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Reservations Now Available for the 2014 Mayor's Arts Awards

The 2014 Mayor's Arts AwardsMark your social calendar today for May 28th 2014!

Get sm’art and reserve early!  Delicious buffet, and delightful program honoring Lincoln’s art luminaries.  Live music and cash bar!!

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Get Sm’art - Mayor’s Arts Awards Winners!

The 2014 Mayor's Arts Awardsartscene.org/maa-2014-reservations

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2014 National Arts Program® Award Winners

We Come From Mars
"We Come From Mars"
Serina Kendrick, Age 10,
1st Place in Youth (12 and under).

The National Arts Program® 2014 judging has been completed. 16 winners have been chosen for cash prizes, and 4 pieces have been recognized for Honorable Mentions. The Lincoln Arts Council is excited to announce that the program this year has 63 registered participants who will exhibit 100 pieces of artwork.  This year’s participating artists comprise 20 City of Lincoln employees or retirees, 6 LPS employees, and 37 family members, which includes 26 teen and youth participants. Every piece of artwork being exhibited exemplifies the talent that exists in the Lincoln community, from levels of Amateur to Professional, and including Youth and Teen categories. This year’s “Best in Show” prize of $300 is awarded to Charon Becker, wife of City of Lincoln employee Zachary Becker, for her painting “Fairy Tale Castle” in the Intermediate category. For a full list of this year’s winners, please visit artscene.org/national-arts-program.

Add the 8th Annual National Arts Program® reception to your First Friday art walk plans! A public reception and awards presentation ceremony will be held at Bennett Martin Public Library on First Friday, April 4, from 6pm – 8pm, graciously hosted by LPS Visual Arts Curriculum Supervisor Lorinda Rice. Can’t make it? The 8th Annual National Arts Program® exhibition will hang April 4 – April 30 in Bennett Martin, Gere, Eiseley, and Walt libraries, during normal library hours. Please come out and see this fantastic show!

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The Experience of Community Supported Art Can Be Yours

Community Supported ArtImagine… you arrive at the Lincoln Arts Council tent to pick up your first crate of CSArt. It is a pleasant evening and the street is humming with conversation and commerce as the Jazz in June crowd browses the booths in front of The Lied Center. Strains of music float on the breeze as you linger to talk with CSArtists who are on hand to enjoy with you surprise and delight at seeing your art shares for the first time. It’s like Christmas in June! Look… there’s more! Much like a farm CSA, your crate contains “bumper crop” items like event tickets or hand-made note cards. And you have two more opportunities to receive art hand-crafted just for you in the company of the artists involved and your fellow CSArt supporters.

By purchasing a share of CSArt stock, you have not only put nine Lincoln artists to work on this commission, you have put one of them “in residence” in classrooms at Lincoln High School working with students as they create the tenth piece of art in your deliveries. This exposes students to work with a professional artist and real-world experience in creating a commissioned piece of art.

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Latest Events

William Splinter Memorial Gallery Exhibit April - September

The Larsen Tractor Test & Power Museum will hold an annual open house on Sat. April 12th , 10am - 2pm at UNL’s East Campus. Children ages 4-9 can participate in a Kiddie Tractor Pull in the Museum parking lot at 12:00 noon. Area collectors can display their own tractors in a tractor show; all types of tractors will be displayed including pulling, antique, restored, and unrestored machines. Bring the whole family to see what is new and happening at Larsen Museum! New exhibits are now on display, including the former test car from the Nebraska Tractor Test Lab.

The new William Splinter Memorial Gallery displays agricultural themed artwork of Nebraska artists; the first is Craig Cassell. His exhibit features a dozen graphite drawings of antique tractors, old buildings, and outdoor scenes, expertly rendered by mouth using a dental device that allowed Craig to draw in spite of a diving accident that resulted in quadriplegia when he was 17, and will be on display April - September.

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The Lightning Bugs

Lincoln Community Foundation Garden Performance Series featuring The Lightning Bugs!

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Oasis Bluegrass Band

Lincoln Community Foundation Garden Performance Series featuring Oasis Bluegrass Band!

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The Honeyboy Turner Band

Lincoln Community Foundation Garden Performance Series featuring the Honeyboy Turner Band!

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The Jazzocracy

Lincoln Community Foundation Garden Performance Series featuring The Jazzocracy!

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Special Thanks

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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