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Lincoln Arts Festival To Feature Six Emerging Artists

Now in its 14th year, residents of Lincoln NE and the surrounding region eagerly anticipate the Lincoln Arts Festival each year. The festival is home to fabulous works of art by around one hundred artists from across the country. Also featured at the festival are live music acts and a family friendly atmosphere with children’s activities, food and raffle prizes.

The 2014 Lincoln Arts Festival will take place Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, and Sunday, September 28, 2014 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at SouthPointe Pavilions, 27th and Pine Lake Road in Lincoln.

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Volunteers Needed for Lincoln Arts Festival


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Art of Rock Festival | Call To Artists


The 2014 Art of Rock Festival is accepting applications for Chalk artists.
Artists of all ages and skill levels are welcome to apply.
Student groups are welcome!

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Illuminating Lincoln: Lighthouse, A Public Art Project Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Lighthouse

ILLUMINATING LINCOLN: LIGHTHOUSE is a Public Art Project celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Lighthouse:  a community-based, after school program which provides a safe, nurturing, supervised environment for youth in middle and high schools to participate in academic support, recreational activities, field trips, evening meals, educational workshops and mentoring.


The concept for the project is a Light Bulb - an icon of illumination - using fiberglass with a polyurethane resin for an environmentally friendly, strong, long-lasting medium manufactured by Icon Poly, in Gibbon, NE.


Professional and emerging Artists interested in participating in ILLUMINATING LINCOLN: LIGHTHOUSE are invited to an informational, but not required, meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, July 14, at Old City Hall in Lincoln, 920 O Street.  Information and the Application Form and Agreement can be found at


ILLUMINATING LINCOLN: LIGHTHOUSE is modeled after such projects as Chicago's cows, Omaha's J.Does and Lincoln's Tour de Lincoln.


Artists may submit up to 3 drawings (proposals) and are encouraged to use their imagination and creative talent to paint, add mosaics, glass, etc. and manipulate and/or add onto the six-foot Light Bulb for outdoor display in Lincoln, to be enjoyed by thousands,  May 1 - September, 2015.


Artists submitting proposals juried into the Project and who are sponsored, will receive their 6-foot Light Bulb sculpture(s) in January, 2015, along with a $500 material stipend. In addition, Artists will receive one third of the final auction (October 2015) price of their sculpture(s).


Questions - Call Liz Shea-McCoy, Project Director

(402) 430-5923

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Latest Events

Sing from the Heart

Our popular dessert concert and charity fundraiser will be a fun tribute to our furry and feathered friends as we celebrate the world of animals. Your ticket provides you with not only great music but also fabulous desserts. A freewill offering will be taken for the Capital Humane Society. Music by the First Presbyterian Choir, Dr. Brian Pfoltner, conductor, with Dr. Charles Ore, piano. Special guests Malley Keelan, tenor, and Jack Rinke, piano.

Join us for an evening of wonderful music and desserts as we support a great local cause. A few four-legged friends may even make an appearance!

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Isabelle Demers, Organ

This will be an incredible musial event with the world's premier Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser, and wonderful pianist Cali McKasson. Tickets for the concert are: $18 adults, $15 seniors. $8 students, 12 & under free.

In addition Alasdair will be holding a fiddle workshop on Saturday, March 22, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. also at the church. The workshop is free and open to the public.

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Left Coast Swing

Nebraska Jazz Orchestra featuring the 2015 Young Jazz Artist - Friday, April 17, 2015, 7:30 p.m. at the Cornhusker Marriott in Lincoln.

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Big Bad Bass Bone

Nebraska Jazz Orchestra featuring Matt Erickson, bass trombone - Thursday, October 9, 7:30 p.m. at the Cornhusker Marriott, Lincoln.

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Burkholder Gallery October Exhibitions and Opening

MAIN GALLERY: Nebraska Landscapes . . . ‘It was a dark and stormy night’ – by Anne Burkholder; New and Unique Jewelry by Pam King

OUTBACK GALLERY: Photography – Nebraska Landscapes by Alan Smith

SKYLIGHT GALLERY: Oil Paintings by Jim Miklavcic

SPECIAL EXHIBIT: ‘A Parliament of Owls: Needle Felt Sculptures’ – by Michelle Liebgott-Osinga

SHOW TIMES: Wednesday, October 1st - Thursday, October 30th


GALLERY HOURS: Tuesday – Friday, 10 am – 4 pm; Saturday, 9 am – 3 pm


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Special Thanks

In 2009 the Lincoln Arts Council received a generous gift from the estate of Ken Good, a portion of which was used to redevelop our website and establish an endowment. We offer our heart-felt thanks to Kenneth J. Good for his generosity and vision for a beautiful future.

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