57th Street Art Fair Artist Awards

2022

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Taylor Mazer

Drawing

2022 Mary Louise Womer Award

Presented annually in memory of Mary Louise Womer, founder of the 57th Street Art Fair, this award is given annually 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 artists could meet, showcase their work, and sell art directly to the community grew into the 57th Street Art Fair. Her vision was well received: the fair has been operating continuously since 1948.

Chris Leung

Ceramics

2022 57th Street Art Fair Committee Award

Chosen by members of the steering committee, this award recognizes one artist for dedication and excellence in their chosen medium. All exhibitors, returning and new, are eligible for this 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.

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Glenn Woods

Ceramics

2022 Nettie Hart Award for Crafts

Presented in honor of Nettie Hart, a key supporter in the early days of the 57th Street Art Fair, Ms Hart, a designer with Raymond Loewy, had an artistic eye and brought many needed cosmetic touches to the fair. She served as chairperson of the steering committee in the early 1950’s. Unfortunately, she was killed in an automobile accident in Spain in 1962. Since 1963, to honor her memory and in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the early days of the fair, this award has been presented annually to one outstanding artist selected from the categories of jewelry making, fiber, glass, leather, mixed media and paper.

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Bonnie Shanas

Sculpture

2022 Katrina Hadley Award for Painting,

Sculpture, or Photography

Since the 1960’s this award has been presented to one outstanding artist in the media of photography, sculpture of painting in memory of Katrina Hadley, a founding member of the 57th Street Art Fair Committee. Ms Hadley was a key committee member for many years in the early days of the fair, working tirelessly to provide needed support services.

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Mays Mayhew

Drawing

2022 Vi Fogel Uretz Award

Presented for the first time in 2008, this award to one outstanding artist in the category of drawing or painting was created to honor the memory of Vi Fogel Uretz, an early supporter of the fair. In addition to exhibiting her artwork for decades at the annual fair, Vi served as the fair’s historian and coordinated the publication of the book honoring the fair’s 50th anniversary in 1997. An accomplished artist, Vi was selected as the designer of the poster, t-shirt, banner and other media to promote the 52nd annual fair in 1999. Her banners have graced Hyde Park every year since, and serve as a source of energy and inspiration for artists and visitors alike.

Kim Wilson

Jewelry

2022 Ruth Kaplan Award

The Ruth Kaplan Award was created to honor the the memory of Ruth Kaplan, a longtime committee member who loved the fair and had a flair for jewelry.

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Feng Biddle

Painting

2022 Honorable Mention

Chosen at the time of the fair to recognize an artist or artists who were not selected for any of the other awards and the judges and committee members would like to recognize for their work.

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Kerry Rolewicz

Drawing

2022 Honorable Mention

Sebastian Sparenga

Microscope Art

2022 Crew's Choice Award

New in 2022, the 57th Street Art Fair Crew chose an artist for this award who took home the prize CREW tee shirt.

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Chosen at the time of the fair to recognize an artist or artists who were not selected for any of the other awards and the judges and committee members would like to recognize for their work.