Two area students honored at Nebraska Young Artist Awards Day


For The Sun-Telegraph

Rose Nelson (left) and Sara Gingerich received Young Artist awards.

LINCOLN, Neb. – The University of Nebraska–Lincoln Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts held its Nebraska Young Artist Awards on April 8, and two local students were honored.

The Nebraska Young Artist Awards annually recognize 11th grade students from Nebraska who are gifted and talented in the areas of visual art, dance, music, theatre, and film and new media. These students exemplify the pinnacles of creativity in one of the fine and performing arts.

Sara Gingerich of Potter-Dix High and Rose Nelson, a home-schooled student from Sidney, were among the 60 students from more than 40 high schools across the state who were selected to participate in the day of activities.

Students applied for the recognition and submitted an example of their work. Applications were received from 143 students across the state. Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts faculty chose the 60 students who came to UNL on April 8 to be recognized.

Honored students took tours of the arts facilities, attended classes, met faculty and college students and had lunch. Their parents also attended.

Students selected to participate in the Nebraska Young Artist Awards were asked to nominate the teacher who provided them with the greatest amount of mentoring and support in the development of their special talents.

The day concluded with an awards ceremony in the Sheldon Museum of Art's auditorium. Students received a certificate, as well as a very special original piece of artwork commissioned for this event and created by a Department of Art and Art History printmaking students Skyler Simpson and Madison Svendgard.


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