City of Lincoln
2008 Media Releases
Work to be displayed at Gere, Eiseley and Walt branch libraries
Mayor Chris Beutler will present cash awards Thursday, May 1 to the winners of the National Arts Program contest for employees of the City of Lincoln and their families. More than 100 entries were received, and 15 artists will be recognized in a ceremony at 10 a.m. in the City Council Chambers, 555 South 10th Street. The awards ceremony will be carried live on 5 CITY-TV, the government access cable channel. No City funds were used for the contest or exhibit, and the program had no entry fee.
This is the second year the City of Lincoln has participated in the National Arts Program, which sponsors art contests and exhibits for City employees and their families in about 450 communities across the country. Additional financial support is being provided by AmeriCorps/the Lincoln Arts Council and the Nebraska Arts Council.
All artwork entered will be exhibited from Thursday through May 21 at Eiseley, 1530 Superior Street; Gere, 2400 South 56th; or Walt, 6701 South 14th. Each artist chose the branch where his or her work will be displayed. Opening receptions will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday May 1 at each branch.
“I see the creativity of our City employees every day,” said Mayor Beutler. “This contest gives them and their families the opportunity to share their art with co-workers and the general public. We are pleased with the support of our partners, who make this contest possible. I encourage residents to visit the exhibits to see the great talent we have in our City.”
The winner of the “Best in Show” award is Matthew Norsworthy, a Library Assistant at the Bennett Martin Public Library. He will receive $300 for that award and another $300 for winning first place in the adult professional category. A complete list of award recipients follows this release.
Judges for the contest were Carol DeVall, an artist and member of Gallery 9; Michael James, quilt artist; and Renee Johnson, owner of So-Oh Fine Art.
More information on the national program is available at www.nationalartsprogram.org. The Nebraska Arts Council, a state agency, supports the program through a matching grant funded by the Nebraska Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment. More information is available at www.nebraskaartscouncil.org.
BEST IN SHOW ($300) - Matthew Norsworthy, Library
YOUTH UNDER 12
YOUTH 12 - 18