Lincoln, Neb., February 20, 2017. . . . . The Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel, majority owned and managed by Marcus Hotels & Resorts, today announced Nicole Battelle Van Hook as its second Artist in Residence. Battelle Van Hook will move into the studio and gallery space on the main level of the hotel on April 1st.
Battelle Van Hook was one of five finalists for the program. A lifelong Nebraskan, she is a full-scale paper scultpture artist, ultizing specialty papers and Swarovski crystals. Actively involved in the Lincoln community, she has created costumes for Lincoln Pinewood Bowl, previously managed Paper Panache and fashioned tablescapes for Table Inspirations at the Lied Center for Performing Arts.
Paper Artist Nicole Battelle Van Hook creates full scale paper sculptures and wearable paper couture. She is inspired by the ballet and her imagination. Battelle, states “Paper dances for me, I have to see it come to life.”
Her passion for paper sculpture and wearable paper couture has led to a permanent piece at National Museum of Dance in New York and intensive collaborations with California-based Ballet Zaida.
The hotel will host Battelle Van Hook on the property in a gallery space open to the public for the Cornhusker Artist-in-Residence program. During her year of residency, Battelle Van Hook will spend 30 hours weekly in an on-site studio, creating pieces, organzing weekly gallery classes, hosting First Friday Artwalks and networking with guests to create a truly enriching experience for all.
A legacy piece will be created during her year of residency to permanently be on display within the hotel. Her piece will be displayed next to the piece created by the first Artist In Residence, Margaret Berry.
The Artist-in-Residence program was created by Marcus Hotels & Resorts in 2009 at The Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee, Wis. The program encourages the public and guests to interact with a local artist, enriching the overall guest experience during their visit as they are able to connect with the artist and see the evolution of the pieces created. The excellent guest response to the program at The Pfister led to expanding the program to other company-owned properties, including the Skirvin Hilton Hotel in Oklahoma City, OK.
The Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel is located at 333 South 13th Street in Lincoln, Neb. and is majority owned and managed by Marcus Hotels & Resorts. For more information or to reserve accommodations, please call 1-800-228-9290 or visit www.marriott.com/lnkfs.
About The Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel
Located in the heart of downtown Lincoln just minutes from the historic Haymarket District, The Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel has proudly served Nebraska’s capital city for nearly 90 years. Known as the premier downtown destination for business and leisure travelers, the 300-room property is within easy walking distance of the University of Nebraska campus, Memorial Stadium, the State Capitol, Haymarket district, Railyard and Pinnacle Bank Arena. Take advantage of the hotel’s newly renovated amenities, including 46,000 square feet of flexible meeting space and complimentary Wi-Fi in all public spaces– or grab a perfectly paired bite and brew at The Miller Time Pub & Grill, take a dip in the heated indoor pool, hit the gym and more. To keep up with the latest Cornhusker happenings, find the hotel on Facebook or follow it on Twitter and Instagram.
About Marcus Hotels & Resorts
Marcus Hotels & Resorts, a division of The Marcus Corporation (NYSE: MCS), owns and/or manages 18 hotels, resorts and other properties in the U.S. The company’s distinctive portfolio includes city-center meeting hotels, upscale resorts, historic properties, and premium branded and independent first-class hotels. Marcus Hotels & Resorts is an approved operator for all major lodging brands. A leader in the hospitality industry since 1962, Marcus Hotels & Resorts creates asset value for hotel owners through its expertise in management, development and product repositioning, including hotel food and beverage concepts developed by its Marcus Restaurant Group, including Mason Street Grill, ChopHouse and Miller Time Pub & Grill. The company is also growing its experiential restaurant concept, The SafeHouse, with a Chicago location opening in early 2017. For more information, please visit and follow the company on Facebook and Twitter (@MarcusHotels).