Thank you to 31 NATA members who took the opportunity to exhibit 62 student's art pieces at the Nebraska Association of School Boards Conference last week! Thank you to Jody Boyer, Jocelyn Reiss, and Mollie Magnuson for installing and deinstalling a beautiful display. Lynette Fast and Jody Boyer had the opportunity for in depth conversation with about 40 convention attendees about the value of supporting visual arts education and the importance of art educators across Nebraska. A special thank you to Dr. David Alati from OPS Norris Middle School for supporting Jody Boyer with professional leave to manage the display and spend a day at the exhibit. You too can provide your student's work at this exhibit in 2016. Get in the habit of holding work back for opportunities like this.
Please nominate outstanding art teachers! Do you know someone that should be nominated for one of our association awards? Take a look at this suggested criteria, and submit your nominations today!
PreService students - please put April 9, 2016 on your calendar. Plan to attend the NATA conference organized just for you!
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One artist is chosen from a pool of applicants and given the use of a working art studio that will be on the lobby level of the hotel for a full year, beginning April 1, 2016. During the residency, the selected artist will spend time creating pieces, hosting gallery nights and networking with guests.
General manager of The Cornhusker, Susan Madsen, said she is eager to begin the new program. “The Artist-in-Residence program will be an exciting way to meld the local art culture with The Cornhusker and give guests a unique memory with our hotel,” Madsen said in a news release. “Guests will have the opportunity to walk up to the artist’s studio, be a part of the creation process and build a personal connection with the designer. This will be a distinctive feature that we are excited to initiate.”
In addition to the provided studio space, the Artist in Residence will receive a $1,000 monthly stipend, complimentary meals in the hotel’s cafeteria and a $500 monthly house spend account for entertaining new and potential buyers. A legacy piece will be created during the year of residency to be on display permanently in the hotel.
Artist selection will begin with the Artist-in-Residence Program Board of Directors, a group of local art enthusiasts, including gallery owners, artists, curators and hotel managers. Six finalists will be chosen by the board and the finalists will then display their work for public voting. The final winner will be announced on Feb. 1, 2016.
The Cornhusker has already begun accepting applications for interested artists and welcomes any range of media. Artists who would like to be considered for the program can request an application by emailing ArtistInResidence@TheCornhusker.com. All applications are due by Dec. 1, 2015.
The Artist-in-Residence program was created by Marcus Hotels & Resorts in 2009 at The Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee. Marcus says the program encourages the public and guests to interact with a local artist, enriching the guest experience. The response to the program at The Pfister led to expanding the program to other company-owned properties. The Cornhusker, A Marriott Hotel, is at 333 South 13th St. For more information or to reserve accommodations, call 1-800-228-9290 or visit www.marriott.com/lnkfs.