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2006 Media Releases

February 16, 2006
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Deb Weber, Lincoln Arts Council, 434-2787

Nomination deadline extended, award artist and judges named

The date for the 28th annual Mayorís Arts Awards has been changed from June 7 to the evening of Wednesday, June 14, 2006 at the Lied Center for Performing Arts. The event is sponsored by the Lincoln Arts Council (LAC), and this yearís presenting sponsor is Union Bank. The Mayorís Arts Awards program formally recognizes artistic contributions and achievements in the Lincoln area.

Those wishing to nominate a project, organization or person may request a nomination form by calling the LAC at 434-2787 or printing a form from the LAC Web site, A list of previous winners also is available at that Web site. The nomination deadline has been extended to February 24, 2006.

LAC Executive Director Deb Weber said this yearís awards will be created by Gail Kendall, a professor of art and art history at UNL. When she received a Mayorís Arts Award in 2004, Kendall was credited with being a major force in establishing UNL as one of the nationís premier ceramics programs. As a potter, her work has been featured in one-person and major group exhibitions locally, nationally and internationally. She has been recognized with UNL research fellowships; prizes and purchase awards in national exhibitions; three individual arts fellowships from the Nebraska Arts Council; and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Weber said judges also have been chosen:

  • Ann Chang-Barnes is a pianist who teaches at the UNL School of Music. She is Artistic Director and founder of the Meadowlark Music Festival, which recently won a Governorís Arts Award.
  • Nancy Childs is a curriculum specialist in the visual arts for the Lincoln Public Schools and a practicing artist. She was a 2005 Mayorís Arts Award winner.
  • Michele Kiefel, is in the Indigenous Roots Teacher Education Program at UNL and works for Nebraska Jazz Orchestra through Arts Incorporated.
  • Rob McKercher is the Director of Theatre at Doane College in Crete and won a Mayorís Arts Award in 2002 while he was Artistic Director at the Lincoln Community Playhouse.
  • Gail Ogden, who works at UNL, is a modern dancer, dance reviewer and graphic designer.
  • Dee Tenney is the Past President of the Lincoln Symphony Guild, a recipient of a 2005 Mayorís Arts Award. She currently serves on the Lincolnís Symphony Orchestra board.
  • Tom Woods IV is the Program Officer for Woods Charitable Fund, Inc. He is a visual artist and serves on a variety of arts and community service boards.

Nominations are being accepted for the following awards:

  • The Oliva Family ďArts for KidsĒ Award honors an individual from outside of the arts professions whose leadership has enhanced arts activities and experiences for children.
  • The Artistic Achievement Award - Performing Arts recognizes excellence and accomplishment in any of the performing arts.
  • The Artistic Achievement Award - Visual Arts recognizes excellence and accomplishment in any of the visual arts.
  • The Artistic Achievement Award - Youth recognizes excellence and accomplishment in any arts discipline by a young person age 18 or younger.
  • The Halcyon Allsman Benefactor of the Arts Award honors an individual, family, organization or business for making significant financial contributions to the arts in Lincoln.
  • The Arts Organization Award recognizes an arts group that has made significant contributions to Lincolnís arts community over a period of years.
  • The Leadership Award recognizes an individual or organization for making a major overall impact on the arts in Lincoln.
  • The Cultural Celebration Award recognizes artistic work that has fostered an appreciation of a specific culture or cultures through the arts.
  • The Literary Heritage Award recognizes a writer or individual who promotes excellence in writing and literature in Nebraska.
  • The Larry Enersen Award recognizes outstanding urban design in Lincoln.
  • The Heart of the Arts Award recognizes outstanding volunteer efforts on behalf of the arts.
  • The Event of the Year Award recognizes a performance, exhibition, event or project in 2005 that will be notable in the community memory for years to come.
  • The Gladys Lux Education Award recognizes special initiatives or dedication to arts education.

A Mayorís Choice Award also will be presented.

The public also is encouraged to submit names of members of the Lincoln arts community who have died since the last awards ceremony in June 2005 for memorial recognition at the event.

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