City of Lincoln
2013 Media Releases
- April 9, 2013
- For More Information Contact:
- Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 402-441-7831
- Deb Weber, Lincoln Arts Council, 402-434-2787
Winners Announced for Mayor's Arts Awards
Mayor Chris Beutler and the Lincoln Arts Council (LAC) have announced the winners of the 2013 Mayor's Arts Awards, which will be presented the evening of Wednesday, June 12 at the Lied Center for Performing Arts. The awards formally recognize artistic contributions and achievements in the Lincoln area.
Invitations will be sent this month. More information is available at artscene.org. Event sponsors for 2013 include the James C. and Rhonda Seacrest Foundation. Video sponsors are U.S. Property and Grand Manse, Liberty First Credit Union and Jerry and Annette Hall. Additional sponsorship opportunities are still available.
2013 award winners include:
- The Mayor's Choice Award will be presented to the late blues artist Morris "Magic Slim" Holt. The award is sponsored by Cline, Williams, Wright, Johnson & Oldfather L.L.P.
- The Richard Hay Arts Organization Award will be presented to the Nebraska Brass. The award recognizes an arts group that has made significant contributions to Lincoln's arts community over a period of years and is provided through a bequest to the LAC from the late Dr. Richard Hay.
- The Outstanding Event Award will be presented to "Gods of the Prairies," a production of the Colonel Mustard Amateur Attic Theatre Company. The award recognizes a performance, exhibition, event or project in the previous year that will be notable in the community memory for years to come. The award is sponsored by Joe and Judye Ruffo.
- The Artistic Achievement Award - Visual Arts will be presented to abstract painter Marjorie Mikasen. The award recognizes excellence and accomplishment in any of the visual arts and is sponsored by Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital.
- The Artistic Achievement Award - Performing Arts will be presented to actress Pippa White. The award recognizes excellence and accomplishment in any of the performing arts and is sponsored by Farmers Mutual Insurance Company of Nebraska.
- The Artistic Achievement Award - Youth will be presented to actor and singer Alex Wooten, a Lincoln Southeast student. The award recognizes excellence and accomplishment in any arts discipline by a young person age 18 or younger and is sponsored by Runza® Restaurants.
- The Gladys Lux Education Award will be presented to retired UNL piano teacher Joan Reist. The award recognizes special initiatives in or dedication to arts education and is endowed by the Gladys Lux Foundation.
- The Heart of the Arts Award will be presented to Jean Martin, the "artist in residence" at the Legacy Estates. 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 award is sponsored by Talent Plus, Inc.
- The Halcyon Allsman Benefactor of the Arts Award will be presented to Russ's Market. The award honors an individual, family, organization or business for making significant financial contributions to the arts in Lincoln. The award is co-sponsored by Cornhusker Bank and the Near South Neighborhood Association. Both sponsors also are providing tickets to the awards event for participants in the LAC's Artists in Schools and Communities program.
- The Lincoln Community Foundation Arts for Kids Award will be presented to the Lincoln Community Learning Centers for the Science of Sound program. 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 Lincoln Community Foundation.
- The ArtScene Backstage Award will be presented to Morrie Enders, Executive Director of the Lincoln Community Playhouse, for extraordinary service to the arts through behind-the-scenes efforts. It is sponsored by A to Z Printing.
- The Literary Heritage Award will be presented to photographer and author Joel Sartore. The award recognizes a writer or an individual or group who promotes excellence in writing and literature in Nebraska and is sponsored by the Nebraska Literary Heritage Association.
- The Urban Design Committee has awarded the Enersen Urban Design Award to the Antelope Valley Project and its three major partners - the City of Lincoln, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Lower Platte South Natural Resources District. The award is sponsored by Clark Enersen Partners.
- The Kimmel Foundation Emerging Artist Awards will be presented to Jordan Buschur and Rebecca Reinecke. The award includes a $1,000 stipend and a residency at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. It is sponsored by the Richard P. Kimmel and Laurine Kimmel Charitable Foundation.
This year's award is being created by Lora Rocke, who creates quilted portraits.
Additional support for the Mayor's Arts Awards is provided by Ann Rawley and Larry and Nancy Bird. For more information on available sponsorship opportunities, contact Lori McAlister at 402-802-2099 or email@example.com.
The public is encouraged to submit names of members of the Lincoln arts community who have died since the last awards ceremony in June 2012 for memorial recognition at the awards event. Information can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.