Nebraska Young Artist Awards

Nebraska Young Artist Awards

The Nebraska Young Artist Awards annually recognize Nebraska high school juniors who are talented in art, music, dance, theatre, or film and new media. During the past 17 years, we have recognized more than 1,100 students from across the state. These students have been selected based on the quality of their art and were selected by our faculty to come to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with their families as guests for a day of activities and awards ceremony. They see the campus, visit with UNL students and get information about what a career in some area of the arts could be like.

2014-2015 Academic Year & Submission Guidelines

  • This year's Nebraska Young Artist Awards Day will be Wednesday, April 8, 2015. Online submissions will be accepted beginning Sept. 22, 2014. All applications must be submitted online via Slideroom at unlarts.slideroom.com. Submissions for this year's Nebraska Young Artist Awards are due Friday, Dec. 12, 2014.
  • To see last year's award recipients, check out this article: 2014 NYAA Winners

Application Instructions:

  1. Go to this website: unlart.slideroom.com.
  2. Sign up for a free account on SlideRoom.
  3. After you have registered, select the appropriate category within the “Nebraska Young Artist Awards” program and proceed through the application process.
  4. Please note the media requirements for each area, as noted below. Each area has different requirements, so be sure you are sending in a complete application for your area of interest.

General information:

    The following media types are accepted:
  • Images (up to 5MB/each: jpg, png or gif)
  • Videos (up to 60MB/each: mov, wmw, flv, mp4)
  • PDF (up to 10MB/each: pdf)
  • MP3 (up to 30MB/each: mp3)

Submission Guidelines for Each Area of Interest:

(Please note: You can combine certain elements into one doc or pdf file, but please make sure your application includes all of the required elements listed below for the area you are applying under.)

If you are submitting in different areas, you should submit a separate application for each entry.

Visual Art:

    You will need to upload two media items:
  1. Submit a letter of recommendation from your teacher (doc or pdf files accepted) on the Attachments page.
  2. Submit one image of your original artwork (jpg, png or gif file up to 5MB). Any medium is now accepted—painting, drawing, photography, ceramics, sculpture, graphic design, printmaking or digital media. Choose your best work! But please only submit one image of your artwork. Submit this on the Add Media page.

Theatre-Acting:

    You will need to upload three media items:
  1. Submit a letter of recommendation from your teacher (doc or pdf files accepted). on the Attachments page.
  2. Submit a performance resume (doc or pdf file) on the Attachments page. Include a headshot on your resume.
  3. Submit a video (mov, wmv, flv or mp4 file up to 60MB) showing two contrasting monologues no longer than 2 minutes each. Submit this on the Add Media page.

Theatre-Design/Technical:

    You will need to upload three media items:
  1. Submit a letter of recommendation from your teacher (doc or pdf files accepted) on the Attachments page.
  2. Submit a resume listing the shows you have worked on. (pdf or doc files accepted.) Submit on the Attachments page.
  3. Submit a pdf file that includes photos of productions specifying your responsibilities, as well as sketches and drafting of design work, if applicable on the Add Media page.

Theatre-Directing and Management:

    You will need to upload up to four media items:
  1. Submit a letter of recommendation from your teacher (doc or pdf files accepted) on the Attachments page.
  2. Submit a pdf or doc file with your resume and list of shows you have worked on on the Attachments page.
  3. Submit a pdf on the Add Media page that includes the following materials and information: show bible for directing work, promptbook for showing stage management work and/or other materials appropriate to your project for theatre management. Specify your position on the project.
  4. If Directing, upload a video showing your directing work (mov, wmv, flv or mp4 file up to 60MB). Submit this on the Add Media page.

Theatre-Film and New Media:

    You will need to upload three media items:
  1. Submit a letter of recommendation from your teacher (doc or pdf files accepted) on the Attachments page. (This could be added in one file with your resume below.)
  2. Submit a resume listing the film and new media projects you have worked on. Specify what your role in each project and your role in the examples submitted. Submit this on the Attachments page.
  3. Submit a video (mov, wmv, flv or mp4 up to 60MB) not to exceed five minutes showing examples of film, video production or computer animation and other new media. Submit this on the Add Media page.

Music-Voice or Instrumental:

    You will need to upload two media items:
  1. Submit a letter of recommendation from your teacher (doc or pdf files accepted) on the Attachments page.
  2. Submit up to a 3-minute audio file (mp3 recording at 128kbps--high fidelity) of a solo performance of a piece selected from the standard classical repertoire. Submit this on the Add Media page.

Music-Composition:

    You will need to upload three media items:
  1. Submit a letter of recommendation from your teacher (doc or pdf files accepted) on the Attachments page.
  2. Submit a scan of your original score (pdf file up to 10MB) on the Add Media page.
  3. Submit up to a 3-minute audio file (mp3 recording at 128kbps--high fidelity) of a recording of your composition (this can be converted from the midi file). Submit this on the Add Media page.

Dance:

    You will need to submit two media items:
  1. Submit a letter of recommendation from your teacher (doc or pdf files up to 10MB accepted) on the Attachments page.
  2. Submit a video (mov, wmv, flv or mp4 file up to 60MB) of an original solo dance in any dance style, except cheer dance. The solo should be a recent recording from a performance or in a studio, but must be a solo dance of the lone dancer performing choreographed work and not class exercises. Submit this on the Add Media page.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible for the Award?
Any high school junior in the state of Nebraska (including home schooled).

What do I have to do to apply?
View the guidelines above and follow the instructions for your area of interest. All applications must be submitted online via Slideroom at unlarts.slideroom.com. No mailed applications will be accepted. Each area of interest has separate guidelines, so please follow the instructions for your area of interest.

What will I receive if I win?
Nebraska Young Artist Award recipients will attend a day of activities on April 8, 2015, at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to see what life in the arts is like at UNL. At the end of the day, we have an awards ceremony, where you receive a certificate and a special gift.

Do I have to be nominated by my school?
No. Anyone can submit an application online, and your letter of reference can be from either a school teacher or a private instructor.

Is there a limit to how many applications can come from one school?
No. Schools can encourage applications from as many students as they want.

What do I have to submit for Visual Arts?
Our Visual Arts guidelines have changed from previous years. You can now submit an image of any piece of artwork that you created in any medium—painting, drawing, photography, ceramics, sculpture, graphic design, printmaking or digital media. Choose your best work! But please only submit one image of your artwork. Remember, the sample of your work is the most important item in the judging process, so be sure what you submit is of the highest quality.

Can I apply in more than one category?
Yes, students may apply in up to three categories, but you should apply separately for each category. You will need to create separate Slideroom accounts with separate e-mail addresses to apply in multiple categories.

Who judges the applications?
UNL Faculty in each area of interest judge the applications and select the recipients of the award. There is no set number of winners in each area of interest. We average approximately 150-200 applications each year, and typically select 60-70 award recipients.

How do I submit a second application with the same account?
Only one submission is allowed per e-mail account in the same category in Slideroom. If you are a teacher submitting applications on behalf of students, you will need separate e-mail addresses for each entry. Applications should be submitted in the name and e-mail of the students.

Can we turn in applications or materials late?
All applications need to be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. CST on Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. No late applications can be accepted, and all requested materials (including teacher recommendations) should be turned in by this time.

Need more info? E-mail kandersen1@unl.edu, if you have any other questions about the Nebraska Young Artist Awards.