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The 2020 Mayor's Arts Awards Rescheduled for Tuesday, October 20th

An "Ode to Joy”, an Evening to Celebrate the Arts in Lincoln

For the safety of our winners, arts community and Mayor's Arts Awards guests, the Lincoln Art’s Council recently decided to host our 2020 Mayor's Arts Awards virtually on Tuesday, October 20, 2020.

We had hoped to celebrate with you in person, however Covid-19 remains a very real part of our everyday lives. The Lincoln Arts Council (LAC) Board of Directors decided that to ensure the safety of everyone involved, the Mayor's Arts Awards will be presented live online.

We are actively working to ensure the same great Mayor's Arts Awards experience for our winners and guests – we may even throw in something unique this year that can only happen online! We will keep you updated on the event and how you can participate as we get closer to October.


42nd Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards

Tuesday, October 20th

Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and the Lincoln Arts Council (LAC) have announced the winners of the 2020 Mayor’s Arts Awards to be presented Tuesday, October 20th at an online event.  

Using Beethoven’s 250th anniversary as inspiration, the 42nd Mayor’s Arts Awards, and all of LAC’s arts engagement programming, will be thematically linked by the idea of Joy. Art and music can be used as an expression of joy, even when things are hard. Art can help us during times when other things cannot. For many great artists, writers and musicians throughout history the creative process has been cathartic. This can be true for all of us.

Local artists will be creating their own works based on the idea of Joy as part of the celebration. These will be displayed and auctioned off during the Mayor’s Arts Awards to benefit the Lincoln Arts Council.

More information will be available in the coming weeks.

For more information or to ask questions please contact Troy Gagner at 402.434.2787 or

2020 Mayor's Arts Awards Winners

Artistic Achievement – Literature Award
Lucy Adkins & Becky Breed

Artistic Achievement — Performing Arts Award
Kim Osborne Salistean

Artistic Achievement – Visual Arts Award
Robert Esquivel

Artistic Achievement – Youth Award
Natalie Leininger

Artscene Backstage Award
Kathryn Cover

Benefactor of the Arts Award
Jack & Sally Campbell

Gladys Lux Education Award
Robert Henrichs

Heart of the Arts Award
Eric Stearns

Larry Enersen Urban Design Award (2 Awards)
Block 52 (Lumberworks Block) &
N Street Bikeway/BikeLNK

Legacy of the Arts Award
Joe Ruffo

Lincoln Community Foundation Art for Kids Award
Girl Scouts artVenture

Mayor’s Choice Award
Down Under Pottery

Outstanding Arts Organization
Fiendish Plots

Outstanding Event Award
Vision Maker Film Festival

Kimmel Foundation Emerging Artist Award - Literary
Amy Keller

Kimmel Foundation Emerging Artist Award - Visual
Sophia Kay Ruppert

Presenting Sponsors

Avery Woods

Cocktail Reception Sponsor

Winner's Reception Sponsor

Video Sponsors