- April 8, 2009
- For More Information Contact:
- Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
- Deb Weber, Lincoln Arts Council, 434-2787
WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR MAYOR'S ARTS AWARDS
Mayor Chris Beutler today announced the winners of the 31st annual Mayor's Arts Awards. The awards will June 3 by
the Lincoln Arts Council (LAC) June at the Lied Center for Performing Arts. The Mayor's Arts Awards program formally
recognizes artistic contributions and achievements in the Lincoln area. Union Bank and Trust Company will again be
the presenting sponsor.
The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with a reception, and the awards begin at 7 p.m. Tickets to the event are $50, and
reservations are required. Checks can be sent to LAC at 920 "O" Street, Lincoln, NE 68508. More information is
available by calling the LAC at 434-2787or on the LAC Web site at www.artscene.org.
The reservation deadline is May 26.
- The Arts Organization Award will be presented to the non-profit Lux Center for the Arts, which offers
visual arts classes and exhibition space. The award recognizes an arts group that has made significant contributions
to Lincoln's arts community over a period of years and is sponsored by Runza.
- The Artistic Achievement Award - Visual Arts will be presented to wildlife artist Cliff Hollestelle,
who is recognized nationally for his wood and bronze waterfowl sculptures. The award recognizes excellence and
accomplishment in any of the visual arts and is sponsored by Bob and Marilyn Harris.
- The Artistic Achievement Award - Performing Arts will be presented to Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra,
now in its 82nd season. In addition to its concert schedule, LSO has extensive educational and outreach programs.
The award recognizes excellence and accomplishment in any of the performing arts and is sponsored by Farmers Mutual
Insurance Company of Nebraska.
- The Gladys Lux Education Award will be presented to Sandra Williams, an Associate Professor of Art
at UNL and a multimedia artist who is actively involved in projects with the Lincoln Public Schools. The award
recognizes special initiatives in or dedication to arts education and is sponsored by the Gladys Lux Foundation.
- Two Heart of the Arts Awards will be presented this year. The recipients are Anne Pagel and
Diana Warner. Pagel, an arts journalist and curatorial assistant for Karen and Robert Duncan, was director of
the Haydon and a project director for LAC and has served many arts organizations. Warner is a pianist and volunteer
for arts organizations including the Musical Art Club, Friends of the Opera and Lincoln's Symphony Guild. This award
recognizes individuals or organizations for outstanding volunteer dedication to the arts or for making a major overall
impact on the arts in Lincoln. The awards are being sponsored by Talent Plus and Lucy Buntain Comine in memory of Anne
- The Halcyon Allsman Benefactor of the Arts Award will be presented to Steve Wake and Linda Esterling. They
have shared their extensive collection of art glass for exhibitions, fund-raisers and other events, and are active in
the Lux Center for the Arts, the Haydon and the Sheldon Art Association. The award honors an individual, family,
organization or business making significant financial contributions to the arts in Lincoln and is sponsored by Wells
- The Oliva "Arts for Kids" Award will be presented to the Malone Center for its "My World, My Dreams"
Summer Art Academy. The award honors an individual or organization from outside of the arts professions whose
leadership has enhanced arts activities and experiences for children. It is sponsored by the Giacomo and Dorothy
- The Literary Heritage Award will be presented to the late Robert Knoll, an author and longtime
English professor who passed away in January. The award recognizes a writer or individual who promotes excellence in
writing and literature in Nebraska and is sponsored by the Nebraska Literary Heritage Association.
- The Larry Enersen Award, which recognizes outstanding urban design in Lincoln, will be presented to two
projects. The Harris Overpass is being honored as a public project, and Liberty Village is being
honored as a private project. The award is sponsored by Clark Enersen Partners.
- The Mayor's Choice Award will be presented to Kiechel Fine Art, which has specialized in contemporary
and 20th century regionalist art since 1986. The award is sponsored by Cline, Williams, Wright, Johnson and
- The Kimmel Foundation Award will be presented to Jenni Brant and Erika Navarrete. The award
recognizes visual artists and includes two-week residencies at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts and a
Except for the Literary Heritage, Larry Enersen and Mayor's Choice awards, honorees are selected by a panel of arts
professionals. This year's award is a metal sculpture created by Adam Loman of Play Creative.
The public is encouraged to submit names of members of the Lincoln arts community who have died since the last
awards ceremony in June 2008 for memorial recognition at the awards event.