Avant Garde Artists Celebrated at Acker Awards Thursday Night

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For the past couple of years, Lower East Side documentarian Clayton Patterson and the writer, Alan Kaufman, have been putting on the Acker Awards. The idea is to celebrate outstanding members of the avant garde arts community. The third iteration of the award ceremony is coming up Thursday night at HOWL! Happening on East 1st Street.

Here are this year’s award recipients:

Lifetime Achievement – Arturo Vega
Art Criticism – Anthony Haden-Guest
Cartoon Illustrator/Punk Historian – John Holmstrom
Community Gardens and Art Shows – Carolyn Ratcliffe
Community Medical Doctor – Dr. David Ores, M.D.
Community Newspaper Event Organizer – Alice Torbush, Chris Flash, Leonard Abrams.
Cultural Facilitator – Brian “Hattie” Butterick
Filmmaking – Sara Driver
Folklore – Steve Zeitlin
Music – Chris Rael, Samoa Moriki
Photography – David Godlis, Marcia Resnick, Q. Sakamaki, Stanley Stellar
Performance – Penny Arcade
Photography – Kate Simon
Poetry – Eliot Katz
Tattoo History – Michael McCabe
Tattoo Art – Nick Bubash, Mike Bakaty
Writer – Puma Perl
Visionaries & Creative Inspirers – Dick Zigun, Rev. Richard Ryler, Shiv Mirabito, Zia Ziprin
Video – Pat Ivers, Emily Armstrong
Visual Art – Antony Zito, Curt Hoppe, Ethan Minsker, James Romberger, Marguerite Van Cook

The awards were named after Kathy Acker, the novelist and performance artist. HOWL! Happening is located at 6 East 1st St. The event begins at 7 p.m. and is free. Here’s the Facebook invite.