DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS – Monday, March 4, 2019

Arts Mid-Hudson is requesting nominations for the 7th Annual Ulster County Arts Awards. Nominees must be residents of Ulster County and businesses or organizations must have a place of business in Ulster County.

There are 9 categories this year:

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

Business/Corporation Award:  recognizes an Ulster 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 Ulster County's cultural heritage.

Arts in Education Award:  acknowledges an Ulster 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 Ulster County. 

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

Award for Art in Public Places; awards an Ulster based individual artist, arts organization, school, or community group that has successfully designed and installed a public art project.

Special Citation Award: recognizes an Ulster based individual, organization, business, or project for outstanding contributions to the cultural life of Ulster County that does not fit the criteria for the other categories.

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

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

Student with Exceptional Promise in the Arts:  recognizes an Ulster County resident and either a high school or college student ages 16 through 22 as of June 2019, working or studying in all arts disciplines including visual, performing, literary, film/video, and computer, among others. Nominee must be available to attend the event on June 4, 2019. (*Note: supporting attachments are REQUIRED for nominations in this category.)

Finalists and recipients will be chosen in these nine categories based upon the level of their artistry, commitment to the art form, commitment to the community, and recognition in the field locally, nationally or internationally. The review committee reserves the right to not select an awardee in any category.

Nominations must be submitted by 11:59 p.m., Monday, March 4, 2019 and recipients will be selected by an awards panel comprised of professionals in the field. Note that recipients are not chosen by the quantity of nominations received, but by the QUALITY of their work and by the depth of which it benefits the Ulster County community.

Award winners will be recognized by Ulster County's arts, cultural, civic and business leaders, at a festive reception on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at an Ulster County location to be announced.

Nominees must be residents of, or corporations/organizations doing business in, Ulster County.  

NOTE: Nominations may not be made for past recipients* however, if you nominated someone last year who did not win you may nominate them again.

*Ulster County Executive’s Arts Awards Past Recipients

 Arm-of-the-Sea Theater, 2018 Arts Organization
Arthur Anderson, 2016 Patron
ArtBridge, Kingston, 2015 Art in Public Places
Michael Asbill, 2018 Artivist
Bailey Pottery Equipment & Ceramic Supply, 2016 Business/Corporation
Jane Bloodgood-Abrams, 2017 Individual Artist
Barbara Bravo, 2017 Volunteer
Anthony Cacchio, Jr. (Uncle Tony), 2018 Special Citation
Coach House Players, 2016 Special Citation
Barbara Cohen, 2016 Volunteer
Center for Creative Education, 2017 Arts in Education
Center for Photography at Woodstock, 2014 Arts Organization
Chronogram, 2014 Business/Corporation
Jack DeJohnnette, 2016 Individual Artist
Niaya DeLisio, 2017 Student with Exceptional Promise in the Arts
Nancy Donskoj, 2015 Special Citation
Donald Elder, 2018 Individual Artist
The Falcon, 2013 Special Citation
Linda Gillette, 2014 Arts in Education
Lara Giordano & Christine Marmo, 2015 Arts in Education
Trina Greene, 2018 Art in Public Places
Shelly Hamilton, 2013 Arts in Education
Stacey Jarit (posthumously), 2018 Special Citation
Garry Kvistad, 2014 Individual Artist
Norm Magnussun, 2017 Art in Public Places
Maverick Concert Series, 2013 Special Citation
Jim McIntyre, 2018 Volunteer
Katharine L. McKenna, 2017 Patron
Amy Mottola, 2016 Arts in Education
O+ Festival, 2014 Art in Public Places
Paper House Productions, 2015 Business/Corporation
Lucie Parker, 2018 Student with Exceptional Promise in the Arts
Pauline Oliveros, 2015 Individual Artist
Robert Osgood, 2015 Patron
P&T Surplus, 2018 Business
R&F Handmade Paints, 2013 Business/Corporation
RUPCO, Inc., 2017 Business
Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, 2016 Arts Organization
Shadowland Theatre, 2013 Arts Organization
Asa Spurlock, 2016 Student with Exceptional Promise in the Arts
Benjamin Wigfall, 2014 Special Citation
Women's Studio Workshop for au•gust art festival, 2016 Art in Public Places
Lynn Woods & Stephen Blauweiss for "Lost Rondout: A Story of Urban Removal", 2017 Special Citation
Woodstock Film Festival, 2017 Arts Organization
Woodstock School of Art, 2015 Arts Organization
Roberta Ziemba, 2018 Arts in Education

 Complete the questions on the final report form, upload required attachments, and submit by the deadline chosen by the applicant on the Grantee Information Form (submitted on Submittable). This date was also on the Reporting Help Sheet in the same envelope as the contract and check. If this date is unknown, please reach out to Arts Mid-Hudson.  

