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2019 Mayor's Arts Awards

“Starry Night”, an Evening of Celebration in the Star City

Mayor Chris Beutler and the Lincoln Arts Council (LAC) celebrated the winners of the 2019 Mayor’s Arts Awards at the Pinnacle Bank Arena on Thursday, May 9th.

The theme for the 41st annual event was “Starry Night”, and began at 5:30 pm with a cocktail reception. Back by popular demand, local artists created original Art Boards (8in x 4ft), inspired this year by van Gogh, they were on display during the event and were auctioned to benefit LAC.

The cocktail reception was followed by dinner and the awards presentation. The Mayor and LAC payed tribute to the winners who each received an original art piece by internationally renowned Nebraska artist Stephen Dinsmore.

There was a live performance by pianist and UNL professor Paul Barnes with the student ensemble The Amore Quartet. They performed the first movement of Philip Glass’s Piano Quintet “Annunciation”. The piece received its world-premiere at an 80th birthday anniversary concert last year at the Lied Center called A Celebration of Philip Glass. That concert was the winner of the Mayor’s Arts Awards Outstanding Event Award.

“Starry Night” continued with the Winners Reception on the Capitol Terrace overlooking the Railyard in the Haymarket District. The Cube featured the winners testimonial videos shown earlier in the evening.

“I don’t know anything with certainty, but seeing the stars makes me dream.”

                                                                                                            – Vincent van Gogh