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

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

The theme for the 41st annual event is “Starry Night”, and begins at 5:30 pm with a cocktail reception. Back by popular demand, local artists are creating original Art Boards (8in x 4ft), inspired this year by van Gogh. They will be on display during the event and are available for purchase to benefit LAC.

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

There will be a live performance by pianist and UNL professor Paul Barnes with the student ensemble The Amore Quartet. They will play 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 is the winner of the Mayor’s Arts Awards Outstanding Event Award.

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

Deadline for reservations is April 22nd. Come and celebrate Lincoln’s creative community with us!

Tickets are $75 and available at or from LAC at 402.434.2787. Corporate tables and sponsorship opportunities are also available.

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

– Vincent van Gogh


The 2019 winners:

Outstanding Arts Organization: Capital Jazz Society, Sponsor Davis Design

Artistic Achievement Award – Visual Arts: Santiago Cal, Sponsors Joe & Judye Ruffo

Artistic Achievement Award – Youth: Sarah Nguyen, Sponsor FES

Artistic Achievement Award – Performing Arts: Daniel Kubert, Sponsor K & Z Distributing Company Inc.

Artistic Achievement Award – Literary Arts: Paul Johnsgard, Sponsor Commercial Investment Properties

Gladys Lux Education Award: Jack Parkhurst, Sponsor Gladys Lux Foundation

Legacy of the Arts Award: Tice Miller, Sponsor Legacy Estates

ArtScene Backstage Award: Lynn Johnson, Sponsor US Property & Grand Manse

Outstanding Event Award: Celebration of Philip Glass, Sponsors Marc & Kathy LeBaron

Benefactor of the Arts Award: Pearle Francis Finigan Foundation, Sponsor BVH Architecture

Lincoln Community Foundation Arts for Kids Award: St. Elizabeth Foundation & Anna Alcalde, Sponsor Lincoln Community Foundation

Larry Enersen Urban Design Award: The Mill Coffee & Tea, Sponsor The Clark Enersen Partners

Kimmel Foundation Emerging Artist Award – Visual: Jon Love, Sponsor The Richard P. and Laurine Kimmel Charitable Foundation

Kimmel Foundation Emerging Artist Award – Literary: Daniel Zebert, The Richard P. and Laurine Kimmel Charitable Foundation

Mayor’s Choice Award: The Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel Artist-in-Residence Program, Sponsor Talent Plus, Inc.

Other sponsors of the event:
Cocktail Hour: Ameritas; Video Sponsors: Pinnacle Bank, Union Bank & Trust, Farmers Mutual of Nebraska, DISH Restaurant; Ghost Light Society members: Avery Woods, Carl & Janet Eskridge, Joe & Judye Ruffo; Arts Awards Supporters: Citylight Church, Grindstone Media, Goodness Greetings, Mapes Industries, Lincoln First Realty, Don Wesely and Ann Rawley.