Athens City Commission on Disabilities is Calling All Artists for Athena Award Redesign

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The Athens City Commission on Disabilities is Calling All Artists in the greater Athens community to submit designs for a new Athena Award. The award is presented each year to recognize a community member or an organization for outstanding service on behalf of persons with disabilities. The Commission will accept designs now through January 2021. A panel from our art community will review submissions and choose the design. The selected design will be announced soon after and the artist will receive a stipend of $1,800 for the design and to produce six physical awards, the first to be presented in the fall of 2021.


In 2014, local artists Kevin Morgan, Thomas Bennett, and Nick Delmatto created the Commission’s first award. It is time to pass the torch to another artist (or artists) and commission a new design. “We want to engage the entire community,” says Berry Dilley, co-chairperson of the award committee. “We encourage all artists, young and older, to submit a design. The award is named for the Greek goddess, for whom Athens is named, associated with wisdom, courage, inspiration, and justice.”

The physical award should capture the artist’s vision of an inclusive community and be inspired by Athena. It must be three-dimensional, able to be held, rich in texture, pleasurable to touch, and a delight to behold. All design submissions should include an artist vision statement. Interested artists should be open to collaboration with the Commission.

Submit designs before or by January 31, 2021, to the Mayor’s Office, City of Athens, 8 East Washington Street, Athens, OH 45701. The Athena Award is the only award presented by the City. For more information, email or call the Mayor’s office, 740-592-3338.