The Arts Council Celebrates a Creative Ecosystem at 37th Annual Arts Awards & Luncheon Dec. 1

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Sept. 7, 2017

Jock Reynolds to Receive C. Newton Schenck III Award for Lifetime Achievement Friday, Dec. 1, 2017

New Haven, Connecticut – The Arts Council of Greater New Haven is thrilled to announce the 37th Annual Arts Awards, the theme of which is Creative Ecosystem, will be Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, at 11 a.m. at New Haven Lawn Club, 193 Whitney Ave, New Haven.

The Arts Awards luncheon honors the people who exemplify the complexity of our Creative Ecosystem – those who are radically expanding the word “art” to influence entrepreneurship, social justice, food, or health, those in thriving collaborations and daring experiments that sustain our creative community, and those who challenged us to reconsider preconceived assumptions about “art” this year.

The Arts Council has been host to the annual Arts Awards for 37 years. It is the organization’s signature event and a highlight within the community. Each year the general public is invited to nominate individuals and organizations who have had significant impact on the Greater New Haven arts community. A jury selects five recipients from the nominations, and The Arts Council presents the awards at a festive luncheon at the New Haven Lawn Club.

The Arts Council also presents the C. Newton Schenck III Award for Lifetime Achievement in and Contribution to the Arts to an individual who has spent their career embracing and endorsing the arts to the benefit of audiences of all ages. This year, The Arts Council of Greater New Haven’s Board of Directors unanimously decided to present this award to Jock Reynolds, artist and director of the Yale University Art Gallery, for his lifelong contributions to the arts in Greater New Haven.

Reynolds, who will retire in 2018, earned a B.A. in 1969 from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and an M.F.A. in 1972 from the University of California, Davis. He came to New Haven in 1998, when he was appointed the Henry J. Heinz II Director of the Yale University Art Gallery and professor (adjunct). Reynolds has won numerous grants and awards, including two National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artists fellowships, a Fulbright fellowship, and multiple National Endowment for the Arts/Art in Public Places project awards. He frequently collaborates in his work with his wife, Suzanne Hellmuth, and their performances, installations, and photographs have been commissioned and exhibited around the world.

The five other award winners will be announced Oct. 10, 2017.

The 2017 Arts Awards Honorary Committee: Barbara Pearce; Bitsie Clark; Tony Rescigno; Jocelyn Maminta; Mayor Ed O’Brien; Steven Kaplan; Charlie Kingsley; Rick Wies; and Erik Clemons. 

The annual awards luncheon will be Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 at the New Haven Lawn Club with a social hour at 11 a.m. and the luncheon and recognition at 11:45 a.m. Tickets will go on sale Oct. 23, 2017, at, by calling (203) 772-2788, or emailing A limited number of reduced price artists’ tickets are available.

The 37th Annual Arts Awards are sponsored by The Community Foundation of Greater New Haven, Edgehill Realtors, Pearce Real Estate, Key Bank, Metropolitan interactive, Yale New Haven Health Yale New Haven Hospital. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. For information, please call Development Director Megan Manton, (203) 772-2788.


About The Arts Council of Greater New Haven: The Arts Council of Greater New Haven, publisher of The Arts Paper, is a regional nonprofit arts agency that provides leadership to and advocates for member artists and arts organizations and connects them to one another, to audiences, and to the Greater New Haven community. Visit the Arts Council at, call 203-772-2788, like us on Facebook at, follow us on Twitter @newhavenarts, or Instagram @newhavenarts. #ArtEverywhereNHV

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