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Visual Art Competition

Click here for Visual Art Competition Rules & Guidelines
Click here for the Participation Entry Form
Click here for the Heroes Release Form

Congratulations to the Visual Art Winners!

Gau Ayaj, Joslyn Barry, Melissa Bornstein, Alexis Bryant, Alan Delano, Marissa Fuchser, Danielle Hansen, Bridget Hestermann, Ben Keaschall, Jasmine Kudron, Haven Kirkendoll, Diana Kravchuk, Justyn Payne, Madison Penn, Jessica Ramaekers, Katherine Reifenrath, Scotty Sullivan, Daevieyawn Wilkinson, Elizabeth Zander;

Click here to view the award winning art and artist statements!

Click here to view pictures of the May 3, 2013 First Friday Art Walk and April 28, 2013 Awards Reception
Photographs courtesy of Angela Carroll, Gary Plouzek, Linda Arnold, Scott Tinkham and the Visual Voice Photo Forum Service Team.  Thank you! 

About the Visual Art Competition:

Through their teachers/facilitators (including youth leaders, administrators and/or parents/guardians), students were invited to submit an original work of art (drawing, painting, collage,textiles, quilt, sculpture/ceramics, photography, graphic art, assemblage and multi-media) that related to the theme “Heroes Among Us”.  No group efforts were accepted; only creations by individuals were eligible for judging. The art submissions had to follow all Competition Guidelines and were judged by a panel. All winning art was digitally photographed and saved in disk form, with each student receiving a copy.  The winning student artists and their “Heroes” were honored at a special reception on April 28, 2013 at Lincoln Southwest High School. In addition, an exhibit of the art is currently on display at the Lincoln/Lancaster City/County Building and will run through August, 2013.  To commemorate this exhibit, a “First Friday Art Walk” Reception with the Mayor of Lincoln, Chris Beutler, was held May 3, 2013.


Purpose: To learn about and identify “Heroes” in the community and create an art piece that tells a story or creates an image of that selected “Hero” or his/her heroic act.

Theme: Heroes Among Us

Who May Enter: Students in grades 6-12 within a 50-mile radius of Lincoln. Art entries had to be created by a current student (public, private or home-schooled) as of February, 2013.

Instructions for Submissions of Art:  All entries, with completed and signed forms, had to be submitted by a teacher/facilitator on behalf of the student.

maximum of 10 art entries per school/per site could be submitted to the Hildegard Art Competition for the  judging.

Teachers/facilitators were responsible for submitting all art entries and artist statements along with all required forms (Competition Participation Entry Form and Hero Release Form completed with appropriate signatures, permission and disclaimer forms and waivers).  Teaacher/facilitators were also responsible for picking up all artwork to be returned to the students.

Liz Shea-McCoy served as the Project Chair for the Visual Art Competition.  Participants were asked to contact Liz Shea-McCoy (402-430-5923 or if special arrangements were needed for art drop off or have questions about the Art Competition.

Deadline Date for Submission of Art:  Art could be received at Old City Hall, 920 “O” Street, Lincoln (second floor Court Room) from 2-6 p.m. on Sunday, March 24th, 2013 or 2-6 p.m. Monday, March 25, 2013.  Judging results were made public the week of April 1. Any entry that was incomplete or had been received past the deadline was not eligible for judging.

Judges for the Visual Art Competition:

Diane Gonzolas, Liz Shea-McCoy, Ann Williams, Jane Raybould, Jeanne Sayers, Sue Reiber