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2021 ARTS AWARDS NOMINATION FORM

Each spring, ArtsWestchester recognizes individuals and organizations for their extraordinary impact on arts and culture. We invite you to recommend candidates for consideration.


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.


ARTIST

A professional 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.


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.


EDUCATION

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.


SUBMISSION DEADLINE: The deadline to submit a candidate for consideration is January, 31, 2021 at 11:59PM

 
HOW ARE ARTS AWARD RECIPIENTS CHOSEN?

The Arts Award Committee of ArtsWestchester’s Board of Trustees will review all submissions and select recipients. ArtsWestchester staff will contact Arts Award recipients directly.

WHEN ARE DECISIONS ANNOUNCED?

Decisions will be announced in Spring 2021.

Please Note: ArtsWestchester keeps a roster of nominations so if a nominee isn’t chosen in a given year, they may be reconsidered in the future. 

The Larry Salley Photography Award

Presented by ArtsWestchester in partnership with the African American Men of Westchester


ArtsWestchester seeks nominations for Hudson Valley-based photographers, with a significant body of work of outstanding artistic merit to receive the third annual Larry Salley Photography Award. The award recipient will be furnished with a $1,000 cash prize. 

In addition to this year’s award, both the winner and the award finalists will be honored with the opportunity to be a part of an online virtual exhibition for the award highlighting their work to the public on ArtsWestchester’s website via the platform of Google Arts and Culture.

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.

The award will be presented at ArtsWestchester’s annual Arts Award Luncheon in April, 2021.

APPLICATION CRITERIA & Eligibility


  • Nominees should be artists who convey their unique visions through the medium of photography. 


  • Artists must live in, maintain a studio, or have strong ties to the Hudson Valley region (Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Orange, Dutchess, Ulster, and Sullivan Counties). 


  • Artists must be actively exhibiting current work in professional artistic venues. ArtsWestchester encourages nominations of artists for whom a cash award would aid them in the advancement of their professional practice.


  •  Nominations of artists who are working to complete a body of work, or towards a specific exhibition are strongly encouraged.


  • Nominators/artists should provide a brief statement describing why you think you/the candidate merits consideration for the Larry Salley Photography Award and how the award would help advance your/the artist’s career. 


  •  The deadline for applications is 11:59pm on Friday, February 5, 2021.


  • Self-nominations are welcomes, but photographers should provide the name, contact information, and profession of at least one reference.



ABOUT LARRY SALLEY & THE LARRY SALLEY PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD

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”.

For questions, please contact: Logan Hanley, Gallery Manager, Lhanley@artswestchester.org or 914.428.4220 ext 331

An Open Call to the Westchester Community

Submit creative works made during the coronavirus pandemic to ArtsWestchester’s curated exhibition.

COVID-19 has profoundly changed the contours of our daily lives. At this time of great loss and physical distancing, many of us have turned to creative outlets to help us cope, to express our anguish, and to gain agency when we feel helpless. Painting, photography, sewing, crafting, singing, writing, and other everyday creative activities are helping us to reclaim a connection to our friends, families, and self. We have found new ways to celebrate and mourn, to recognize and memorialize major life events like birthdays, weddings, and passings. We have found hope through new activities and new modes of communicating. We have documented our experiences in quarantine diaries and creative cookbooks. We have endeavored to protect our loved ones and those on the frontlines with handcrafted masks, or hand knitted quilts. We have painted the scenes and changing seasons from our windows, or captured the faces of our quarantine teams in photo or gouache. These and other everyday creative projects have given meaning and purpose to our lives at this unprecedented time.

ArtsWestchester plans to reopen its gallery after an extended COVID-19 closure with an exhibition of the artistic and creative projects that you’ve been working on since March, 2020. We invite you to share your creativity with us—your homemade puppet theater, your “covid cookbook”, your family zoom concert—and tell your pandemic story. We are open to ALL of your creative ideas.

The exhibition will open to the public in late April, 2021. The exhibition is intended to be presented in person at ArtsWestchester’s gallery, with a parallel virtual presentation. However, depending on the health guidelines and policies in place at the time, the exhibition may be solely virtual. Final exhibition title and opening date will be announced in February.

Submission Guidelines:

  • We invite residents of Westchester County and the Hudson Valley to submit creative works for consideration by our curatorial team for inclusion in the in-person and online exhibitions. Some works may be selected for online presentation only.
  • All submissions must be made via online ArtsWestchester’s Submittable application. Mailed or emailed entries will not be reviewed.
  • Individuals 18 or older, may submit documentation representing up to three (3) works in any of the categories below. Those under 18 are limited to one (1) submission, in any category.

1. Craft

2. Visual Art

3. Performing Art

4. Cultural/Traditional Practice

5. Writing

6. Fashion

7. Other

  •  Works should reflect your experience through the pandemic, and may reflect a variety of themes including, but not limited to: personal change and growth, creation as coping, mourning and healing, health care, isolation, connection, community, home, family, Post-covid futures/ imagining a post-pandemic world.
  • Individuals may submit to a single or multiple categories, but may submit documentation representing no more than 3 works in total.
  • We will only consider works whose creation began after March 1, 2020. We will accept submissions for both finished AND ongoing projects.
  • Submission deadline is Wednesday, March 3, 2021, 11:59PM.
  • You will be notified of submission status no later than Monday, March 15, 2021. 


SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Submissions must include the following:

1. Documentation representing your creative work

Visual art / Fashion / Craft: Format: jpeg, tiff. Quantity: up to 4 images for each work. Quality: High-resolution files, preferably w/ minimum image density of 72 dpi and minimum resolution of 2,500 pixels.

Performing Arts: Format: mov, mp4, mp3, avi. Quantity: up to 8 minutes per work. Excerpts acceptable.

Cultural/Traditional Practice: Format: tiff, jpeg, pdf, mov, mp4, avi, mp3. Quantity: up to 3 images OR 8 minutes of audio/visual recording per work. Excerpts acceptable. Quality: For images submit high-resolution files, preferably w/ minimum image density of 72 dpi and minimum resolution of 2,500 pixels.

Writing: Format: tiff, jpeg, pdf, word doc. Quantity: up to 5 pages. Handwritten works may be submitted as images, or as a PDF. Quality: For images submit high-resolution files, preferably w/ minimum image density of 72 dpi and minimum resolution of 2,500 pixels.

2. Work Statement 

Format: Word doc

Quantity: 1 statement per work or collection of related works

This is your opportunity to tell us about why you engaged in this creative project and how it relates to your pandemic story. The statement should inform, provide context, and present the inspiration for your work. It can be descriptive or reflective in nature (250-words max per work/creative project).


APPLICATION WORKSHOPS (Optional):

ArtsWestchester will offer two workshops to help artists and members of the public prepare their submissions. Each workshop will also include a tutorial on Submittable. Those who are not able to attend the virtual workshops, but would like to view a recording of the sessions should email Logan Hanley, Gallery Manager Lhanley@artswestchester.org. 

Workshop 1: Preparing your Work Statement.

Date: January 19, 2020, 7PM-8PM

Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_LwtIXiebRmGqo9hrk7LceA

Workshop 2: How to Photograph Your Work For a Virtual Experience 

Date: January 26, 2020, 7PM-8:15PM

Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_FHWMpcR3Qwup18_MtiRKRg


OTHER HELPFUL RESOURCES:

How to Photograph 2D creative works using a smartphone:

https://patriciavargas.com/how-to-photograph-your-art-with-your-phone/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0g4a1Ge-Ds

https://www.artworkarchive.com/blog/4-steps-to-photographing-your-art-like-a-professional

How to Photograph 3D creative works using a smartphone:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMaUhKJgQv0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEJC_-MdMV8




This form is for individuals or companies interested in leasing studio or office space at ArtsWestchester's building. The building is located at 31 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains NY. 

Our rental spaces are exclusive for individual artists, groups of artists, and arts-related businesses. These spaces are lockable with fully-function heating and air conditioning, bright natural lighting, and attentive building staff.

We believe that artists and creatives are at the heart of Westchester’s cultural community. Their work sustains creative projects and fuels our cities and towns with vibrancy. We know that with the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus and implementation of the social restriction measures to contain the spread of the virus, artists in all disciplines have lost critical opportunities to earn income and support their well-being. With this in mind, ArtsWestchester has issued a call to action, seeking donations from our community towards an Artist Relief fund. While we cannot forecast the total amount available through the fund, we will continue collecting donations indefinitely and distributing grants to artists as contributions come in. The number of artists we can support is directly dependent on how much funding is raised. Artists can help this effort by sharing the GoFundMe campaign on their social platforms. 

For link to GoFundMe page CLICK HERE.

ArtsWestchester will award grants of $500 to individual Westchester artists who have suffered a loss of work due to Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

Applications will be accepted beginning on May 1, 2020, on a rolling basis. Submissions will be reviewed by ArtsWestchester Staff and the Grants Committee of ArtsWestchester’s Board of Directors. 

For questions, email ArtistReliefFund@artswestchester.org. No calls please. 

Eligibility:

These funds are available for individual professional artists who live or maintain a studio in Westchester County, New York. Artists must be at least 18 years old and be able to demonstrate a realized loss or anticipated loss of income due to COVID-19. Applicants will be required to submit a completed W9 (CLICK HERE).

ArtsWestchester teaching artists, past or current grantees, and artists who have received public art commissions through ArtsWestchester are all eligible to apply. 

Artists will be required to supply proof or residence, or proof of studio space in Westchester, New York along with a W9. 

Artist Relief Fund awards are a one-time grant. Artists who receive a grant through this program may not apply for additional funding in this category. If more funds are made available, ArtsWestchester may reopen the application to past awardees. 

ArtsWestchester Internship Opportunities

ArtsWestchester offers internship opportunities in specialized fields. Our interns gain valuable experience that can be used in future careers such as: project management, public relations, professional writing, team collaboration, leadership and responsibility.  ArtsWestchester provides our interns with complimentary admission to arts/cultural events throughout Westchester, where they can help build awareness of the arts.  

