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The 2020 Linny Awards

AWARD CATEGORIES

Deadline to Submit is June 1, 2020

VISUAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Artist of the Year honors a Lehigh Valley visual artist whose work embodies excellence in its field. This category includes but is not limited to two- and three-dimensional visual arts such as painting, sculpture, digital, fiber, glass, ceramics, jewelry, metal and photography, as well as designers of fashion, musical instruments, furniture and other handcrafted works.

Eligibility Guidelines

Candidates must:

  • Currently live or work in the Greater Lehigh Valley
  • Be engaged in a successful career in the arts
  • Show significant commitment and achievement in their field

Nominations can be made by:

  • Any nonprofit arts organization in the Greater Lehigh Valley
  • A business, venue or government agency for which the artist has produced work
  • Self-nomination

Selection Criteria
Nominators must complete an official nomination form based on the following criteria:
Candidate’s work may have received regional and/or national recognition, or only in the community in which the individual lives, with consideration given to commitment to their craft and quality of work produced. His or her achievement may be demonstrated by outstanding work and commitment to their craft. Must have produced a piece of work within the last 12 months.

PERFORMING ARTIST OF THE YEAR

This award recognizes a Lehigh Valley performing artist whose work symbolizes excellence in its field. This category includes but is not limited to theater, film, dance and other forms of performance art, animation, comedy and music, as well as the literary arts, playwrights and screenwriters.

Eligibility Guidelines

Candidates must:

  • Currently live or work in the Greater Lehigh Valley
  • Be engaged in a successful career in the performing arts
  • Show significant commitment and achievement in their field

Nominations can be made by:

  • Any nonprofit arts organization in the Greater Lehigh Valley
  • A business, venue or government agency for which the artist has produced work and/or performed
  • Self-nomination

Selection Criteria
Nominators must complete an official nomination form based on the following criteria:
Candidate’s work may have received regional and/or national recognition, or only in the community in which the individual lives, with consideration given to commitment to their craft and quality of work produced. His or her achievement may be demonstrated by outstanding work and commitment to their craft. The artist must have produced a piece of work within the last 12 months.

EMERGING ARTIST OF THE YEAR

The Emerging Artist honor celebrates an artist from 18 to 30 years of age who demonstrates excellence in his/her field. This award is designed to honor an up-and-coming artist, or an artist who has had a breakthrough year, and through his or her work has contributed to the region’s culture and community in a very positive way.

Eligibility Guidelines

Candidates must:

  • Currently live or work in the Greater Lehigh Valley
  • Be 18-30 years old and engaged in a career in the arts
  • Show significant commitment and achievement in their field

Nominations can be made by:

  • Any nonprofit arts organization in the Greater Lehigh Valley
  • A business, venue or other agency for which the artist has produced work and/or performed
  • Self-nomination

Selection Criteria
Nominators must complete an official nomination form based on the following criteria:
Candidate’s work may have received regional and/or national recognition, or only in the community in which the individual lives, with consideration given to commitment to their craft and quality of work produced. His or her achievement may be demonstrated by outstanding work and commitment to their craft.

ARTS EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR

This award is dedicated to a Lehigh Valley-based educator, teaching artist or arts administrator who has made a profound impact on students and/or the community through his or her work in the arts. This award is open to any individual working with students in preschool, kindergarten, elementary, middle or high school.

Eligibility Guidelines

Candidates must:

  • Currently work in the Greater Lehigh Valley
  • Be a Lehigh Valley-based educator, teaching artist or arts administrator
  • Demonstrate a profound and powerful impact on students and/or the community through his or her work in the arts

Nominations can be made by:

  • Any nonprofit arts organization in the Greater Lehigh Valley
  • A business, venue, school or government agency for which the artist has taught and/or produced work
  • Self-nomination

Selection Criteria
Nominators must complete an official nomination form based on the following criteria:
Candidate’s work may have received regional and/or national recognition, or achievement may be demonstrated by student progress and/or testimonials. The individual should also have shown transformational leadership in arts education through strategic planning, strong programming and the engagement of partners to achieve community goals

STUDENT ARTIST SCHOLARSHIP AWARD

The Lehigh Valley is quickly becoming known as a destination for creative and emerging artists in all disciplines. The Student Artist Scholarship Award, in the amount of $2,500, will be presented to one student in the region who demonstrates significant talent and promise in the visual, literary or performing arts and is looking to pursue a degree in arts, art therapy, arts education or arts administration. High school juniors to seniors are eligible for this award.

Eligibility Guidelines

Candidates must:

  • Live or attend school in the Greater Lehigh Valley
  • Be a high school junior or senior.
  • Have interest in pursuing a degree in arts, art therapy, arts education or arts administration
  • Show significant commitment and promise in his/her craft through the submission of a small portfolio consisting of at least three images, videos or writing samples

Nominations can be made by:

  • Any nonprofit arts organization in the Greater Lehigh Valley
  • A school for which the artist has attended and/or a business, venue or government agency for which the artist has produced work and/or performed
  • Self-nomination

Selection Criteria

Nominators must complete an official nomination form based on the following criteria:
Candidate’s work may have received regional and/or national recognition, or achievement may be demonstrated by outstanding work and dedication to their craft. Portfolios will be reviewed and analyzed based on creativity, quality and style.

***Winners of all categories will receive two complimentary tickets to The Linny Awards Ceremony; additional tickets will be available for purchase.

Geographical Area of Eligibility

The geographical area for eligibility of the Linny awards includes Lehigh, Northampton, Upper Bucks and Upper Montgomery counties in Pennsylvania, as well as Warren County in New Jersey.