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Acker Awards 20208th Acker Awards 2022

The NY Acker Awards, an annual program created to recognize avant garde excellence in our metropolitan area, celebrates its eighth year with a raft of new recipients who have added to the richness of the community with their dedication to cutting-edge cultural and social contribution. At the same time, we mourn the passing of irreplaceable individuals who have exerted a profound influence on our world.
We have been honored to have as masters of ceremonies such contemporary luminaries as poet Bob Holman, performance artist Kembra Pfahler and singer/songwriter/playwright Phoebe Legere, who returns this year as my co-host.

Acker Awards 2021NY ACKER Awards
honor LES essential workers 2021

The NY ACKER Awards are known for honoring Downtown avant-garde artists who have not always gotten their due of recognition. Now, for the firsttime, during this extraordinary moment, the ACKER Awards are recognizing unsung essential workers. The awards ceremony took place Aug. 18 at the Henry Street Settlement’s Abrons Arts Center, at 466 Grand St. Previously, there was a digital version of the awards ceremony in 2020. The recipients received two special commemorative posters produced by two talented New York City artists, Jerry Pagane and Ray Felix.

Acker Awards 20207th Acker Awards 2020
CREATOR/PRODUCER: Clayton Patterson
Catalogue cover design: Steve Ellis
Catalogue cover painting: Elsa Rensaa
Box: Mehdi Matin
Booklet: John Gagliano
Helping: Puma Perl, Peter Cramer and Jack Waters.

INSTAGRAM on Dec 30 at 6pm


Acker Awards Poster 20196th Acker Awards 2019
Creator/Producer: Clayton Patterson
MC: Phoebe Legere | Music: Gryphon Rue & Keith Patchel
Sponsor: Jump into the Light & Group Collective 198 Bowery
& Overthrow Boxing
Video: Brian Neff & Alicia Angel
Design: Splashgraphixz
Portrait Cups: Zito
Box: Clayton Patterson
155 First Ave | New York

Acker Awards 2018 chapbook5th Acker Awards 2018
CREATOR/PRODUCER: Clayton Patterson
MC: Kembra Pfahler | Box: Steve Ellis | Bio-booklet Design: The Villager | Pre-show entertainment: Keith Patchel & his Venus Ensemble include Clara Francesca, Alexis Kandra, Cantata Fan, Sayaka Aiba, Kelsey S. Brewer and Jo Eubanks & special guest poet Bob Holman | Archival Producer: Lewanne Jones & archival researcher & documentary producer | Usher & Tech: Jay "Blond Boy" Wilson | Sponsor: The Villager & Overthrow Boxing | ACKER Cover 2018 Steve Ellis KP | Theater 80 | 80 St. Marks | New York | Jan 21, 2018

Acker oster 20174th Acker Awards 2017
Awards ceremonies
presented by Clayton Patterson

Theater 80 | 80 St. Marks | New York | Feb 12, 2017
Clayton Patterson holds the fourth annual Acker Awards for avant-garde artists. Among this year’s honorees will be artist Alex "The Countess" Zapak, whose story is particularly relevant in the current political climate. "She overstayed her visa by 15 days and was banned for five years from entering America," Patterson said. "After the five years, she is still not being allowed in. It is wrong and un-American." ... more

Acker Award 2016 poster3rd Acker Awards 2016
Awards ceremonies
presented by Clayton Patterson

Howl Festival
6 East First Street btw Bowery and 2nd Ave | March 17, 2016
The ACKER Awards were created by Clayton Patterson in New York. Join Patterson and friends as they pay tribute to members of the avant-garde arts community who have made outstanding contributions in their discipline in defiance of convention, and to those who have served their fellow writers and artists in outstanding ways. ... more

Acker Awards website 20142nd Acker Awards 2014
Awards ceremonies
presented by Clayton Patterson

Theater 80 | 80 St. Marks | New York, NY 10003 | June 1, 2014
The Acker Awards is a tribute given to members of the avant garde arts community who have made outstanding contributions in their discipline in defiance of convention, or else served their fellow writers and artists in outstanding ways. Acker Awards are granted to living and deceased members of the New York City communities. New York was chosen for his historic linkage as center for the avant garde. ... more

Acker Awards Website 20131st Acker Awards 2013
Awards ceremonies
presented by Clayton Patterson

at The Angel Orensanz Foundation
172 Norfolk Street, Manhattan New York | June 6, 2013
Honoring L.E.S. avant-garde with the first annual Acker Awards | As the tide of gentrification and the money it brings in its wake continues to wash away the creative culture that made the Lower East Side a world-renowned artistic center, I feel the need to somehow save, at least, an impression of what made the L.E.S. such a creative force. .. more

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