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Presentation of the 2014 Henriette Reiss Awards to
Zoe Ronen • Myles Ryan

Wednesday, June 11 at 2 p.m. • Hawthorne Valley School Hall

Recipients work featured • Reception following

About the recipients

The Henriette Reiss Award at Hawthorne Valley was created in 1993 through the generosity of Elizabeth Hughes Papas to honor the work and spirit of artist/teacher Henriette Reiss (1889-1992).

Central to the life and work of Henriette Reiss was the abiding insight that art is crucial to individual and social development, a view also embraced and furthered in Waldorf schools around the world. The recognition of these truths moved Elizabeth Papas, who lived in Philmont, to establish an award at the nearby Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School, in order to help aspiring students further their educations in the arts.

The award is administered by the Henriette Reiss Award Committee which solicits applications, selects recipients, organizes award events, and engages in fundraising. Its current members are David Anderson, Pamela Dalton, Gili Melamed-Lev, Eric Muller, Ted Pugh, Peter Reiss, Renate Reiss, George Riley, and Fern Sloan. The award's endowment fund is part of the school's endowment. Award amounts can vary from year to year and have ranged from $500 to $1,500, depending on the success of annual fundraising efforts to supplement the endowment’s income. 

Henriette Reiss
Henriette Reiss, 1912. Pastel portrait by Winold Reiss.