About The Awards

Celebrated every June, the prestigious Union City Artist Awards honor the most talented and dedicated artists from all disciplines who have contributed to Union City's artistic fabric. What makes this award so special is that it celebrates and accentuates an individual artist’s distinguished artistic career and his/hers many accomplishments.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Union City Artist Awards 2017


A wonderful night at the 6th Annual Union City Artist Awards with a packed house of a who’s who from the arts community.  Once again, the awards honored the most talented and dedicated artists from all disciplines who have contributed to Union City's artistic fabric.


The Union City Artist Awards continue to demonstrate our City's great appreciation for our artists and flourishing arts community.  The event is a true celebration of the many contributions that artists have made to our community and beyond.

The 2017 Honorees were:  

Abel Toledo, Oscar Sanchez, Tommy Colavito, Cesar G. Orellana, Armando Guiller, Dr. Fernando Uribe, Gino DePinto, Franke Estevez, Liliana Herrera, and Luz Evelyn Santiago.


Abel Toledo

Oscar Sanchez

Tommy Colavito

Cesar G. Orellana

Armando Guiller

Dr. Fernando Uribe

Gino DePinto

Franke Estevez

Jorge Herrera accepting on behalf of Liliana Herrera

Luz Evelyn Santiago

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Union City Artist Awards 2016 Honorees

A magical night at the 5th Annual Union City Artist Awards.  It was a packed house of a who’s who from the arts community.  The awards honored the most talented and dedicated artists from all disciplines who have contributed to Union City's artistic fabric.


The Union City Artist Awards continue to demonstrate our City's great appreciation for our artists and flourishing arts community.  The event is a true celebration of the many contributions that artists have made to our community and beyond.



The 2016 Honorees were:  Fernando Contreras, Carmela Altamura, James Austin Jr., Ken Jan Woo, Jonathan Fritz, Berkis Contreras, Carlos Pina of Pina Productionz, Tony Rodriguez, Brandon Medina, Ruby Jurado, Javier Granoble, Rosario Flores, and Walter Barco Bajaña.  
(Photos courtesy of Mouhsine Idrissi Janati)

Fernando Contreras

Carmela Altamura

James Austin Jr.

Ken Jan Woo

Jonathan Fritz

Berkis Contreras

Carlos Pina of Pina Productionz

Tony Rodriguez

Brandon Medina

Ruby Jurado

Javier Granoble

Rosario Flores

Walter Barco Bajaña


Saturday, June 20, 2015

The 4th Annual Union City Artist Awards

Don Oriolo and family accepting on behalf of honoree Joseph "Joe" Oriolo

Classy Fun-filled Affair

The City of Union City’s Fourth Annual Union City Artist Awards held on Friday, June 19, 2015 at the William V. Musto Cultural Center in Union City, New Jersey was a classy fun-filled affair.  From the moment you approached the “museum” you knew you were in for a glorious night.  Outside the Center, attendees were greeted by several classic cars, a red carpet, and underneath a large white tent, theatrical lighting and killer dance music.  The event brought together a who's who from the arts community.  If you're an artist, this was the place to be seen.

The awards honored some of the most talented and dedicated artists from all disciplines who have contributed to Union City's artistic fabric, and some honorees have succeeded at an international level.  

Inside, refreshments were served to the music of Bob DeBenedette.  The place was swinging and enthusiasm was very high in anticipation of the awards ceremony.  City Commissioners Tilo Rivas and Celin Valdivia addressed the audience, as well as City Historian, Gerard Karabin; City Poet Laureate, Jorge Luis Seco, and City Art Curator, Amado Mora.  Each spoke eloquently in explaining the importance of the arts in the community.

Commissioner of Public Affairs and also artist, Lucio Fernandez served as Master of Ceremony, and accompanying him as presenters were Taylor Schramm and Liliana Barrera.  However, the night belonged to the dozen honorees.  They varied from photographers to fashion designes to educators, but all were very accomplished individuals with an extensive list of credentials.  

Ray Machado & His Group

Following the awards ceremony the packed  house danced the night away to the electrifying music of Ray Machado & His Group. This was a most memorable evening, and having so many artist under one roof made it all even more special.

The honorees were:
Charles Bernard Murray
Ray Machado Gomez
Mouhsine Idrissi Janati
Alex Rask
Giovanni Calabrese
Orlando del Rio
Ray O. Machado Cruz
Joseph D. Fiorenza Conklin
Mrs. Eleanor Yaschak
Elizabeth Ann McLaughlin



Joseph "Joe" Oriolo Accepted by his son Don Oriolo 

&


Michele Savoia of House of Savoia
Virginia Hildebrant and Steven Zivkovic accepted the award on behalf on of Gabriella Savoia 
for her dad, Michele Savoia