Dia:Beacon honored with Dutchess County Arts Council Executive Art Award

Award to be presented October 25, 2011 at the 25th Anniversary Awards Ceremony

Sep 08, 2011

Beacon, NY—Dia Art Foundation is pleased to announce that Dia:Beacon has won the Dutchess County Arts Council Executive Award for Art Organization. The award will be presented on Tuesday, October 25, 2011 during a dinner ceremony at The Grandview in Poughkeepsie, New York. Susan Sayre Batton, Managing Director of Dia:Beacon; William R. Steinhaus, Dutchess County Executive; Polly Adema, Folklorist and Interim Dutchess County Arts Council President; and members of the Arts Council are expected to attend.

"Dia is honored to be recognized by the Arts Council," said Susan Batton. "Under the leadership of Philippe Vergne, director, and Yasmil Raymond, curator, Dia continues to empower artists to create extraordinary projects. We are excited for the Dia:Beacon fall line-up: Yvonne Rainer performances, discussions led by Ian Wilson, and the first solo presentation of Jean-Luc Moulène’s artwork in the United States, among other projects. The diversity and ambition of this program is inspiring. Community response is positive, and critical acclaim is drawing robust visitorship—these results are good for Dia and good for Dutchess County and the region."

Since opening eight years ago, Dia:Beacon has received national and international acclaim. Highlights of its in-depth program include exhibitions dedicated to Sol LeWitt, Agnes Martin, Blinky Palermo, and Andy Warhol; dance series with choreographers Trisha Brown and Merce Cunningham; significant commissions by Tacita Dean and Zoe Leonard; and major new performances by Joan Jonas and Robert Whitman. These initiatives are accompanied by monthly Gallery Talks, weekly public tours, and an ongoing arts education partnership with the City of Beacon that has been underway since 2001.

Within the Hudson Valley, Dia:Beacon generates over $12.5 million annually in economic stimulus for the region, and strives to be an active member of the Dutchess County arts community. Key initiatives include:

- Offering free admission for City of Beacon residents every weekend
- Hosting bi-annual Community Free Days for residents of Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester counties
- Forming BACON (Beacon Allied Community Objectives Network), an alliance with the Beacon Arts Community Association and the Beacon Chamber of Commerce committed to fostering connections between the museum and Main Street
- Forming the Hudson Highlands Roundtable, a collaborative forum for non-profit leaders whose organizations along the Hudson River between the Bear Mountain and Beacon-Newburgh Bridges

Nominations for Arts Council awards are submitted by residents throughout Dutchess and nearby counties, and finalists are selected through a panel review process.

Dia Art Foundation

A nonprofit institution founded in 1974, Dia Art Foundation is renowned for initiating, supporting, presenting, and preserving art projects. Dia:Beacon, Riggio Galleries, opened in May 2003 in Beacon, New York, on the banks of the Hudson River as the home for Dia’s distinguished collection of art from the 1960s to the present. The museum, which occupies a former Nabisco printing factory, features major installations of works by a focused group of some of the most significant artists of the last half century, as well as special exhibitions, new commissions, and diverse public and education programs. Dia:Chelsea is located on West 22nd Street in the heart of New York City’s gallery district which it helped pioneer. Currently open for artist lectures and readings, Dia is developing plans to expand its presence in Chelsea.

Dia also maintains long-term, site-specific projects. These include Walter De Maria’s The New York Earth Room (1977) and The Broken Kilometer (1979), Max Neuhaus’s Times Square (1977), Joseph Beuys’s 7000 Eichen (7000 Oaks) (1988), and Dan Flavin’s untitled (1996), in Manhattan; The Dan Flavin Art Institute, in Bridgehampton, New York; De Maria’s Vertical Earth Kilometer (1977), in Kassel, Germany; Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty (1970), in the Great Salt Lake, Utah; and De Maria’s The Lightning Field (1977), in Quemado, New Mexico. For additional public information, visit www.diaart.org.

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