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The 2018 Linny Awards

AWARD CATEGORIES

Deadline to Submit is May 14

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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

PHILANTHROPY IN THE ARTS AWARD

This award recognizes an individual, family or foundation that has made a major commitment to supporting multiple arts and cultural organizations or programs in the region, and through their work has truly enhanced access to the arts and the quality of life in our region.

Eligibility Guidelines

Candidates must:

  • Provide significant support to arts organizations in the Greater Lehigh Valley
  • Have served in a volunteer, sponsor or donor role for multiple arts organizations and/or programs
  • Have made significant contributions to the arts as a volunteer, sponsor and/or donor

Nominations can be made by:

  • Any nonprofit arts organization in the Greater Lehigh Valley
  • A business, venue or government agency for which the candidate works or volunteers
  • Self-nomination

Selection Criteria
Nominators must complete an official nomination form based on the following criteria:
Candidate’s volunteerism should have affected a diversity of arts organizations in the community. The candidate may be known nationally or only in the community in which the individual lives/works, with consideration given to the depth and breadth of support in relation to the size of the community in which the support has been given. Other criteria for assessment may include:

  • Enthusiasm for the arts and the Greater Lehigh Valley arts scene
  • Money committed to the cause through donations/fundraising
  • Expertise actively put to good use for the arts
  • Time committed to voluntary work for the arts, sponsorship or membership
EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCT DESIGN

Since the 19th Century, the Lehigh Valley has been known as one of the nation’s leading centers of manufacturing and innovation. Today, the region is home to a diverse array of businesses producing dynamic and innovative consumer, business, medical and technology-based products. The Excellence in Product Design Award annually recognizes one Lehigh Valley-based business or corporation for the quality, innovativeness and creativity of its products or goods.

Eligibility Guidelines

Candidates must:

  • Be a business or department operating in the Greater Lehigh Valley
  • Demonstrate originality and quality through the design of its products

Nominations can be made by:

  • Any nonprofit arts organizations in the Greater Lehigh Valley
  • Any business or business employee in the Greater Lehigh Valley
  • Self-nomination

Selection Criteria

Nominators must complete an official nomination form based on the following criteria:
Nominee’s work may have received regional and/or national recognition or be demonstrated by unique and innovative work and commitment to product/product design. The business may be known nationally or only in the community in which it operates, with consideration given to quality and originality of work produced.

BUSINESS SUPPORTER OF THE ARTS

This award is presented annually to an area business for their dedication and support of arts and culture in the region for five or more years. The award is given to businesses that have a presence in or do the majority of their business in the region.

Eligibility Guidelines

Candidates must:

  • Be a business operating in the Greater Lehigh Valley
  • Have made a significant contribution to the arts through long-term, strategic support
  • Have had a meaningful impact by empowering and building the arts sector

Nominations can be made by:

  • Any nonprofit arts organization in the Greater Lehigh Valley
  • Any business or business employee in the Greater Lehigh Valley
  • Self-nomination

Selection Criteria

Nominators must complete an official nomination form based on the following criteria:

  • Nominee has distinguished itself as a leader in support of the arts through a consistent history of commitment
  • Scope of impact and support extending beyond the company’s immediate business interests
  • Nominee has shown a visionary and innovative approach to championing the arts
  • Nominee’s history of support includes but is not limited to cash or in-kind gifts, donated services, volunteerism and employee participation
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.

In addition to the above awards selected by the Linny Awards Jurying Panel, the ArtsQuest Foundation also presents three awards to distinguished individuals from the region for their longtime commitment and dedication to the arts. These awards are:

PINNACLE OF THE ARTS AWARD

Each year the ArtsQuest Foundation may, at its discretion, offer this prestigious award to an individual who has lived or currently resides in the Lehigh Valley and has achieved national or international distinction in the visual, literary or performing arts. While the honoree may or may not be a resident of the Lehigh Valley, the individual will embody and recognize the importance that the Lehigh Valley has in nurturing the creative spirit.

Eligibility Guidelines

Candidates must:

  • Have lived or currently resides in the Greater Lehigh Valley
  • Have shown significant commitment and achievement in their field through national or international recognition

Selection Criteria
Candidate’s work should have received national and/or international recognition and may be demonstrated by longstanding work and commitment to his/her craft. The candidate may be known nationally or internationally, with consideration given to commitment to their craft and quality of work produced.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT – Artist

This award celebrates an artist whose work in the arts symbolizes the highest level of excellence, commitment and achievement in his/her field over a period of 20 years or more. The award is presented annually to an individual who has made significant, longtime contributions to the visual, literary or performing arts.

Eligibility Guidelines

Candidates must:

  • 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, for a period exceeding 20 years

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 his/her achievement may be demonstrated by longstanding work and commitment to their craft. The candidate may be known nationally or only in the community in which the individual lives, with consideration given to commitment to their craft and quality of work produced.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT – Volunteer

Each year, countless individuals throughout the region generously donate their time and talents to make a difference in arts organizations, arts programs and scholastic art initiatives. This award recognizes one individual who has served in a volunteer leadership role in one or more arts organizations and whose hard work, dedication and passion for the arts have led to a significant difference for the organization(s) and our community.

Eligibility Guidelines

Candidates must:

  • Live and/or volunteer in the Greater Lehigh Valley
  • Have served in a volunteer leadership role in one or more arts organizations or communities
  • Have made a significant contribution to the arts as a volunteer

Nominations can be made by:

  • Any nonprofit arts organization in the Greater Lehigh Valley
  • A business, venue or government agency for which the candidate works or volunteers
  • Self-nomination

Selection Criteria
Nominators must complete an official nomination form based on the following criteria:
Candidate’s leadership may have affected a diversity of arts organizations in the community or be demonstrated by a longstanding commitment to one particular organization. Similarly, the candidate may be known nationally or only in the community in which the individual lives/works, with consideration given to the depth and breadth of support in relation to the size of the community in which the support has been given. Other criteria for assessment may include:

  • Time committed to voluntary work for the arts
  • Expertise actively put to good use for the arts
  • Money committed to the cause through personal donations/fundraising

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.

Awards Jury Process

Nominees are assessed and a winner selected by a jury panel comprised of prominent arts and business leaders from the region. Jury members may not submit nominations in the year in which they serve on the jury. The Pinnacle of the Arts Award, The Lifetime Achievement – Artist and Lifetime Achievement – Volunteer awards will be selected by members of the ArtsQuest Foundation Board of Trustees. All winners will be notified by the ArtsQuest Foundation by phone and official confirmation letter.

***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.