City of Lincoln
2020 Media Releases
- October 19, 2020
- Media Contact:
- Diane Gonzolas, City Communications, 402-441-7831
- Troy Gagner, Lincoln Arts Council, 402-434-2787
Public Invited to Free, Virtual Mayor's Arts Awards Event Tuesday
Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and the Lincoln Arts Council (LAC) invite the public to participate in the 42nd annual Mayor's Arts Awards at 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 20. No fee is required to watch the event, but donations to LAC are accepted.
The LAC has partnered with Basement Creators Network and Firespring to create the live celebration. It will be available at the LAC website, artscene.org; the City website, LNKTV.lincoln.ne.gov; Basement Creators Network website, basementcreators.network; YouTube livestream (LincolnArtsCouncil); and Facebook Live (Lincoln Arts Council).
This year's theme, "An Ode to Joy," pays tribute to the 250th birthday of that song's composer, Ludwig van Beethoven. The event was originally scheduled for April 14, but was postponed due to COVID-19. The Presenting Sponsors are Ameritas and Avery Woods.
The event includes an online auction of work created by local artists based on the "Ode to Joy" theme. Bids are being accepted now at artscene.org. Each award winner is receiving 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.
These award winners will be featured in video segments during the event:
- Mayor's Choice Award: Kathleen Grossman, Down Under Pottery, works with students to produce bowls for the annual Empty Bowls luncheon and has helped to raise over $1.1 million for the Lincoln Food Bank. Sponsored by Doug and Mary Campbell.
- Outstanding Event Award: Vision Maker Media, a Native-run nonprofit based in Lincoln presents the Vision Maker Film Festival to focus on Native American storytelling and film. Sponsored by Kathy and Marc LeBaron.
- >Outstanding Arts Organization: Fiendish Plots, an exhibition space co-directed by artists Charley Friedman and Nancy Friedemann, was recently featured in the USA Today newspaper. Sponsored by Davis Design.
- Artistic Achievement Award - Performing Arts: Musician and educator Kim Osborne Salistean has been the first violinist for Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra since 1976 and for the Omaha Symphony since 1980 and appears on many recordings. Sponsored by K & Z Distributing Co., Inc.
- Artistic Achievement Award - Visual Arts: Robert Esquivel has had dozens of art shows in local and regional galleries and is also involved in local theatre and music. Sponsored by Joe and Judye Ruffo.
- Artistic Achievement Award - Youth: Lincoln High School student Natalie Leininger specializes in mixed-media portraiture and has won several local art competitions. Sponsored by Filament Essential Services.
- Artistic Achievement Award - Literary Arts: Writers and teachers Lucy Adkins and Becky Breed co-authored the book "Writing in Community," and have presented numerous workshops. Sponsored by Commercial Investment Properties.
- Gladys Lux Education Award: Robert Henrichs has been the Director of Theatre at Lincoln Southwest High School since its opening in 2002 and has directed three Pinewood Bowl musicals. Sponsored by the Gladys Lux Foundation.
- Legacy of the Arts Award: Visual artist and educator Joe Ruffo served as the Chair of the Art and Art History Department at UNL and is a former President of the Lincoln Arts Council. Sponsored by Legacy Retirement Communities.
- Heart of the Arts Award: Doane University associate professor Eric Stearns is known for his outreach to students across the region. Sponsored by Runza® Restaurants.
- ArtScene Backstage Award: Kathryn Cover, has been a costume designer, props master and director at area theaters for more than 30 years. Sponsored by Susan Sehnert Stuart.
- Benefactor of the Arts Award: Jack and Sally Campbell have supported many arts and humanities organizations in Lincoln and Nebraska. Sponsored by BVH Architecture.
- Lincoln Community Foundation Arts for Kids Award: The Girl Scouts artVenture program matches small groups of Girl Scouts with professional artists for a collaborative arts education experience. Nearly 1,500 Nebraska Girl Scouts and 100 artists were part of the program in 2019. Sponsored by the Lincoln Community Foundation.
- Larry Enersen Urban Design Awards: The City's Urban Design Committee chose the Lumberworks Block (bounded by Canopy, 8th, "O" and "N" streets), the "N" Street Bikeway and the BikeLNK bike share program. Sponsored by The Clark Enersen Partners.
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.
Video Sponsors are Pinnacle Bank; Letheby Group RBC Wealth Management; Farmers Mutual of Nebraska; and Union Bank and Trust. The Winner's Virtual Experience Sponsor is Merrill Lynch Roper Bennett Team. The Online Art Auction Sponsor is Dahlsten Truck Lines.
For more information, visit artscene.org.