Northeast Nebraska High School Juniors Recognized As Young Artist Award Recipients

Northeast Nebraska High School Juniors Recognized As Young Artist Award Recipients
Courtesy of UNL College of Fine and Performing Arts.

LINCOLN – Among the students chosen as Nebraska Young Artist award winners, a handful were members of northeast Nebraska communities.

According to a release from the University of Nebraska Lincoln’s Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts, 57 winners were recognized during the 25th annual Nebraska Young Artist Awards.

Nebraska High School juniors were highlighted among these awards for their talents in visual art, dance, music, theatre and film as well as emerging media arts.

Among the 57 winners, over 30 high schools were featured.

Piper Dather from Bloomfield (Crofton HS) was awarded in the visual arts specialty area; Niraphone Malavong from Dakota City (South Sioux City HS) for dance; Grace Kleinschmit from Hartington (HCC) for theatre arts; Meredith McGregor from Hartington (HCC) for music; Karen Alvarado from Jackson (Ponca HS) for visual arts; Alex Cook from Norfolk (Norfolk HS) for music; Alexandra Jensen from Norfolk (Norfolk HS) for music and Malori Schrader from Norfolk (Norfolk HS) for dance were area representatives.

Students applied for the recognition and submitted an example of their work. Applications were received from 116 students as Hixson-Lied College faculty chose the winners.

Award winners were also asked to nominate the teacher who provided them with the greatest amount of mentoring and support in the development of their special talents.

Students will receive a certificate and an original piece of artwork commissioned for the event and created by a School of Art, Art History and Design printmaking students.

Due to COVID-19, activities previously slated for April 6 have now been rescheduled.

Students and families will join faculty and students on campus in smaller groups between March 25 and April 6. Also, visiting students will tour arts facilities, participate in a workshop with Husker faculty and watch current Husker students at work.

Upcoming dates include March 25 for dance; April 4 for emerging media arts, theatre and visual arts as well as April 6 for music.

Director of recruitment for the college and coordinator of the awards Chris Watson said. “we are excited to bring students and families back to campus for our 25th year of the Nebraska Young Artist Awards. Our faculty are looking forward to meeting and working with these young artists in person. This is the perfect event for celebrating the self-expression and connection that everyone needs right now.”

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