipline are nationally recognized.  Candidates must have produced a significant body of work that demonstrates a unique and compelling vision that has had an impact on the cultural world and on the general public.

Arts Organization
A Westchester County non-profit arts organization that has made important contributions to the growth of Westchester’s cultural life over a significant period of time and has had an impact beyond its immediate community.

An artist, individual group organization or agency that has demonstrated extraordinary vision and leadership in using the arts to enhance community life, increase access to cultural experiences, or to enrich the county’s cultural heritage.  Candidates have a long-standing involvement in the arts rather than involvement in a one-time initiative.

An artist, individual, group, school district, or organization who, through extraordinary vision and leadership, has enriched education in Westchester. Generally, honorees demonstrate a significant level of accomplishment over and above the standards of excellence in their profession.

Larry Salley Photography Award
For Westchester-based photographers, with a significant body of work of outstanding artistic merit. All award nominees will be reviewed and selected by a panel consisting of ArtsWestchester’s Arts Committee, the African American Men of Westchester, and the family of Larry Salley.

And in 2017 the awards went to…click here to find out.