Arts Mid-Hudson, formerly the Dutchess County Arts Council, has awarded the 2014 Dutchess County Executive’s Arts Awards, Individual Artist, to artist, photographer and curator Bibiana Huang Matheis. Bibiana has a studio located in Pawling, New York. Her work has appeared in major exhibits and publications of all types in the US and Europe. She has been working in photography since the early 1980s.
In the Mid-Hudson region she has been active as curator of a highly successful series of art exhibitions titled Meeting Past at the Akin Library and Museums. Now in its fourth year, this exhibition has attracted thousands of visitors. This makes it one of the largest and most successful art exhibits in the Hudson Valley. She is actively involved as curator and artist in the programs of the Howland Cultural Center in Beacon, NY; at the Hammond Museum in North Salem, NY; and the Mid-Hudson Heritage Center in Poughkeepsie, NY. She is widely recognized in the region as a consummate professional who selflessly helps and supports other artists, and promotes the arts.
With this award, she was recognized on the merit of her own photographic and visual artwork, and her personal achievements.
This year, Arts Mid-Hudson celebrates its 50th Anniversary. The 28th annual Dutchess County Executive’s Arts Award is an important part of that celebration. In honor of that, Arts Mid-Hudson has commissioned Hudson Beach Glass to design a special commemorative award for the honorees, which will be presented on:
Thursday, October 9
at Villa Borghese in Wappingers Falls, New York
from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM.
The Individual Artist award is bestowed annually to famous and internationally renowned artists of all types including painters, illustrators and designers, composers; musicians; Children’s book illustrators; Guggenheim fellows; novelists, poets, and authors; actors; playwrights; dancers; sculptors; installation artists; singer/songwriters; cartoonists; photographers, filmmakers and more.
Bibiana is in the company of renowned past winners:
Blanca Uribe, 1986 – classical pianist
Lewis Rubenstein, 1987– painter
Martin & Alice Provensen, 1988 – children’s book illustrators
Richard Wilson, 1989 – composer
Todd Crow, 1990 – classical pianist
Meyer Kupferman, 1991– composer & clarinetist; Guggenheim fellow
Nancy Willard, 1992 – novelist, poet, author and illustrator of children’s books
Elayne Seaman, 1993 – visual artist
Randall Craig Fleischer, 1995 – conductor Music Director of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic
C. Gina Peluse, 1996 – visual artist
Vivian Gaines Tanner Paxton, 1997 – author
Katharine Ryan Aldrich, 1998 – actress
Bill Keith, 1999 – banjoist, inventor of banjo tuner
Nancy Sans, 2000 – writer, including on Sesame Street
Father Charlie Coen, 2001 – Irish traditional musician
Rodney K. Douglas, 2002 – author and playwright
Kantham Chatlapalli, 2003 – Indian classical dancer, teacher and choreographer
James Ransome, 2004 – illustrator
Betsy Jacaruso, 2005 – watercolor artist
Madeleine Segall-Marx, 2006 – sculptor and installation artist
Natalie Merchant, 2007 – singer/songwriter
Wilfredo Morel, 2008 – sculptor and installation artist
Joseph Bertolozzi, 2009 – composer and musian
Liza Donnelly & Michael Maslin, 2010 – illustrators and cartoonists for The New Yorker
Margaret Crenson (posthumously) 2009-2011– painter and muralist
Billy Name, 2012 – photographer, filmmaker; archivist of the Andy Warhol Factor
Kathleen Beckmann, 2013 – conductor, Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra
Bibiana Huang Matheis, 2014 – artist, photographer, curator.