Cortland Arts Connect
Center for the Arts of Homer
Cortland Art League
At our opening event each year, first, second and third place cash awards are presented in each of the following six categories:
The Irvan Beale Memorial Award
Sponsored by Irvan's son, David Beale, this award will be awarded to a fine art entry by a first-time participant in the Community Arts Challenge.
Irvan made his living as an optometrist, but he also loved to draw and paint. He especially enjoyed teaching painting to beginners.
The Harry N. Davis Memorial Award
Sponsored by Harry's daughter, Joan Niswender, this will be awarded to an oil painting or acrylic painting entry created by a senior citizen.
Harry N. Davis was full of life and his artworks, done over 60 years, display this in color, subjects and movement. Harry taught painting at the Homer Senior Center as an added activity for over 20 years. Painting and drawing were life-long passions, and Harry's work hangs in public offices, private collections and friend's and family's homes. Harry N. Davis was a founding member of the Cortland Art League.
The Jane Zogg Memorial Award
Sponsored by the Cortland Art League, this will be awarded to the fine art entry that reflects Jane's passion for painting.
Jane was one of the founders of the Cortland Art League. She loved to paint red barns, and she taught painting classes at local Senior Centers.
The Ruth Jones Olcott Memorial Award
Sponsored by Ruth's daughters Lynn Olcott and Ruth O'Lill, this award will be awarded to an Artisan Craft entry. Ruth Jones Olcott (1919-1964) was a home economics teacher at Cortland High School who fashioned bold and colorful creations using a variety of materials including: wood, metal, fiber and clay. Ruth succeeded in blending form and function in her works. Many of her artful and useful pieces are still enjoyed today.