2016 Wynn Newhouse Awards

Palitz Gallery

April 21 – June 1, 2017

The tenth annual Wynn Newhouse Awards Exhibition runs through June 1 at Palitz Gallery, located in Syracuse University’s Lubin House at 11 East 61st St., New York City. The exhibition that was created to draw attention to the achievements of artists of excellence who have disabilities.

Each of the award winners receives a portion of a $60,000 per year allotment from the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, featuring a variety of works including textiles, documentary film, video art,  works on paper, tempera paintings, and photography. The grant winners include Laura Craig McNellis, Katya Tepper, Melvin Way, Cathy Weis, Jason DaSilva, E. Jane, Dustin Grella, and Monica Chulewicz.

Nominees and winners of the Wynn Newhouse Awards are chosen by a committee, composed of persons respected in the arts and disabilities communities, who review all submissions. This group also decides how the grant money will be dispersed among the artists. The selection committee for this year’s awards was comprised of: Carolyn Lazard, artist; Barbara London, curator; Frank Maresca, Partner, Ricco/Maresca Gallery; and Emily Dittman, exhibition and collection manager, Syracuse University Art Galleries

About the Awards

Wynn Newhouse was a prominent and avid art collector who lost functional use of one hand in an industrial accident as a young man. By midlife he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Wynn envisioned The Wynn Newhouse Awards in 2005.  The program provides grants to talented fine artists with disabilities as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Wynn was joined by top artists, curators and critics who shared his belief that many disabled people have unique insights and skills that can enhance their ability to create exciting art. He hoped that these exhibitions would enable the arts public to see the many creative ideas contained in their works. Wynn passed away in 2010.