March 4, 2022 Back To News

Peekskill Cultural Icons Saluted – LIVIA & MARC STRAUS – Emily & Eugene Grant Arts Patron Award

Peekskill Cultural Icons Saluted

Every year, leaders from Westchester’s arts and business community gather to applaud the stellar accomplishments of ArtsWestchester’s Arts Award honorees. This year’s winners include two prominent Peekskill cultural institutions, featured on this page.  


Emily & Eugene Grant Arts Patron Award 

Livia and Marc Straus have an enduring love of art and an insatiable curiosity about what is on the minds of artists. This passion has led them to a lifetime of supporting the arts. The dynamic couple, who have excelled in their respective careers, are the quintessential arts patrons. As avid collectors, their love and knowledge of contemporary art came to fruition in 2004, when they founded Hudson Valley MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) in Peekskill (formerly Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art).  

Livia’s in-depth study of Judaic history, theology and education led her to positions at the Hebrew Union College Museum and the Contemporary Acquisition Committee at the Jewish Museum in Manhattan. She also served on the Advisory Board for the Cincinnati Museum of Contemporary Art and as Curatorial Advisor for Riyadh MetroSaudi Arabia 

Dr. Marc Straus, a well-respected oncologist, was President of the Board and Head of the Exhibition Committee of The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art in Ridgefield (Conn.). 

Not surprisingly, the museum garnered numerous grants during this time, as well as an international reputation for its groundbreaking educational programs and prescient exhibitions of emerging artists.  

Both Livia and Marc have taken their museum experiences to the highest level at Hudson Valley MOCA, providing Westchester County and its surrounding area with one of its cultural treasures. 


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