2017 Newcomer Awards
Artist: Robert Franzese
The Newcomer Award: Chosen when the judges convene to screen artists wishing to participate in the Fair, the award recognizes outstanding work by newly selected exhibitors. This year, over artists applied to exhibit; approximately were invited to attend. The judges screened works from more than applicants (new applicants as well as prior attendees in categories being screened again), inviting approximately 100 to exhibit for the first time. The winners of this award represent, in the opinion of the judges, the best new applicants for 2017.
2016 Arron Sault, Debra Dembowski & Marc Lamm
2015 Artists: Michael Imes & Santiago Gutierrez
2014 Artist: Wiwat Kamolpronwijit & Loretta Petraitis
Ruth Kaplan Award
Vi Uretz Fogel Award
Artist: David Figueroa
2014 Artist: Maggie Grier
Nettie Hart Award for Crafts
Artist: Connie Verusio
The Ruth Kaplan Award is named in honor of the the memory of Ruth Kaplan, a former committee member who loved the fair and had a flair for jewlrey.
2016 Artist Steve Uren
2015 Steven Carlson
2014 Artist: Janie DeCrenso
2017: Brianna Martray & Marzena Weber
2016: Kim Caisse
2015 Artist: James Marsh
2014 Artists: Russell Grace. Luke Mosling &
2016 People's Choice Award: Glenn Woods
2015 People's Choice Award: Samuel Yao
Mary Louise Wormer Award for Excellence
Artist: Taylor Mazer
The Mary Louise Womer Award: Presented annually in memory of Mary Louise Womer, founder of the 57th Street Art Fair, this award is given to an outstanding artist in any category. As owner of The Little Gallery, Ms. Womer provided a neighborhood gathering place for local artists. Her initial idea of staging an event where artist could meet, showcase their work, and sell art directly to the community grew into the 57 Street Art Fair.
2016 Artist: James Whitbeck
2015 Artist: Taylor Mazur
2014 Artist: Sarah Vantol
57th Street Art Fair Committee Award
Artist: Gina Pannorti
The 57th Street Art Fair Committee Award: Chosen by members of the Steering Committee, the award recognizes one artist for dedication and excellence in their chosen medium. All exhibitors, returning anew, are eligible for this special award. This prize is a significant honor, since it represents the collective opinion of the committee members who work year-round to organize and ensure the continued quality and success of the fair.
2017 Artist: Michael Mikula
2015 Artist: Denny Wainscott
2014 Artist: Lawrence Oliverson
Katrina Hadley Award for Painting, Sculpture or Photography
Artist: Malen Pierson
The Katrina Hadley Award for Painting, Sculpture or Photography: Since the 1960s, this award has been presented to exhibitors who work in the media of photography, sculpture or painting in memory of Katrina Hadley, an early supporter of the Fair. Ms. Hadley was a key committee member for many years who worked tirelessly to provide needed support services.
2016 Artist: Verne Jidong Yan
2015 Artist: Wilson Lee
2014 Artist: William Schuler, Jr.