Winners Announced In City Employee Art Contest

The National Arts ProgramWork on display at Lincoln libraries

City Councilman Carl Eskridge presented cash and scholarship awards Friday, June 29 to the winners of the National Arts Program (NAP) contest for employees of the City of Lincoln, the Lincoln Public Schools (LPS) and their families. The 78 participants entered 139 pieces of art, the most ever submitted for the NAP in Lincoln. No City or LPS funds were used for the contest or exhibit, and the program had no entry fee.

This is the sixth year the City has participated in the NAP, which sponsors 85 annual art contests and exhibitions in 41 states. This is the first year the contest has been open to LPS employees.

All artwork entered is on exhibit through July 27 at these four libraries:

  • Bennett Martin, 136 S. 14th St.
  • Gere, 2400 South 56th St.
  • Eiseley, 1530 Superior St.
  • Walt, 6701 South 14th St.

The winner of the "Best in Show" award is Adam Schwaninger, an art teacher at School Middle Schoo. He will receive $300 for that award. A complete list of award recipients follows this article. One youth artist and one teen artist also won scholarships for classes at the LUX Center for the Arts.

Judges for the contest were three local visual artists – Jason Davis, Carlos Guerrero and Jen Landis.

More information on the NAP is available at


BEST IN SHOW ($300) - Ben D. Fussel, Adam Schwaninger, Art Teacher at Schoo Middle School

YOUTH (age 12 and under)

1st Place ($75): Bust, Nikole Andersen, daughter of Adam Fagnant, Public Works and Utilities
2nd Place ($50): Museum, Serina Kendrick, daughter of James Kendrick, Public Works and Utilities
3rd Place ($25): Design Bug, Clara Kendrick, daughter of James Kendrick, Public Works and Utilities

LUX Scholarship Award: Landscape, Elija Shane, son of Ed Kouma, Public Works and Utilities
Honorable Mention: I Am Number 4, Erin VandeHoef, daughter of Lori VandeHoef, Librarian at Lakeview Elementary
Honorable Mention: Gabriel Blowing a Bubble, Gabriel Bennett, son of Heather Hingst Bennett, Parks and Recreation AmeriCorps

TEEN (Ages 13 through 18)

1st Place ($75): Some Kind of Wilderness..., Jati Zunaibi, son of Firuz Hussin, Pioneers Park Nature Center
2nd Place ($50): At the Beginning..., Jati Zunaibi, son of Firuz Hussin, Pioneers Park Nature Center
3rd Place ($25): Prinesa de la jardin, Sean Jones, son of Melinda Jones, City Finance
LUX Scholarship Award: Best Friends, Sadie Lewallen, daughter of Tom Cajka, City-County Planning


1st Place ($300): Untitled #2, Natalie Jordan, daughter of Rex Jordan, Public Works and Utilities
2nd Place ($200): Diango, Davida Norsworthy, wife of Matt Norsworthy, Lincoln City Libraries
3rd Place ($100): Elephant #3, Kimberly Shrader, Parks and Recreation AmeriCorps


1st Place ($300): Olympus Mons, Levi Gerlach, Parks and Recreation AmeriCorps
2nd Place ($200): travel (subway), Annie Shepherd, daughter of Doug Shepherd, Police Garage
3rd Place ($100): Untitled #1, Kristin Clabaugh, Lincoln City Libraries
Honorable Mention: Arachnibot (Tarantulas), Paige Schuppan, sister of Tracy Schuppan, Public Works and Utilities


1st Place ($300): What a Wonderful World, Yvonne Meyer, Art Teacher at Lakeview Elementary
2nd Place ($200): Utopian Universe, Mollie Magnuson, Parks and Recreation AmeriCorps
3rd Place ($100): Flamingos, Kimberly Shelley, Lincoln City Libraries
Honorable Mention: More Dum Dum Pops, Heather Hingst Bennett, Parks and Recreation AmeriCorps
Honorable Mention: Spare Pair, Gina Egenberger, City-County Health Department


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