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April 19, 2019
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Diane Gonzolas, City Communications, 402-441-7831
Michele Peon Casanova, Lincoln Arts Council, 402-434-2787

Reservation Deadline Extended for Mayor's Arts Awards

The deadline has been extended to Monday, April 29 for reservations for the 2019 Mayor's Arts Awards ceremony Thursday, May 9 at Pinnacle Bank Arena. The 41st annual event, presented by the Lincoln Arts Council (LAC), is open to the public. It begins with a reception at 5:30 p.m. and includes dinner at 6:15 p.m., the awards presentation at 7 p.m., and the Winners' Reception at 8:30 p.m. Reservation information is available at

This year's theme "Starry Night" pays tribute to Vincent Van Gogh's well-known painting. For the second year, local artists are creating art boards (8 inches by 4 feet), and this year's are inspired by Van Gogh. They will be displayed during the event and available for a purchase to benefit LAC.

Each award winner will receive an original art piece by internationally renowned Nebraska artist Stephen Dinsmore. Returning as emcee is DeWayne Taylor, a teaching artist, beat boxer and KFRX radio host.

This year's Outstanding Event Award will be presented to "A Celebration of Philip Glass," the April 2018 world premiere of a piano quintet by the renowned composer at the Lied Center. As part of the Arts Awards program, UNL professor and pianist Paul Barnes will perform the first movement of the piece with the Amore Quartet, a student ensemble.

The Outstanding Event Award is sponsored by Mark and Kathy LeBaron. Other honorees and sponsors are:

The event will also honor the recipients of the Kimmel Foundation Emerging Artist Awards - visual artist Jon Love and writer Daniel Zebert. Each award includes a $1,000 stipend and a two-week residency at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. The awards are sponsored by the Richard P. Kimmel and Laurine Kimmel Charitable Foundation.

Tickets are $75 and are available from the LAC at 402-434-2787 or The reservation deadline is April 22. Corporate tables and sponsorship opportunities are also available. The Winners' Reception after the program will be on the Arena outdoor Capitol Terrace and will be $5 in advance and $10 at the door. Members of the public do not need to attend the ceremony to attend the reception.

Other sponsors of the event are Cocktail Hour: Ameritas; Video Sponsors: Pinnacle Bank, Union Bank & Trust, Farmers Mutual of Nebraska and DISH Restaurant; Ghost Light Society members: Avery Woods, Carl and Janet Eskridge and Joe & Judye Ruffo; Arts Awards Supporters: Citylight Church, Grindstone Media, Goodness Greetings, Mapes Industries, Lincoln First Realty, Don Wesely and Ann Rawley.

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