Mayor's Arts Awards Call for Artist

By: Star City Buzz Email
By: Star City Buzz Email

Please send your proposal to:

or the Lincoln Arts Council at 1701 S 17th St., Lincoln, NE  68502

The Lincoln Arts Council (LAC) in partnership with the Mayor’s Office will produce the Mayor’s Arts Awards on June 12, 2013 on the Lied Center main stage. Each of the fourteen winners will receive an actual work of art as part of their recognition. The LAC is accepting proposals from artists who feel their current work may be appropriate and would consider making the fourteen awards.

This annual celebration of Lincoln’s best artists, arts organizations, art consumers and art related funders is a prestigious local showcase, plus, the art awards will be proudly displayed in the homes of the winners. The exclusive group of artists who have done awards in the past include such artists such as Rob Hillestad, Carol DeVall, Keith Jacobshagen, and Ted Kooser. For example, the award in 2012 was a lovely ceramic plate by Jenni Brandt, the 2011 award was a framed handmade paper collage by Joe Ruffo, and the 2010 award was a small-scale fabric sculpture by Rob Hillestad.

There is a modest stipend for the works, and the schedule for completion is:

February 1, submission deadline
February 15, artist selected and notified
March 1, initial design concept
April 1, one piece completed (photographed for promotional purposes)
May 21, all pieces completed

The fourteen works do not have to be identical, but should share a family resemblance in size, style and genre. Each work should be an original, or if a print, an edition limited to these fourteen.

The LAC placed a similar call for artists in 2011 and 2012, and those proposals will be considered again. Submissions, or re-submissions may choose to be informed by the theme ideas. “Win With the Arts,” games of chance, and the colors in the iconic “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign would connect to the event theme, but a link to the theme is by no means necessary. The LAC has been asked what characteristics the winning artwork might have and the answer is a fairly ambiguous, “It should be award-like.” Openly satirical or comic works are much less likely to have serious consideration from the committee. Having said that, the committee is very aware that these are “Arts” awards and they are quite open to unconventional works.

If your current work seems suitable for these awards and you would like to be considered for this year’s Mayor’s Arts Award Artist, please submit before the deadline of February 1st, an email or written proposal. Proposals should describe the artworks and include some background on yourself. Photos of similar works are welcome, but not necessary.

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