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Nominations closed – stay tuned for announcement of awardees mid-June.

Save the date for this year’s event:  Thursday, October 5, 2017

Arts Mid-Hudson invites nominations for the 31st Annual Dutchess County Executive’s Arts Awards. Residents of Dutchess County and businesses or corporations that are based in Dutchess County are eligible to receive an award. The Dutchess County Executive, in collaboration with Arts Mid-Hudson, annually recognizes outstanding people and organizations contributing to the arts in Dutchess County.

This is the 31st Anniversary of the Awards, originally founded by then Dutchess County Executive Lucille Pattison in 1986 with a purpose to recognize the individuals and institutions that contribute to the area’s artistic quality.

Do you know someone in the Dutchess County Community who does good work in or for the Arts? Do you know an outstanding Dutchess County arts organization or business that supports the Arts? Do you know a student who excels in their art form? Nominate them for the 2016 Dutchess County Executive’s Arts Awards.


Arts Organization Award:  rewards a Dutchess-based arts organization that has made an important contribution to the growth of Dutchess County’s cultural life over a significant period of time.

Business/Corporation Award:  recognizes a Dutchess County business or corporation that has demonstrated extraordinary support of the arts and/or vision and leadership in using the arts to enhance community life and enrich Dutchess County’s cultural heritage.

Arts in Education Award acknowledges a Dutchess-based educator, teaching artist, arts or educational administrator, school, school district or organization that, through extraordinary vision and leadership, has expanded or enriched arts education opportunities to students in Dutchess County.

Individual Artist Award: recognizes an individual residing in Dutchess County, whose achievements in his/her discipline are widely recognized and who has demonstrated a compelling or unique artistic vision.

Art in Public Places: awards a Dutchess-based individual artist, arts organization, school, or community group that has successfully designed and installed a public art project.

Patron Award:  recognizes an individual or family residing in Dutchess County, who has/have made a significant contribution to the arts through extraordinary leadership, personal financial commitment or philanthropic activities.

Special Citation Award: recognizes a Dutchess-based individual, organization, business, or project for outstanding contributions to the cultural life of Dutchess County.

Artivist Award: Recognizes a Dutchess-based artist that generously engages the community through their work in the arts.

Volunteer Award:  recognizes an individual residing in Dutchess County, who has made a significant contribution to the arts as a board member, volunteer or through other service in the arts.

Student with Exceptional Promise in the Arts:  Recognizes a Dutchess County resident that is either a high school or college student and aged 16 through 22 as of October 5, 2017, working or studying in any arts discipline including visual, performing, literary, film/video, and computer, among others. Nominee must be available to attend the event on October 5.  (Note:  Supporting attachments are REQUIRED for nominations in this category.)

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, members of Arts Mid-Hudson and civic leaders will honor 2017 recipients at a reception at Villa Borghese in Wappingers Falls on October 5, 2017. Click here to see photos from last year’s festive event.


Click here for past award winners (alphabetically listed)