Our interns enjoy an experience that is both meaningful and educational through creative projects and working closely with the staff members at ArtsWestchester. In addition to contributing to important tasks in specific departments, interns participate in professional development activities and learn the daily operational functions of a successful non-profit organization.

Please fill out our online application for an internship at ArtsWestchester.  Internships are available to college and high school students. The deadline for the The Summer 2019 is Sunday, May 19.


Requirements for ArtsWestchester Internships: 

- Must be currently enrolled in college or be a recent graduate (internships can be used for college credit)

- Minimum of 15 hours between 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday

- Must attend a mandatory orientation and seven workshop sessions 

- Must have a desire to learn about all aspects of arts administration


Skills neccessary for ArtsWestchester Internships:

- Demonstrated interest in the arts

- Detail-oriented, self-reliant, and a fast learner

- Works well with others and see tasks to completion in a fast paced environment

- Excellent Communication skills (both written and verbal)

- Experience with Microsoft Office Suite

- Experience with basic office administration

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COMMUNICATIONS 

Editorial Intern  

Principal duties may comprise of drafting assigned articles, press releases and event descriptions, fact-checking stories, editing content, conducting front-end research for upcoming events and projects, helping with our digital operations (submitting articles online, posting calendar events to news sites), expanding distribution of publication outreach, assist in archival of photos and media clips, and offering general assistance to the Editor/Communications Department.

Additional skills  and experience encouraged: research and fact-checking skills; is web savvy; can tackle several different projects at once; working/understanding of word processing (Photoshop is a plus). This position is part-time

Web Content and Database Intern  

Arts Westchester is seeking a talented and enthusiastic individual with knowledge of and experience working with databases to support various departments and web content. This person will primarily work with our IT/Web Manager in maintaining and implementing updates to current web pages, design & develop new web tools.

Intern duties include, but are not limited to: be able to thrive in a fast-paced, rapidly-changing development environment; helps maintain and troubleshoot existing web applications; creates, maintains, and updates web documents and familiarity with HTML is a plus. 

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PROGRAMS 

Grants & Government Relations Intern 

The Programs Department intern provides administrative support for the Grants and Cultural Programs department of ArtsWestchester. The intern will assist in a number of projects for our affiliate and associate members.

Intern duties include, but are not limited to: data entry with training on the use of Microsoft Access; affiliate and associate member relations; exposure to Westchester County and New York State contract agreements; supervised site visits and other areas of arts and public administration. 

Arts in Education Intern  

The Arts in Education intern provides administrative support for the school and community art residency program and works closely with the Arts in Education staff. The intern will assist in all aspects of the teaching artist program, outreach, marketing duties, residency planning, and professional development for artists.

Intern duties include, but are not limited to: conducting research; communicating with artists, arts organizations, and cultural sites in Westchester; filing; organizing mass mailings; performing data entry; and assisting with special projects, programs, and events. Position has a flexible schedule with some evening events.

Gallery/Exhibitions Intern    

Assist with day-to-day operations of the ArtsWestchester’s Gallery, a dynamic fine arts space in the heart of downtown White Plains.

Intern duties include, but are not limited to:  experience at front desk reception of exhibition visitors, fielding phone inquiries about exhibitions and performances, exhibition support including basic registrar duties, database management, research, and special event staffing. 

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DEVELOPMENT

Development/Special Events Intern   

This internship offers the opportunity to work with development staff in all matters related to membership, special events, corporate sponsorships, foundation and government grant requests, and major gifts. The ideal candidate should has a Moreover, the ideal candidate must be comfortable on the phone.

Intern duties include, but are not limited to: providing assistance to the Development Department; executing mail merges and preparing mass mailings; entering data into The Raiser’s Edge fundraising database; creating and modifying Excel spreadsheets; phone solicitation; assisting with the planning and execution of major fundraising events, including the annual Gala and Silent Auction; and working on special projects as needed. Position has flexible hours, Monday through Friday with some weekend and evening hours required for special fundraising events.

 ArtsWestchester invites artists from Westchester and the broader Hudson Valley/NYC Metro area to submit available artworks for sale or exhibition in our Corporate and Arts for Healing partnerships. ArtsWestchester believes that the arts should be accessible to all people and that artwork enriches any environment – be it classroom, conference room, apartment building or hospital waiting room.

Opportunity Details:

ArtsWestchester seeks original prints, paintings, mixed-media works, photographs, and sculptures of all sizes and media for consideration. Submitted works should be currently available for loan or purchase. 

Typical exhibition periods are 6 months to one year. Artists selected for exhibitions will receive an honorarium. 

Artists selected for either exhibition or sale to health care facilities will be required to present works prepared to hang per the site's specifications.  

By submitting images of your artwork, you agree to have these images included in our proposals to our professional clients. 

Preferred subjects: Landscape, botanical, local topography (Tri-state area), abstraction, colorful imagery, seasonal themes.

Required Materials:

  1. Up to fifteen (15) images of available artworks in a .jpg format (or similar). Name the file the title of the work. As we primarily present artwork to our clients digitally, images should be high resolution.
  2. A corresponding works list including price, title, medium, size, notes on availability etc.
  3. An artist biography/statement
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