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2020 Media Releases

February 10, 2020
Media Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, City Communications, 402-441-7831
Troy Gagner, Lincoln Arts Council, 402-434-2787

Winners of Mayor's Arts Awards Announced

The Lincoln Arts Council (LAC) today announced the individuals and organizations to be honored at the 42nd annual Mayor's Arts Awards Tuesday, April 14 at Pinnacle Bank Arena. This year's theme, "An Ode to Joy," pays tribute to the 250th birthday of that song's composer, Ludwig van Beethoven.

The event is open to the public and includes a reception with an artistic hors d'oeuvres buffet and signature "Ode to Joy" cocktail at 5:30 p.m., the awards presentation at 6:30 p.m., and the Winners' Reception following the program. Reservation information is available at The Presenting Sponsors are Ameritas and Avery Woods.

Local artists are creating work based on the "Ode to Joy" theme. The pieces will be on display at the event and available for purchase to benefit LAC. Each award winner will receive an original art piece by Lincoln glass artist Marc Kornbluh. Returning as emcee is DeWayne Taylor, a teaching artist, beat boxer and KFRX radio host.

Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird has selected Kathleen Grossman and Down Under Pottery to receive the Mayor's Choice Award. Grossman and her pottery students have produced over 14,400 bowls for the annual Empty Bowls luncheon, helping to raise over $1.1 million for the Lincoln Food Bank. The Mayor's Choice Award is sponsored by Doug and Mary Campbell. Other honorees and sponsors are:

The event will also honor the recipients of the Kimmel Foundation Emerging Artist Awards - visual artist Sophia Kay Ruppert and writer Amy Keller. 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 $80 and are available from the LAC at 402-434-2787 or The reservation deadline is March 28. Corporate tables and sponsorship opportunities are also available. Those interested in receiving or sponsoring scholarship tickets, should contact the LAC. Other sponsors of the event are Pinnacle Bank; Letheby Group RBC Wealth Management; Farmers Mutual of Nebraska; Union Bank and Trust; Merrill Lynch Roper Bennett Team; Lincoln First Realty; and Southeast Community College.

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