Biennial Shines Spotlight on Two East End Artists

“Abrasha in Port-au-Prince” by Peter Beston

Sag Harbor-based Frank Wimberley and Peter Beston of East Quogue are two of six artists to take home the Award of Merit during the 2018 Long Island Biennial, now on view at The Heckscher Museum of Art, located at 2 Prime Avenue in Huntington.

They share the honor with Beth Atkinson of Northport, John Cino of Patchogue, Elizabeth Heaton of Amityville and Bill Shillalies of Massapequa.

“The art world needs as many venues as possible for new artists; this is so important and very much appreciated,” juror Robert Carter said in a press release. “The artist entries were surprising in how they varied in media use and subject matter — touching on nature, social issues and more. And, each juror brought their own unique perspective to the judging.”

“Slight Disturbance” by Frank Wimberley

This year, the Long Island Biennial — a juried exhibition featuring contemporary artists from across Suffolk and Nassau Counties — received a record 351 artist entries. With 51 works selected for exhibition — 38 of which belong to first-time exhibitors — they represent communities from New Hyde Park to Montauk.

“With so many new names in the gallery, Long Island Biennial provides a unique and exciting space for visitors to see a snapshot of what is happening artistically on Long Island,” the press release said.

The biennial will remain on view through November 11. For more information, visit