Recent Awards

The following is the list of the Individual Aritst Fellowship Awards awarded to Nebraska artists ratified at the NAC Board of Directors meeting on March 25, 2014.

2014 Individual Artist Fellowships: FILMMAKING & PERFORMING ARTS
$5,000 Distinguished Artist Award

Michael Burton, Filmmaking - Animation (Lincoln)
Lee Murray, Filmmaking - Experimental (Omaha)

$2,000 Merit Award
Becky Key Boesen, Playwriting (Lincoln)
Randall Snyder, Composition (Lincoln)
Robert Stewart, Playwriting (Lincoln)
Andrew Yolland, Playwriting (Omaha)

$1,000 Merit Award
Joseph Basque, Playwriting (Omaha)
Brian Pfoltner, Composition (Lincoln)

NAC Artist Directory - Artists Selected for NTP, AiSC Rosters
The Nebraska Arts Council (NAC) announces the latest round of artists accepted into the NAC Artist Directory. The Directory consists of two rosters: the Nebraska Touring Program (NTP) roster and the Artists in Schools/Communities (AiS/C) roster.

After acceptance into the rosters, artists and ensembles are listed in NAC's Artist Directory, which is accessible to organizations and communities around the state for potential artist workshops, residencies and performances.

Acceptance into the rosters is based on a competitive review managed by the NAC. Artist proposals are reviewed annually by a panel of experts who make their recommendations to the Arts Council for inclusion on the rosters, based on criteria developed specifically for each program. The NAC Board of Directors ratifies the review panel’s recommendations each spring at their quarterly meeting, which recently took place in Omaha. The following is a list of the accepted artists, their place of residence and artistic media.

Nebraska Touring Program Artists
Includes artists and exhibitions from a variety of disciplines, available for touring across Nebraska.

Nicaulis Alliey – Flutist, Lincoln: Nicaulis Alliey leads an ensemble of performers offering a range of cultural styles to audiences that may not otherwise have the opportunity to discover firsthand the dynamics of non-Western musical traditions.

I, Siren – Piano, voice and oboe trio, Omaha: I, Siren features an all-female chamber ensemble of classically trained musicians exploring the power of creative collaboration and highlighting the present, historical and future role of women in music.

The Talbott Brothers – Indie/folk popular music, Omaha: Led by brothers Nick and Tyler Talbott, this home-grown folk-rock band draws elements of its sound from a variety of genres and sounds—including mandolin, piano, acoustic and electric guitars—and offers both original music and creatively revamped covers of classic tunes.

Prints of the UNO Print Workshop – printmaking, Omaha: Prints of the UNO Print Workshop is a traveling exhibit of selections from the archives of the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Print Workshop, showcasing a diverse range of styles, materials and aesthetic philosophies. Featured artists include Karen Kunc, Kent Bellows, Keith Jacobshagen and Jun Kaneko.

Mike and the Magic Pants – Children’s music, Lincoln: Veteran children’s artist and literature professor Mike Mennard joins forces with the Mighty Magic Pants—an unlikely band of math teachers, pirates, cowboys and pediatric dental hygienists—to form Mike and the Magic Pants, an experience that blends music, poetry, motion and fun into something the whole family will enjoy.

Twyla Hansen – Poet, Lincoln: Twyla Hansen was recently named Nebraska State Poet by Governor Dave Heineman for 2013 - 2018. Her most recent work, Dirt Songs: a Plains Duet (with Linda M. Hasselstrom), won the 2012 Nebraska Book Award and was finalist for the 2012 High Plains Book Award.

Artists in Schools/Communities
Includes teaching artists who lead educational activities in schools or community settings. During AiS/C residencies, participants experience artist-led activities over a period of days or weeks.

LaTryce Anderson – Dancer, Omaha: LaTryce explores hip-hop and contemporary dance with students of all ages, tailoring her approach to the development, needs and physical abilities of each participant. She also incorporates history into dance lessons for grade-schoolers, tracing the origins of hip-hop dance to its roots in Africa.

Nancy Konrardy – Visual artist, Roca: A Daytime-Emmy-award-winning costume designer, Nancy Konrardy uses art as a vehicle for students to discover and expose the interconnectedness of all things and stimulate life-learning through creative thought and problem solving.

Delores Matthews – Musician, Omaha: In her workshops and residencies, Delores Matthews focuses on how to sing effectively, how to compose songs, and how to improve performance. Delores also incorporates the history of American music with a specialty in Gospel Music as an art form.

Mark Powers – Musician, Omaha: After studying the drumming styles and musical traditions of several cultures, celebrated percussionist Mark Powers offers two fun and exciting thematic residencies for kids. ‘The Sights & Sounds of Ghana’ explores music from African cultures, and ‘Junk Jam’ features music made from everyday objects.

Sheri Cohen Vollmer – Dancer, Omaha: Sheri Cohen Vollmer is the founder and director of ABC Dance Factory, dance educator at Mercy High School and Teaching Artist for Dancing Classrooms. She teaches beginning through advanced classes, specializing in improvisation and the choreographic process.

Photo Credit: Omaha Theatre Company's production, "If You Give a Cat a Cupcake"

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