April 5, 2013
Privately Funded Art Competition to Offer Nearly $20,000 in Prizes to
Winning Artists Who Capture Nassau County’s Response to Superstorm Sandy
Nassau County Legislator Joseph Belesi joined with County Executive Ed Mangano and fellow Legislator Michael Venditto to invite artists from throughout Nassau County to participate in an open art competition that allows them to create a permanent tribute to the spirit of all county residents who have endured the wrath of Superstorm Sandy.
The winners will be chosen by a group of judges selected by County Executive Mangano and will receive prize awards funded from a private source. First prize will be a $10,000 cash award; Second prize will be $5,000 and Third prize is $2,500. There will also be Honorable Mention awards of $1,000 each. Artwork work will be on display at the County’s Office of Emergency Management during 2013.
County Executive Mangano stated, “Every crisis, every storm and every natural disaster provides all of us with the ability to call upon our inner strength to begin the job of recovery. I invite residents to create and submit a work of art that captures the resilience of Nassau County’s storm survivors, the role of our first responders and our county’s commitment to rebuilding.”
Mangano thanked Lawrence and Susan Kadish for helping create and financially support this unprecedented effort.
Mrs. Kadish, an artist in her own right, and a longtime supporter of the arts, noted, “This traumatic experience of ‘Sandy’ touched every one of us. Artists have the ability to translate these experiences into expressions that resonate within our souls. This competition seeks to encourage our community of artists to come forward and create works that will speak to us today and far into the future.”
The competition is open to Nassau County residents of all ages. The deadline for submissions is September 1st and all accepted submissions will be placed on public display by Nassau County for a period of approximately six months. Nassau County reserves the right to reject submissions, postpone the competition or terminate the program. Artists wishing to submit their work will need to submit a photo of their effort along with dimensions of the art to a preliminary review board. For complete information on submission rules governing this competition, please go to the County’s website www.nassaucountyny.gov or call 516-571-6000.
Note: For those wishing to incorporate recovered shards of the Long Beach Boardwalk in their art, the county will make pieces of this historic structure available to applicants. Just call 516-571-6000 to make arrangements.