A partnership of The Keene Sentinel and Arts Alive!

Mission and Nomination Information

About Ruth and James Ewing
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 Keene Sentinel and through personal philanthropy. Both Ewings were directors at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough. James founded the New Hampshire Humanities Council and established the James D. Ewing World Affairs Lecture at Keene State. Ruth was active with the Center for Chamber Music at Apple Hill and the Grand Monadnock Arts Council.

Our Mission
The Ruth and James Ewing Arts Awards: Hometown recognition of world-class artists in the Monadnock region.

Ruth and James Ewing Arts Awardees are creating and presenting art of excellence and contributing to the field of arts and culture in our community and beyond. Our goals:

  • To bring awareness and appreciation to the rich and vibrant arts scene in the Monadnock region;
  • To further develop the sense of cultural identity for the Monadnock region community;
  • To elevate winning artists and arts organizations with a community-building celebration in their home region;
  • To celebrate Arts Alive!’s mission: The intersection of arts and community well-being;
  • And to promote the Monadnock region as a place that creative economies are appreciated, celebrated and welcomed

Nomination Information
You will find on this website categories in which to place a nomination. Please review all rules and select the appropriate category. A nomination may be entered in more than one category, if appropriate.

Awards categories
Judges will make awards for Excellence in:

  • Performing Arts, including but not limited to:
    • Music
    • Musical composition
    • Dance
    • Choreography
    • Acting & Theatre
    • Puppetry
  • 2D Visual Arts, including but not limited to:
    • Painting
    • Printmaking
    • Digital
    • Photography
  • 3D Visual Arts, including but not limited to:
    • Fiber Arts
    • Fashion/Costume Design
    • Ceramics
    • Sculpture
  • Literary Arts, including but not limited to:
    • Non-fiction
    • Screenwriting/Playwrighting
    • Poetry
    • Fiction
  • Interdisciplinary Arts, including but not limited to:
    • Film
    • Architecture design
    • Theatre design & direction
    • Performance art
  • Folk and Traditional artists - arts passed down or indigenous, cultural arts, folk art
  • Presenters of the Arts, including but not limited to:
    • Gallery curation
    • Performing arts season curation
    • Festival or event curation
  • Student Award - to celebrate a student creating exemplary works of art; college or high school
  • Arts Advocate - to celebrate an individual's tireless and inspirational work on behalf of the arts and artists.

  • Lifetime Achievement Award - to celebrate an individual or organization who or which has demonstrated sustained longevity in creating or presenting excellent art.
  • Excellence in Community Engagement, including but not limited to:
    • Offering opportunities to participate in the arts;
    • Community conversation through the arts;
    • Commmunity visioning and planning through the arts;
    • Making arts accessible to underserved populations;
    • Bringing art into new venues to reach new audiences;
    • And arts education

The contest is open to artists who reside within the area commonly accepted as the Monadnock Region and southeastern Vermont. Individual artists, as well as groups are eligible, i.e. a chorale group or a string quartet.

This form is best utilized by artists, or organization staff or board members to self-nominate so that the most up to date information and works are collected. Friends, spouses, or community members should also use this form to nominate arts advocates and artists/organizations for lifetime achievement.

Nominations may be submitted via this website between April 6, 2022, and midnight, May 6, 2022.

All nominations should include Artist Statement and brief Biography or Organizational Mission and Vision Statement (500 words) about what defines the artist and the goals of the artist or organization.

Supporting information: Resume, education, exhibitions, honors, awards, reviews, press or achievements, either in list form or in PDF.

Up to five examples of the artist’s work in one of the following forms: PDF, jpeg, video link, link to website/digital portfolio. If link to online portfolio, please specify up to five pieces of work for consideration.

For Literary Artists, please limit submissions to a work or a piece of a work of no more than 2,000 words.

Presenter of the Arts nominees should be institutions, venues, organizations, businesses and individuals that or who demonstrate excellence in selection and presentation of art in the Monadnock Region.

In the case of Lifetime Achievement, Arts Advocate, Excellence in Community Engagement or Presenter of the Arts awards, please include a narrative of 500 words detailing why the artist or organization is deserving of recognition in this particular category, along with any supporting documents deemed helpful for the judges.

Lifetime Achievement nominees should have a well-documented and lengthy career of enhancing the arts in the Monadnock Region.

Excellence in Community Engagement should possess a well-documented case for spreading the value of the arts and boosting community involvement in the arts in the Monadnock Region.

Winners Receive
Awards – winners will be featured in a glossy magazine that will be published on or about July 30. An event to present awards to the artists will be held July 28, but only those winners and a limited number of guests will be able to attend the event due to restrictions required by the COVID-19 pandemic. The event will be livestreamed to online attendees who can view the proceedings on www.sentinelsource.com or the Facebook page of The Keene Sentinel.

Mailed Nominations
For those who would prefer to mail a printed application, include all the requested information in this form and mail to The Keene Sentinel c/o Ewing Arts Awards, 60 West Street, Keene, NH 03431

Nomination materials may not be returned. Winners agree to allow Arts Alive! and The Keene Sentinel to use at no cost to Arts Alive! and The Keene Sentinel winning images or video in promotional materials solely for The Ewing Arts Awards, on the cover of the Ewing Arts Awards magazine, and in ELF.

If you experience any difficulty or errors when using this website or its forms, please e-mail webmaster@keenesentinel.com

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Nominee contact information:
Who is being nominated and how can we get in touch to let them know if they've won an award

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Why is this nominee deserving of a Ewing Arts Award?

A statement of up to 500 words that introduces the artist or organization and their work and why they are deserving of a Ewing Award. This could be an artist's statement or organization's mission statement and goals, and can include some biographical information. This statement should tell us about the person or organization's work, why they are nominated for a certain category, and it should also note why the work is of merit - giving examples of any honors or awards, accomplishments, reviews, or stories about the artist. Also please include any information demonstrating the artist's or organization's efforts on behalf of or in collaboration with the greater community.*

Work Samples:

Include up to five digital files or links to samples of work. PDFs of visual artwork, season brochures, festival programs, etc. are preferred, but .jpg, .jpeg, .png, .gif, .doc, .docx, .txt, .mov, .mp4 are also allowed. Also, share any links to online videos, online music recordings, websites, portfolios, or any information demonstrating the artist's or organization's efforts on behalf of or in collaboration with the greater community. [all 5 samples must NOT total more than 100MB altogether]
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