DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS – 11:59pm, May 20, 2018

AWARDS CEREMONY – Thursday, October 4, 2018, Villa Borghese, Wappingers Falls

The Dutchess County Executive, in collaboration with Arts Mid-Hudson, annually recognizes outstanding people and organizations affecting the arts in Dutchess County. This is the 32nd 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.

Awards are offered in 10 categories this year:  

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 4, 2018, 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.)

Finalists and recipients will be chosen in these 10 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.


Nominees must be residents of Dutchess County, or corporations/organizations based in Dutchess County.  Nominations may not be made for people, businesses, or organizations who have been honored in that category in the last 5 years, however, if you nominated someone last year who did not win you may nominate them again.  Click here to view a pdf of winner history:

Nominations will close automatically at 11:59pm on Sunday, May 20, 2018.

Awardees will be announced in mid June.

Complete the questions on the final report form, upload required attachments, and submit by the deadline. The deadline for each organization is based on the end date of the funded project, within 60 days of the completion of the project or by July 30, 2018 which ever comes first.

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) only needed if applicable

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

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. 

Proposals to our 2019 Gallery Schedule will be accepted until June 30, 2018.

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
  • Artist's Palate restaurant – 307 Main Street Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
  • Poughkeepsie Common Council Meeting Room – Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
  • Main Printing – 272 Main Street Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
  • Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory - 8 N Cherry Street Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Additional considerations for all gallery locations:

  • Work must be suitable for the gallery
  • All visual artistic mediums are eligible, 2-D and 3-D
  • 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
Questions? Please contact Lilia Pérez, Grants and Program Associate:
Phone: (845) 454-3222 | Email: