BETHLEHEM, PA–The ArtsQuest Foundation is honored to announce that four-time Pulitzer Prize winner Carol Guzy will receive the Foundation’s prestigious Pinnacle of the Arts Award at the fourth Linny Awards ceremony Nov. 14, 6 p.m., at the ArtsQuest Center’s Musikfest Café at SteelStacks. The Pinnacle of the Arts Award is presented to an individual who has lived or currently resides in the Lehigh Valley and has achieved national or international distinction in the visual, literary or performing arts.
Born in Bethlehem, Guzy graduated from Liberty High School and then studied at Northampton County Community College, graduating with an Associate’s Degree in Registered Nursing before a change of heart led her to the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale in Florida to study photography. She began her photojournalism career at The Miami Herald, and later worked at The Washington Post.
Guzy has spent years documenting everything from natural disasters to political turmoil, with a focus on the hope and compassion that exists during times of crisis. She earned her first Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography in 1986 for her pictures of the devastating mudslide in Armero, Colombia. She was recognized again in 1995 for Spot News Photography for her coverage of the military intervention in Haiti, and in 2000 she received a Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography for her work in Kosovo.
Guzy won her fourth Pulitzer, for Breaking News Photography, in 2011 for coverage of the Haitian earthquake in 2010, and she is the only journalist to receive four Pulitzer Prizes. She has also been named Photographer of the Year for the National Press Photographers Association three times and eight times for the White House News Photographers Association.
David Yanoshik Receives Lifetime Achievement Award for Volunteerism
David Yanoshik, Associate Vice President for Marketing and Public Relations at St. Luke’s University Health Network, is the recipient of this year’s Lifetime Achievement Linny Award for Volunteerism. The award is presented to an individual who has served in a volunteer leadership role in one or more arts organizations and whose hard work has led to significant impact in the arts community.
A Penn State graduate and lifelong resident of the Lehigh Valley, Yanoshik has spent most of his career in the sales and marketing departments in the publishing industry. With two decades’ experience at Lehigh Valley Media Group (The Express-Times and lehighvalleylive.com), he has been heavily involved in a variety of community organizations, including ArtsQuest, The United Way, Discover Lehigh Valley, Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation, Dream Come True, Northampton Community College Foundation/Lehigh Valley Food and Wine Festival, LaunchBox Advisory Board, the Weller Health Education Center and the Lehigh Valley Ad Club. In 2015, he was the recipient of the Weller Center’s Outstanding Friend to Kids Award. In addition, he also manages the community event website, GetInvolvedLV.com.
Just Born Named Business Supporter of the Arts Winner
The ArtsQuest Foundation is pleased to announce that Just Born Quality Confections of Bethlehem is the recipient of the 2019 Linny Award for Business Supporter of the Arts. The award is presented annually to a regional business that has contributed extensively to the local arts community.
Established in 1923, Just Born Quality Confections has been an avid supporter of the arts for many years in a variety of ways, including grants, product donations, volunteerism and employee participation on area boards and committees. Just Born recognizes that a strong cultural life is important and essential to the overall quality of life in the Lehigh Valley. The third generation, family-owned company supports programs designed to make the arts more accessible and inclusive such as the SATORI music & art appreciation program in Bethlehem Community Schools, Allentown Art Museum’s Discover Art program with 4th grade students from Allentown and Mikayla’s Voice Wheels of Friendship painting program which inspires children of all abilities. In addition, the company’s iconic PEEPS® candy has been widely used in dioramas, sculptures and other works of art both locally and nationally. Since 2009, Just Born has partnered with the nonprofit ArtsQuest to present the free PEEPSFEST® festival for families, drawing up to 10,000 people to Bethlehem Dec. 30-31 to welcome the New Year.
About the Linny Awards
Named after the late Marlene ‘Linny’ Fowler, a stained glass artist and community leader who supported artists and arts organizations throughout the Lehigh Valley for more than a quarter century, the Linny Awards are designed to recognize and celebrate the region’s flourishing arts community. In addition to the Pinnacle of the Arts, Business Supporter of the Arts and the Lifetime volunteerism award, the Foundation will present several other awards Nov. 14 including Visual Artist of the Year, Performing Artist of the Year, Emerging Artist of the Year, Arts Educator of the Year and Student Artist Scholarship Award.
Proceeds from the Linny Awards go to support the Foundation, which Fowler helped found in 2003. The Foundation is focused on supporting and strengthening the long-term sustainability of ArtsQuest, the nonprofit that presents Musikfest and 4,000 other programs, events and educational classes annually for the region, 40 percent of which are free to attend.
For complete information on the ArtsQuest Foundation and the Linny Awards, please visit www.artsquestfoundation.org.
Mark Demko, ArtsQuest
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