Failure to submit a final report may jeopardize future grant requests.

Final Budget Form (download here)
Attendance by Zip Code for Programmatic Support (download here)
Sample Photo Release Form (download here) for your use

Questions?  Contact Arts Mid-Hudson Grants Team: or 845-454-3222.

Arts Mid-Hudson seeks poetry and visual art submissions for inclusion in the upcoming exhibition, Artist’s Respond to Poetry, which will be on view at Arts Mid-Hudson’s gallery March 22 – April 28, 2019. Selected poetry submissions will be compiled, and made available to the selected visual artists; artists will then choose a poem to respond to through their work. The poems and artwork will be displayed together in the final exhibit.

Deadline: February 24, 2019
Notification of acceptance: February 28, 2019

Poems made available to artists: March 1, 2019

Drop off for visual artists: March 18, 2019
Opening Reception: March 22, 2019
Closing Art Brunch: April 28, 2019

Details for poets:

  • Poets may submit up to three poems for consideration
  • Poems must fit on one 8 1/2 x 11 page at 12 pt font
  • Poems must be suitable to be hung in a public gallery

 Details for visual artists:

  • Work must be suitable for the gallery
  • All visual artistic mediums are eligible 2-D and 3-D (sculpture)
  • All submissions will be accepted using this online form
  • Artists may submit up to six samples of their work
  • Arts Mid- Hudson will take every caution with the artwork, however, artists must provide insurance if desired.
  • If works are wall hung they must have wires securely fastened on the back. If work is unframed, work will be hung with binder clips.
  • Arts Mid- Hudson received a 25% commission on sale of artworks

 Questions? Please contact Lilia Pérez, Grants and Programs Manager:
 Phone: (845) 454-3222 | Email:


Arts Mid-Hudson Gallery and Community Galleries

You may use this form to submit your work to Arts Mid-Hudson's gallery, one of our Community Galleries, or both. 

Arts Mid-Hudson Gallery:

Arts Mid-Hudson's gallery invites mid-Hudson artists and curators to share their work. Arts Mid-Hudson members will be given preference when curating and planning two-month exhibits with a focus on group shows and exhibits that include work of members, grantees, funded organizations, and artists throughout Dutchess, Ulster, and Orange Counties. Artists or curators can also propose shorter times for performances or multi-media installations. The gallery space is 400 sq feet with professional lighting and located in a visible location along Dutchess Turnpike (Rt. 44) in the town of Poughkeepsie, NY.

Arts Mid-Hudson Community Galleries:

Arts Mid-Hudson curates rotating art exhibits in office buildings, restaurants, and other venues.  This is a great opportunity for artists to display and sell their work, and we invite all artists to submit artworks. Artists must be members of Arts Mid-Hudson to exhibit in affiliated Community Galleries. This is a rolling review process with no deadline. 

To become a member of Arts Mid-Hudson click here.

Our Community Gallery locations include:

  • Steinberg Symer & Platt Law office – 27 Garden Street Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
  • Assembly Member Didi Barrett's office – 12 Raymond Ave Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
  • Main Printing – 272 Main Street Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
  • Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory - 8 N Cherry Street Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
  • The Crafted Kup -  44 Raymond Ave, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 

Additional considerations for all gallery locations:

  • Work must be suitable for the gallery - all visual artistic mediums are eligible, 2-D and 3-D
  • Artists exhibiting in Community Gallery spaces are required to install and deinstall their own work. If you required assistance please reach out to AMH at
  • You may propose performances or multi-media installations for Arts Mid-Hudson's gallery space.
  • Artists are responsible for delivering/shipping work to specified locations.
  • Arts Mid-Hudson will take every caution with the artwork, however, artists must provide their own insurance if desired.
  • Arts Mid-Hudson commission on work sold as a result of the exhibition will be 25%.
  • If hanging work, the works must have wires securely fastened on back. If work is unframed, work will be hung with binder clips

Please note that we will contact you if an opportunity is available to show your work and we keep all submissions to this program open in case a new showing opportunity arises. Thank you for your interest.

Questions? Please contact Lilia Pérez, Grants and Program Associate:

Phone: (845) 454-3222 | Email:

Arts Mid-Hudson