About the Award for Excellence in the Arts

The Newington-Cropsey Foundation Cultural Studies Center Award for Excellence in the Arts is presented annually to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the arts and society. The award recognizes artists and scholars whose work furthers our understanding of how the arts inspire personal growth, responsibility and civic participation. Guided by the belief that, aesthetically and spiritually, the arts continue to nurture us today, as they have for millennia, we honor individuals who seek to recover and maintain the vital links between the canonical masterpieces of the past and contemporary artistic practice. 


The recipient is presented with a cash award and a bronze statuette created by Barbara Newington, president of the Newington-Cropsey Foundation, depicting the Archangel Michael, an ecumenical symbol of heroic virtue and light.