Wynn Newhouse Award, 2008
Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation
Harriet Sanderson won the presitigious Wynn Newhouse Award for 2008. This year the award was shared among four artists: Harriet Sanderson, Joseph Grigely, Lihua Lei, and Linda Sibio. Sanderson flew to New York to accept the award in early March, 2008.
See the official Wynn Newhouse Awards website.
Presented by the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, the award provides:
. . . grants to artists of excellence who happen to have disabilities. Nominees and winners will be selected by a committee composed of persons respected in the arts community. Direct applications will not be considered. The Foundation has allocated $60,000 for these Awards, The funds will be distributed among winners at the discretion of the five judges on the selection committee.
This award was proposed by Wynn Newhouse, who has a disability and a continuing interest in art. Mr. Newhouse believes that this program can draw attention to the achievements of disabled artists, and show that these artists contribute substantially to contemporary fine arts.
To be eligible for nomination, candidates must be fine artists of professional quality with a disability, as recognized by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Nominees will submit CDs or DVDs of their work in a specific format, a CV, and brief statements describing the relationship between disability and art from their perspectives for consideration by these five judges.
Five persons prominent in the arts will nominate candidates, select the winners and allocate prize money. Serving on the 2007 Selection Committee are:
- Riva Lehrer, Artist, Chicago
- Stephanie Moore, VSA Arts, Washington, DC
- Wynn Newhouse, Collector, New York
- Mark Rosenthal, Curator, New York
- Patterson Sims, Director, Montclair Museum of Art, Montclair
(excerpted from Wynn Newhouse Awards announcement)