Lifetime Achievement Awards

Since 2009

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Join us on July 15th 5:30 pm

for the Announcement & Celebration of the 2022 Awardees

(on the back patio McNeil Building 17-29 Main St., Cortland, NY)

2021 Recipients

The 2021 Lifetime Achievement for Visual Art recipient is Lolita White.

In 2021 the Cortland Arts Connect decided to broaden our scope and include a Lifetime Achievement Award for Music.  A committee appointed by the CAC chooses the recipient.  The intent is to recognize and honor outstanding musicians for their contribution to the cultural fabric of our community and to build a permanent record of some of the individuals who have expanded our musical heritage.  An honoree has been chosen for the first time, the 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award for Music recipient is Paulette Fry. 

The Cortland Arts Connect (CAC) periodically displays this ever-growing collection in exhibits around the community. 

About the Awards

In 2009, the Cultural Council of Cortland County established the Lifetime Achievement Award for a Visual Artist. Selected by a committee of peers, the award recognizes and honors outstanding artists for their contribution to the cultural fabric of our community. 

Each year, the Cultural Council appoints local artists to form the selection committee for the award. As a component of the award, the Cultural Council purchases a piece of artwork created by the recipient. The intent of this annual Purchase Award is to build a permanent visual record of an important aspect of our artistic heritage. The Cultural Council periodically displays this ever-growing collection in exhibits around the community. Currently, the collection is on display at the Cortland Regional Medical Center. Donations toward the annual Purchase Award are gratefully accepted. 

Award Recipients in Visual Arts

  • 2021 - Lolita White

  • 2018 - David Blatchley

  • 2016 - David Beale

  • 2015 - George Dugan

  • 2014 - Bob Ellis

  • 2013 - Richard MItchell

  • 2012 - Grace Hedlund

  • 2011 - Fred Zimmerman

  • 2010 - Harry Davis

  • 2009 - Jane Zogg

Award Recipients in Music
  • 2021 - Paulette Fry

Award Recipients