2018 Governor's Arts Awards Recipients Announced
For additional information contact: Jared Kennedy,402.595.2122, jared.kennedy@nebraska.gov

High-resolution images are available upon request.


(Omaha, Nebraska) – The Nebraska Arts Council is pleased to announce the 2018 Governor’s Arts Awards honorees. The biennial Governor’s Arts Awards is Nebraska’s premier event in recognizing individuals and organizations that shape our state’s artistic landscape. The impact of the arts, and these honorees, is felt in the classroom, the economy and the community. Honorees are as follows:

Emerging Leader: Jordan Huether, Gordon Theater Association (Gordon)
Excellence in Arts Education: Shari Hofschire, University of Nebraska at Omaha (Omaha) 
Excellence in Arts Education: Nebraska Art Teachers Association 
Heritage Arts: The Pawnee Arts Center (Dannebrog)
Leonard Thiessen Award: Robert Nefsky (Lincoln)
Organizational Achievement: Lincoln's Sympony Orchestra (Lincoln)
Organizational Achievement: Omaha Performing Arts (Omaha)
Organizatoinal Achievement: The Willa Cather Foundation (Red Cloud)
Outstanding Artist: Alexander Payne (Omaha)
Thomas C. Woods III Partner in the Arts: Kim West Dinsdale (Grand Island)
Thomas C. Woods III Partner in the Arts: Anna Nolan and Allen Covault (David City)

The public is invited to share in the celebration of these honorees at an upcoming dinner and awards presentation, hosted by the Nebraska Arts Council and Nebraskans for the Arts. The ceremony, Cultivating a State of Creativity, will take place Tuesday, May 8, at Embassy Suites La Vista (12520 Westport Parkway). The evening will begin with a cash bar at 5:00 p.m., followed by dinner and the awards presentation at 6:00 p.m. Ticket information is not available at this time.

About the Nebraska Arts Council
The Nebraska Arts Council (NAC), a state agency, provides numerous grants, services and special initiatives that help sustain and promote the arts throughout Nebraska. NAC is supported by the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, Nebraska Legislature and National Endowment for the Arts.

About Nebraskans for the Arts
Nebraskans for the Arts puts art at the center of life and learning for all in our state. Nebraskans for the Arts provides tools, channels and opportunities to engage officials regarding the issues most important to you as an arts supporter, teacher, artist, administrator or enthusiast.

(Awardee bios are available upon request, for further award information visit the NAC website.)


Subscribe to our email list.