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Lincoln Arts Festival To Feature Six Emerging Artists

Now in its 14th year, residents of Lincoln NE and the surrounding region eagerly anticipate the Lincoln Arts Festival each year. The festival is home to fabulous works of art by around one hundred artists from across the country. Also featured at the festival are live music acts and a family friendly atmosphere with children’s activities, food and raffle prizes.

The 2014 Lincoln Arts Festival will take place Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, and Sunday, September 28, 2014 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at SouthPointe Pavilions, 27th and Pine Lake Road in Lincoln.

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Volunteers Needed for Lincoln Arts Festival


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Art of Rock Festival | Call To Artists


The 2014 Art of Rock Festival is accepting applications for Chalk artists.
Artists of all ages and skill levels are welcome to apply.
Student groups are welcome!

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Illuminating Lincoln: Lighthouse, A Public Art Project Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Lighthouse

ILLUMINATING LINCOLN: LIGHTHOUSE is a Public Art Project celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Lighthouse:  a community-based, after school program which provides a safe, nurturing, supervised environment for youth in middle and high schools to participate in academic support, recreational activities, field trips, evening meals, educational workshops and mentoring.


The concept for the project is a Light Bulb - an icon of illumination - using fiberglass with a polyurethane resin for an environmentally friendly, strong, long-lasting medium manufactured by Icon Poly, in Gibbon, NE.


Professional and emerging Artists interested in participating in ILLUMINATING LINCOLN: LIGHTHOUSE are invited to an informational, but not required, meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, July 14, at Old City Hall in Lincoln, 920 O Street.  Information and the Application Form and Agreement can be found at lincolnlighthouse.org.


ILLUMINATING LINCOLN: LIGHTHOUSE is modeled after such projects as Chicago's cows, Omaha's J.Does and Lincoln's Tour de Lincoln.


Artists may submit up to 3 drawings (proposals) and are encouraged to use their imagination and creative talent to paint, add mosaics, glass, etc. and manipulate and/or add onto the six-foot Light Bulb for outdoor display in Lincoln, to be enjoyed by thousands,  May 1 - September, 2015.


Artists submitting proposals juried into the Project and who are sponsored, will receive their 6-foot Light Bulb sculpture(s) in January, 2015, along with a $500 material stipend. In addition, Artists will receive one third of the final auction (October 2015) price of their sculpture(s).


Questions - Call Liz Shea-McCoy, Project Director

(402) 430-5923


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Latest Events

Lincoln Lutheran Choir Retreat

Lincoln Lutheran Choir welcomes new and returning members to the Fall Concert Season.  Rehearsals begin with a retreat on Sunday, September 7th, 2-5pm at Trinity Lutheran Church, 12th &H St.  This fall the choir is pleased to welcome our new Artistic Director, Dr. Janene Sheldon. Interested new singers are asked to contact Sandie Anderson, choir board member, at 402-489-3948.  The choir always welcomes new singers to share the joy of singing!

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"Reconfigure" an interactive workshop by artist Casey Whittier at LUX Center for the Arts

The "Reconfigure" workshop will be Friday, August 29 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. It is free and open to the public. Whittier's goal for the workshop is to involve the public actively with her art—to create a work in clay that has been formed by the community. The foundation for the workshop will begin with a landscape created from clay at Whittier's opening reception Friday, August 1 from 5pm – 8pm. The piece will be on display until the workshop Friday, August 29 at which time it will be re-installed. Whittier will begin the workshop with a presentation about her work and process. She will also discuss and introduce the public participatory landscape piece. After the workshop the piece will remain in the gallery for continued interaction with the public until the close of the exhibition on September 27. 

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Lincoln Civic Orchestra 2014-2015 Season Announces Auditions

New member auditions will take place in the Orchestra Room, Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at the Rogers Center for Fine Arts on the NWU campus at 50th & Huntington Streets. Those auditioning must play scales and play a piece that shows off their ability. We currently have openings in the strings section only. To scheduls your audition, contact Rob Salistean (Conductor) at jsaliste@nebrwesleyan.edu.

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First Friday August: "Sayonara to Summer"

Say "sayonara" to summer with us! We'll have sushi-making demonstrations by a Dozo Sushi Grill Lounge chef during our First Friday reception on Aug. 1, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The event and museum admission are free and open to the public.

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"The Need for Fertile Ground" by Casey Whittier

Casey Whittier, an installation and ceramic artist presents "The Need for Fertile Ground" at the LUX on Friday, August 6 from 5-8pm. Whittier casts natural objects, primarily flowers, in porcelain. These delicate ceramic objects are then installed onto the walls and other gallery surfaces. This show will be on view in our Folsom Gallery through Sept. 27. 

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In 2009 the Lincoln Arts Council received a generous gift from the estate of Ken Good, a portion of which was used to redevelop our website and establish an endowment. We offer our heart-felt thanks to Kenneth J. Good for his generosity and vision for a beautiful future.

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