Jacob van Beusichem, class of 2018 of Copake, NY and Helena Zay, class of 2008 of Hillsdale, 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 26th 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 Christian Petersen on Wednesday, June 6, at 2 pm.

Each awardee will also present a brief sample of current work. This event is open to the public.

Jacob van Beusichem

Jacob van Beusichem

Jacob van Beusichem is a senior whose main interests are oil painting, photography and film. He intends to continue with his painting during his studies at SUNY New Paltz or St. Lawrence University.

Helena Zay

Helena Zay

Helena Zay graduated from Emerson College majoring in performing arts. After participating in acting classes, theater and film projects in New York City, she returned to Hillsdale, worked in a photography studio to sharpen her visual language and took art classes at Columbia-Greene Community College. Last year she enrolled in the Alkion program of the Hawthorne Valley Association, while continuing her commitment to work in painting, focusing particularly on female portraits.

The Henriette Reiss Award was established in 1993 by Elizabeth Papas of Philmont, NY, a long-time friend of the Reiss family. Henriette Reiss (1889-1992), a resident of Columbia County, NY, for 25 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 click here.

This June 6 event is open to the public. For additional information, please call 518-672-4910 or click here.