NYS awarded 4 Patchogue artists 10K each; their exhibition starts Saturday


Four local artists were awarded $10,000 each earlier this year to develop projects.

Now the fruits of their labors and imaginations are going on display in Patchogue, with a special exhibition to be unveiled this Saturday, Dec. 16, at the Museum for Contemporary Art L.I. gallery in Patchogue.

The exhibition will run in the MOCA LI gallery at 20 Terry St. through Sunday, Jan. 7.

The awarded artists were:

  • Andrea Cote in the category of Visual Arts | Installation
  • Anu Annam in the category of Interdisciplinary
  • Benny Migliorino in the category Folk and Traditional Arts
  • Han Qin in the category of Film, Media, and New Technology

Scroll down to learn more about each artist and the weekend’s events, which includes an artists reception this Saturday night at the gallery, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Funding for the projects came through the New York State Council on the Arts, with support from the Patchogue Arts Council, which also operates the MOCA LI gallery in Patchogue.

Statewide, over $4.2 million in grant money helped support 1,200 arts organizations and 426 artists.

“For hundreds of years, artists from around the world have called New York home because of our culture, diversity, and creativity,” Gov. Kathy Hochul said in a statement. “Their innovations fuel our economy, our tourism industry and the health and well-being of our communities, and this year’s historic commitment will spur our continuing recovery from the pandemic and set the course for a stronger future.” 

The Patchogue Arts Council’s executive director, Beth Giacummo, noted that only 13 artists on Long Island were awarded the grants in 2023, so four from Patchogue is quite the percentage.

Council member and gallery curator John Cino said, “The Patchogue Arts Council was created 15 years ago with the mission of bringing contemporary art to an underserved community. The artists and their projects awarded this NYSCA grant will help bridge the divide between the local community and contemporary practices in art.”

About the artists & projects

Andrea Cote

“This is my body / Éste es mi cuerpo” 

This is my body / Éste es mi cuerpo” is a community art project and installation for Patchogue, using printmaking and empowering women to share the joys and traumas of their bodies as vessels for memory. 

Anu Annam  


(im)material girls | Spiritual, rather than physical. “we have immaterial souls” 

Interdisciplinary and intersectional, participatory experience exploring invisible identities in disabled & queer communities through synesthetic art-making. 2023 deepens understanding of drag, burlesque and trans artists, culminating in a showcase. 

Benny Migliorino 

Portraits with a Purpose 

Wet Plate Collodion portraits will highlight underrepresented creatives through traditional photography and keep this cultural form of expression alive. 

Han Qin 

Cultural Fluidity

A Floating Identity Print and 3D portraits of Asian immigrants on LI,NY. An interactive and collaborative art-tech installation portraying layers of diasporic identity shaped by immigration experience, located on Long Island. The concept is built paralleled with layered techniques of printmaking, 3D scanning and VR.

Artist information courtesy of Patchogue Arts Council

Saturday’s Schedule

  • Coffee with a Curator
  • Dec. 16 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
  • MoCA L.I. at 20 Terry St. in Patchogue

Join gallery curator John Cino and the NYSCA 2023 Artists in conversation for this special edition of PAC’s Coffee with a Curator program, the last of 2023. Register by emailing This event is available in person or over Zoom: Meeting ID: 873 0499 3359/Passcode: 962774

  • Reception with the artists
  • Dec. 16 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • MoCA L.I. at 20 Terry St. in Patchogue

Meet, chat and be the first to see the artist’s projects unveiled to the public in the MOCA LI gallery, located at 20 Terry Street in the ground floor of the ArtSpace apartment building.

Top (L-R): Andrea Cote, Anu Annam, Benny Migliorino and Han Qin.

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