Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler and the Lincoln Arts Council have announced the winners of the 41st annual Mayor’s Arts Awards, This year’s Outstanding Event Award will be presented to “A Celebration of Philip Glass,” the April 2018 world premiere of a piano quintet by the renowned composer at the Lied Center for Performing Arts.
As part of the Arts Awards program, UNL professor and pianist Paul Barnes will perform the first movement of the piece with the Amore Quartet, a student ensemble.Other honorees are:
* Outstanding Arts Organization: Capital Jazz Society.
* Artistic Achievement Award — Performing Arts: Daniel Kubert.* Artistic Achievement Award — Visual Arts: Santiago Cal.
* Artistic Achievement Award — Youth: Sarah Nguyen.* Artistic Achievement Award — Literary Arts: Paul Johnsgard.
* Gladys Lux Education Award: Jack Parkhurst.* The Legacy of the Arts Award: Tice Miller.
* Heart of the Arts Award: TBA.* The ArtScene Backstage Award: Lynn Johnson.
* Benefactor of the Arts Award: The Pearle Francis Finigan Foundation.* Lincoln Community Foundation Arts for Kids Award: St.Elizabeth Hospital Foundation and artist Anna Alcalde.* Mayor’s Choice Award: The Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel Artist-in-Residence Program.
* Enersen Urban Design Award: The Mill Coffee Tea.Each award winner will receive an original art piece by internationally renowned Nebraska artist Stephen Dinsmore.
The Mayor’s Arts Awards will also honor the recipients of the Kimmel Foundation Emerging Artist Awards — visual artist Jon Love and writer Daniel Zebert — which includes a $1,000 stipend and a two-week residency at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts.The event, which is open to the public, begins with a reception at 5:30 p.m. and includes a dinner, awards presentation and winners’ reception.Tickets are $75 and are available from the Lincoln Arts Council at 402-434-2787 or artscene.org.The reservation deadline is April 22. Corporate tables and sponsorship opportunities are also available.The winners’ reception after the program will be on the arena outdoor Capitol Terrace and will be $5 in advance and $10 at the door. Members of the public do not need to attend the ceremony to attend the reception.This year’s theme, “Starry Night,” pays tribute to Vincent Van Gogh’s well-known painting. Local artists are creating art boards (8 inches by 4 feet), and this year’s are inspired by Van Gogh.They will be displayed during the event and available for purchase to benefit the Lincoln Arts Council. The public is encouraged to submit names and photos of members of the Lincoln arts community who have died since the last awards ceremony in May 2018 for memorial recognition at the awards event.