Arts Awards


Friday, December 1, 2017 

New Haven Lawn Club – 11am-1pm

Award winners will be announced Oct. 10, 2017

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.



Barbara Pearce

Bitsie Clark

Tony Rescigno

Jocelyn Maminta

Mayor Ed O’Brien

Steven Kaplan

Charlie Kingsley

Rick Wies

Erik Clemons





Interested in sponsoring The Arts Awards this year? Contact Megan Manton via 203-772-2788 or


This video, made for The Arts Council of Greater New Haven by Travis Carbonella, features the 2016 Arts Awards winners: Charles C. Kingsley, Kwadwo Adae, Travis Carbonella, Margaret Anne Tockarshewsky, and Eric Ginnish of East Street Arts.