Arts Alive! and The Keene Sentinel are seeking nominations for the fifth annual Ruth and James Ewing Arts Awards with the deadline of midnight May 17.
There are 10 categories, including one award that will remain secret until the night of the awards ceremony, July 24, at Redfern Arts Center at Keene State College.
Awards will be given in the following categories:
2D Visual Arts
3D Visual Arts
Folk and Traditional Arts
Presenters of the Arts
Excellence in Community Engagement
The final award — Excellence in Community Engagement — will be announced at the event from finalists recommended by judges in those categories.
Winners will be profiled in a special magazine that will be available at the awards ceremony and in The Sentinel on July 26.
Jessica Gelter, executive director of Arts Alive! and Terrence L. Williams, president and COO of The Sentinel, said they are hoping for a healthy number of nominations again this year.
“Each year adds more and more depth to this event, growing even more my appreciation for the rich arts community here in the Monadnock Region,” Gelter said. “There is so much arts diversity here — traditional styles to boundary-pushing work. I love that we can bring attention to these artists and organizations and celebrate this part of our region’s identity.”
“This is the second year of the expanded categories,” Williams said. “We received great feedback last year and saw wonderful submissions from varied artists who create an amazing tapestry.”
The awards are named in honor of the late Ruth and James Ewing, who made many contributions to the local arts community through their stewardship of The Sentinel and through personal philanthropy. Both Ewings were directors at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough. James Ewing founded the New Hampshire Humanities Council. Ruth Ewing was active with the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music and the Grand Monadnock Arts Council.
Williams said The Sentinel has created a website through which nominations can be made. Rules, information and online nomination forms can be found at www.sentinelsource.com/ewingarts. Anyone can nominate a favorite artist, and directions for how to do so are included on the site. Self-nominations are encouraged.
Nominations for the 2019 awards also may be sent via letter to The Keene Sentinel, c/o The Ruth and James Ewing Arts Awards, 60 West St., Keene, NH 03431. Anyone sending in a nomination form is asked to consult the website first, for nomination rules and information.
A panel of judges comprising past winners and regional arts experts will meet shortly after the deadline to make final selections. Except for the community engagement award, the public will learn about the winners in a week to 10 days, Williams said.
Tickets to the event will go on sale next week. A portion of the event proceeds will go to Arts Alive!
More information on the event will be announced in the coming days.