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2009 Media Releases

July 17, 2009
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Deb Weber, Lincoln Arts Council, 434-2787

Work to be displayed at Bennett Martin, Gere, Eiseley and Walt libraries

Mayor Chris Beutler will present cash awards Thursday, July 23 to the winners of the National Arts Program contest for employees of the City of Lincoln and their families. Nearly 100 entries were received, and 15 artists will be recognized in a ceremony at 6 p.m. at Turbine Flats, 2124 "Y" St. No City funds were used for the contest or exhibit, and the program had no entry fee.

This is the third 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.

All artwork entered will be exhibited July 23 through Friday, August 21 at these four libraries:

  • Bennett Martin, 136 S. 14th St.
  • Gere, 2400 South 56th St.
  • Eiseley, 1530 Superior St.
  • Walt, 6701 South 14th St.

"The National Arts Program provides an excellent opportunity for City employees to demonstrate their creativity outside of the work environment and to showcase talent in their families," Mayor Beutler said. "I encourage the public to visit the exhibits to see the outstanding work."

The winner of the "Best in Show" award is Nation Vaske, the 11-year-old grandson of Jean Hulbert, who works for the Lincoln Water System. He will receive $300. A complete list of award recipients follows this release.

Judges for the contest were Norman Geske, former Director of the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery; Anne Pagel, Curator for the Duncan Family; and Carol DeVall, a member of Gallery 9.

More information on the national program is available at

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