Ossining, NY (PRWEB) April 17, 2014
The Village of Ossining was honored with the President’s Award at ArtsWestchester’s Arts Award 2014. Held at the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown, the luncheon is ArtsWestchester’s most prestigious awards event of the year. The Village was recognized for “Ossining 3D,” an outdoor exhibition of 25 sculptures mounted to celebrate its bicentennial.
More than 500 business leaders, public officials and arts enthusiasts turned out for ArtsWestchester’s 37th annual Arts Award Luncheon. The Village of Ossining, who was presented the President’s Award by Westchester Deputy County Executive Kevin Plunkett, was one of eight award recipients chosen for their outstanding contributions to the cultural life of Westchester.
“Ossining in 3D” provided direct and free access to works of art that were created through a wide variety of approaches and materials. Thousands weaved through the Village’s historic buildings and downtown waterfront area over the course of the six-month exhibition, which was open to the public May through October last year.
“‘Ossining in 3D’ attracted thousands of visitors, raised Ossining’s visibility, and served as a model for other municipalities to bring art into the landscape,” said ArtsWestchester CEO Janet Langsam. “I wish every community in Westchester would do what Ossining did.”
While “Ossining in 3D” has ended, its impact will be long-lived. The Village secured three works for permanent display from among the sculpture exhibit’s 25 pieces. James Havens’ “Let’s Roll,” David Boyajian’s “Dancing Milkweed III,” and Gary Orlinsky’s “Double Arch” have remained to commemorate the Village of Ossining’s milestone anniversary.
“We are honored to be recognized by ArtsWestchester for our bicentennial sculpture exhibit,” shared Village of Ossining Mayor William Hanauer. “It has been said that ‘All passes; Art alone endures.’ ‘Ossining in 3D’ showed the Village in its best light – with significant, contemporary sculpture exhibiting the diversity of our beautiful historic architecture.”
For information on the Village of Ossining and upcoming events, contact the Village Manager’s Office at 914-941-3554 or visit http://www.villageofossining.org.
About the Village of Ossining
On April 2, 1813, the Village of Ossining became the first incorporated village in Westchester County to be state-chartered. Today, Ossining is a culturally diverse, affordable place to live, rich in both history and natural beauty. Approximately 25,600 people reside in the three and one half square miles of this historic Village on the Hudson River, which boasts extensive shopping, recreational programs, educational enrichment opportunities, and excellent municipal services. Ossining’s role in New York’s heritage has been recognized by its inclusion, as one of only 14 areas, in an Urban Cultural Park System designed to attract visitors to the State. Visit http://www.villageofossining.org for more information.
Established in 1965 as the Council for the Arts in Westchester, ArtsWestchester is New York State’s largest private, not-for-profit service organization, working to ensure the availability and accessibility of the arts for all of the county’s residents. In 1975, ArtsWestchester was named Westchester’s designated arts council by the county government and became one of several united arts funds in the country, providing grants and technical support to cultural organizations and artist residencies in the community. For more information, visit http://www.artswestchester.org.