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The National Arts Program in Lincoln, Nebraska

The 2012 National Arts ProgramThe National Arts Program® is designed to give all artists, at all skill levels, an opportunity to exhibit their work in a professional manner and to compete for cash prizes. The exhibit is judged by professional artists in Amateur, Intermediate, Professional, and Youth classifications and is open to employees and retirees of the City of Lincoln and Lincoln Public Schools and their family members. It is sponsored by the National Arts Program Foundation with the support and cooperation of the City of Lincoln and Lincoln Public Schools.  The National Arts Program® is coordinated by AmeriCorps staff at Lincoln Arts Council.

Public Exhibition

All artwork entered will be exhibited April 4 through April 30, 2014. The exhibit is free to the public and will take place at the following Lincoln City Library locations: Eiseley Branch, 1530 Superior St.; Gere Branch, 2400 S. 56th St.; Walt Branch, 6701 S. 14th St.; and Bennett Martin Library, 136 S.14th St.

Awards and Reception

NAP ReceptionArtists will be recognized with a reception and ceremony at Bennett Martin Library, located at 136 S. 14th Street, on April 4th, 2014 from 6pm to 8pm.  We hope you will join us for a relaxed evening to meet fellow artists and enjoy some refreshments and artwork.

Adult (Amateur, Intermediate, & Professional)

  • 3 – First Place Awards of $300
  • 3 – Second Place Awards of $200
  • 3 – Third Place Awards of $100

Youth / Teen (Youth 12 & under; Teen 13-18)

  • 2 – First Place Awards of $75
  • 2 – Second Place Awards of $50
  • 2 – Third Place Awards of $25
  • A Best of Show Award of $300 will be presented.
  • Honorable Mention Ribbons will be awarded at the discretion of the judges.
  • Each artist receives a Certificate of Participation in The National Arts Program®. 

2014 National Arts Program Award Winners

BEST IN SHOW ($300) Fairy Tale CastleCharon Becker, wife of Zachary Becker, Public Works and Utlities

YOUTH (age 12 and under) 
1st Place ($75): We Come From Mars, Serina Kendrick, daughter of James Kendrick, Public Works and Utilities

2nd Place ($50): Elephant's Picnic, Clara Kendrick, daughter of James Kendrick, Public Works and Utilities

3rd Place ($25): Twins, Hailey Brundage, relative of Jane Tillman, Finance 

Honorable Mention: Best Friends, Nusrat Amin, daughter of Nahrin Amin, Lincoln City Libraries

TEEN (Ages 13 through 18)
1st Place ($75): Reclining Woman, Roxanna Piersol, daughter of Victoria Piersol, Aging Partners

2nd Place ($50): Double Vision, Ashley Baker, daughter of James Baker, LPS

3rd Place ($25): Harley Quinn, Luci Packard, sister of Wyatt Packard, Lincoln City Libraries

Honorable Mention:  Rain Drops, Morgan Cuttlers, daughter of Pamela Cuttlers, Lincoln City Libraries

1st Place ($300): Borghese, Mark Lago, LPS

2nd Place ($200): Daily Bread, Pamela Cuttlers, Lincoln City Libraries

3rd Place ($100): Home Bound, Michael Ulrich, LPS

Honorable Mention: - Yakcheonsa Temple, Jeju, Kathryn Kelley, Lincoln City Libraries

1st Place ($300): It's a Spiritual Thing, Nicole Shulde, Law

2nd Place ($200): Iris Spring, Barbara Baier, Finance

3rd Place ($100): Reflection, Lin Quenzer, Mayor's Office

1st Place ($300): Wedding, Garden of the Gods, Summer 2012, Matthew Norsworthy, Lincoln City Libraries

2nd Place ($200): Wonder, Yvonne Meyer, LPS

3rd Place ($100): Girl in Bed, Nina Colgan, sister-in-law of Willa Tharnish, Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department

Honorable Mention: Bloom, Yvonne Meyer, LPS


There are many ways that you can help with The National Arts Program®. For example: we need volunteers to help hang artwork in the libraries at the end of March. Just send us a message on our contact page and specify that you are interested in volunteering for The National Arts Program® exhibit. Or you can call Alma at 402-434-2787 to volunteer.


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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