YASSOU and Dominic Wolff to receive 2019 Henrietta Reiss Award

Alumni recognized for their achievements in music and sculpture (respectively)

YASSOU (photo by Amy Harrity)

YASSOU, a musical group led by alumni James Jackson and Lilie Hoy, both class of 2009 now living in the San Francisco Bay area, and Dominic Wolff, class of 1987 of Ghent, NY will each receive this year’s Henriette Reiss Award for artistic endeavor, given annually to current or former Hawthorne Valley School graduates. Due to the high artistic caliber of this year’s applicants, there will be two awardees. This year, the 27th annual Henriette Reiss Award will be presented at a special High School assembly at the school. A check will be presented to each of them during the assembly by former Reiss Award recipient Helena Zay on Wednesday, June 5, at 2 pm. Each awardee will also present a brief sample of current work. This event is open to the public.

YASSOU was formed in 2009 by four Hawthorne Valley alumni: James Jackson, Lilie Hoy, Theo Quimby and Julian Muller. Through a collective desire to collaborate and create with other musicians, composers, and filmmakers, YASSOU’s projects range from touring as an indie band, conceptualizing and producing ballets, to scoring feature-length films. Their work strives to bridge the worlds of pop and classical art – and to focus on inclusion, both in terms of their art and with their audiences.

Dominic Wolff


Dominic Wolff is a local carpenter, avid photographer, and an admitted builder of fire sculptures. Along with friends (Patrick Jansen, Luke Tekverk, Nate Tekverk, and Michael Pewtherer), he has

created a three-story tall wooded sculpture that rotated on propellers and set aflame as well as, most recently, building a reusable fire sculpture made of found, recycled, and scavenged materials

largely made of steel. This “contraption” known as Dopaluna was presented at the Imbolc Riverfire pageant at Basilica Hudson this past February.

The Henriette Reiss Award was established in 1993 by Elizabeth Papas of Philmont, N.Y., a long-time friend of the Reiss family. Henriette Reiss (1889-1992), a resident of Columbia County, N.Y., for twenty-five years, was an internationally respected artist and designer. Born in England and raised in Switzerland, she followed her husband, the artist Winold Reiss, to New York in 1914, where she soon established her own career and became well known for her textile and rug designs, as well as for her book jackets and advertising layouts. She also taught at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. For further information on Henriette Reiss, see winoldreiss.org/studiocircle/henriettereiss/.

This Wednesday, June 5th event (2 PM) is open to the public. For additional information, please call 518-672-4910 or go to henriettereissaward.org.

Loading Map....

Date(s) - 06/05/19
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School

Categories No Categories