Category: The National Arts Program

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 National Arts Program 2014 Deadline Extended

The National Arts ProgramTo ensure the best exhibition possible for 2014, the Lincoln Arts Council has extended the registration deadline for The National Arts Program®! If you or a family member is a City of Lincoln or Lincoln Public Schools employee, you are invited to submit your work until February 28, 2014.

Artists of all skill levels are invited to participate in The National Arts Program® 2014. Amateur, Intermediate, Professional, and Youth categories compete to win cash prizes up to $300, totaling $2,400 in prize money. LUX Center for the Arts Scholarships will also be awarded at the judges' discretion. All entries will be exhibited in participating Lincoln City Libraries locations throughout the month of April, and a public reception will be held on April 4th, 2014. As always, it is free to enter!

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The National Arts Program® 2014 – Register now!

The National Arts ProgramThe National Arts Program® 2014 registration is still open! City of Lincoln and Lincoln Public Schools employees and their immediate family members are invited to compete for prize money totaling $2,400 in this juried art exhibition. All artwork entered will be exhibited April 4 through April 30, 2014 in the Lincoln City Libraries.

The National Arts Program® is designed to give visual artists at all skill levels an uninhibited opportunity to exhibit their work in a professional manner and to compete for cash prizes. The exhibit is judged by professional artists and visual art professionals in Amateur, Intermediate, Professional, Teen and Youth classifications, and is free to all. The National Arts Program® in Lincoln, NE is coordinated by AmeriCorps staff at the Lincoln Arts Council.

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Celebrating Local Talent: The 2013 National Arts Program Awards Ceremony

NAP ReceptionOn Friday, July 12th we celebrated the City of Lincoln's National Arts Program with a reception and awards ceremony at Bennett Martin Library. It was a wonderful evening with attendance more than exceeding previous years. The evening opened with participants, family members and friends exploring the 30+ works of art of award winning participants. The Lincoln Arts Councils Executive Director, Deb Weber, opened the ceremony with a couple of words about the program and introduced City Library Director, Pat Leach. Pat thanked all of the visitors to the library and expressed her pride in the number of library employees that participated in this years NAP program. City Councilman, Carl Eskridge, then announced the award winners and presented ribbons and cash awards to each of those individuals.

Samuel NewboldEvery year, the judges that jury the show choose a Best of Show award. The award can go to any one of the categories (Youth, Teen, Amateur, Intermediate, or Professional) under discretion of the judges. This years "Best of Show" award went to a deserving young man, Samuel Newbold. Sam also won first place in the Amateur category. In speaking with him, his friends and family, it was said that the piece of artwork that won these awards, was a gift that he had made for his parents for Christmas. The piece hangs in their house and when his mother, Tamra Teasley employee of Bennett Martin Library, became aware of this opportunity encouraged Sam to submit it into the exhibition. After hesitation, the piece was finally submitted. The support, from family, friends and proud Bennett Martin employees, was obvious as they cheered Sam on as he first received his award for the Amateur category and then for his Best of Show award. "As the coordinator of the City of Lincoln's National Arts Program for the last three years, I would have to say that Sam's story is one that defines what the program is all about, an opportunity for those who have great talent to put their ideas and creations out into the public eye and in turn receive recognition for their skills and creativity." said Lincoln Arts Council staff member, Mollie Magnuson.

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Register now for National Arts Program!!!

The National Arts Program

The registration deadline for the National Arts Program is JUNE 10, 2013.

The National Arts Program® is designed to give all visual artists - at all skill levels - an uninhibited opportunity to exhibit their work in a professional manner, and also to compete for cash prizes. All entries will be displayed in Lincoln City Libraries from July 12-August 9, 2013. Sponsored by the National Arts Program Foundation in support and cooperation with the City of Lincoln and Lincoln Public Schools, the exhibit is judged by professional artists and visual art professionals in Amateur, Intermediate, Professional, Teen and Youth classifications, and it is free to all who qualify. Don't miss this chance to be recognized for your creativity, and be proud of your art!

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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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