Nebraska Young Artist Awards

Nebraska Young Artist Awards

2019 Nebraska Young Artist Award winners

The Nebraska Young Artist Awards annually recognize Nebraska high school juniors who are talented in art, music, dance, theatre, or film and emerging media. During the past 22 years, we have recognized more than 1,400 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.

2019–2020 Academic Year & Submission Guidelines

  • This year’s Nebraska Young Artist Awards Day will be Wednesday, April 8, 2020.
  • Online submissions will be accepted beginning on Sept. 20, 2019.
  • All applications must be submitted online via Slideroom.
    Please note that our Visual Art program has changed. See the guidelines below for that.
  • Submissions for this year’s Nebraska Young Artist Awards in all categories are due Friday, Dec. 6, 2019.

Frequently Asked Questions

Any high school junior in the state of Nebraska (including home schooled). Who is eligible for the Award?
View the guidelines and follow the instructions for your area of interest. All applications must be submitted online via Slideroom. No mailed applications will be accepted. Each area of interest has separate guidelines, so please follow the instructions for your area of interest. What do I have to do to apply?
Students can submit the applications or a teacher may assist with it for Music, Dance, Theatre and Film & Emerging Media applications. It’s recommended that you register in Slideroom with the student’s e-mail address, since only one application can be submitted per e-mail address. Students must be nominated by a teacher for Visual Arts, as only three entries per school are allowed. Who should submit the application?
Nebraska Young Artist Award recipients will attend a day of activities on April 8, 2020, at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln to see what life in the arts is like at Nebraska. At the end of the day, we have an awards ceremony, where you receive a certificate and a special gift. Students selected for the Nebraska Young Artist Awards this year who enroll at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and select a major in the Hixson-Lied College are eligible to receive a scholarship. What will I receive if I win?
Anyone can submit an application online for the categories of Music, Dance, Theatre, and Film and Emerging Media, and your letter of reference can be from either a school teacher or a private instructor. Visual Arts students need to be nominated by their school as only three submissions per school are allowed. Do I have to be nominated by my school?
Not for Music, Theatre, Film/Emerging Media and Dance applications. Schools can encourage applications from as many students as they want. In Visual Art, only three nominations are allowed per school. Is there a limit to how many applications can come from one school?
Our Visual Arts guidelines have changed. See the Visual Arts guidelines below. What do I have to submit for Visual Arts?
Yes, students may apply in up to three categories, but you will need to apply separately for each category. You will need to create separate Slideroom accounts with separate e-mail addresses to apply in multiple categories. Can I apply in more than one category?
Nebraska 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. Who judges the applications?
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, with the exception of Visual Art. How do I submit a second application with the same account?
All applications need to be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. CST on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019. No late applications can be accepted, and all requested materials (including teacher recommendations) should be turned in by this time. Can we turn in applications or materials late?

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

Application Instructions

  1. Go to this website: go.unl.edu/nyaaapply after Sept. 20 if you are applying in the categories of Music, Dance, Theatre Arts or Film. The link for Visual Arts nominations is go.unl.edu/nyaavisualart (available after Sept. 20).
  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. Click on the category below for guidelines:

Visual Art

(Please note the changes from previous years)

The Visual Art component of our Nebraska Young Artist Awards has changed so that we can better showcase the most promising young artists from around the state of Nebraska. The University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s School of Art, Art History & Design announces the Nebraska Young Artist Awards/ Statewide Invitational Exhibition, which will be on display at the School of Art, Art History & Design’s Eisentrager-Howard Gallery in Richards Hall March 2–13, 2020.

We encourage schools across Nebraska to participate! Every public and private school in Nebraska is eligible to nominate up to three visual art student to the Nebraska Young Artist Awards/Statewide Invitational Exhibition. The nominated student from each school will automatically be accepted to have his/her work on display in the Statewide Invitational Exhibition.

The School of Art, Art History & Design faculty will then jury the exhibition and select the recipients of the Nebraska Young Artist Awards. Those winners will be notified by email and they will be invited to the Hixson-Lied College’s Nebraska Young Artist Awards Day on April 8, 2020, to receive the award.

Each public or private school in Nebraska will be allowed to submit up to three visual art applications to participate in the Nebraska Young Artist Awards Statewide Invitational Exhibition and be eligible to compete for the Hixson-Lied College’s Nebraska Young Artist Awards.

We request that a principal, teacher or counselor submit the visual arts application in Slideroom at go.unl.edu/nyaavisualart. Those applications are due by Dec. 6, 2019. As part of the Slideroom submission, the school official will need to verify the student’s nomination with a letter of recommendation (See Slideroom for more information).

In January 2020, the nominated students will be given information on how to mail in or deliver their single piece of artwork for the Statewide Invitational Exhibition, which will be on display in March in the Eisentrager-Howard Gallery in Richards Hall on the campus of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. All media will be accepted. (Please note, if your piece exceeds the maximum size for 2D (72" high and 60" wide) or 3D (36" in any direction, 50 lbs. maximum), please contact the School of Art, Art History & Design first at schoolaahd@unl.edu to verify available display space.)

School of Art, Art History & Design faculty will jury the entries of the Statewide Invitational Exhibition and select the winners of the Hixson-Lied College’s Nebraska Young Artist Awards (NYAA.)

All students who are participating in the Statewide Invitational, their parents, teachers and the public will be invited to the opening reception. NYAA winners will be notified by email. Those winning students, their parents and teachers will then be invited to participate in the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts’ Nebraska Young Artist Awards day of activities on Wednesday, April 8, 2020. That day concludes with the awards ceremony, where students in art, music, theatre, dance and film are all recognized.

Visual Art Frequently Asked Questions
We request that a principal, teacher or counselor submit the visual art applications, to verify that the student is the school’s nominated student to participate in the exhibition. If that’s not possible, the student may submit the application, but they will need to verify they are the selected student from their school, as only three entries per school are allowed. Can visual art students submit their own applications for the Nebraska Young Artist Awards in Slideroom?
A letter of recommendation from a teacher, principal or counselor is required as part of the application, and that school official will verify the nominated student was selected by the school within that letter (See Slideroom for details). How does the school verify their selected student?
Your parent or a private instructor will provide the letter of recommendation required. Can home schooled students apply?
In previous years, we typically received 70-90 submissions in visual art, but could only accommodate approximately 20 winners for the Nebraska Young Artist Awards. But the quality of ALL of the submissions has been outstanding, and we had to turn away a number of talented artists. We wanted a way to showcase the work of more talented Nebraska high school students. Thus, we have created the Nebraska Young Artist Award Statewide Invitational Exhibition, so that each student nominated by their school to participate will automatically be eligible to exhibit their work in this exhibition, and we hope all of them will attend the reception in March. And then, we will jury the exhibition to determine the winners of the Nebraska Young Artist Awards, who will have a special day of activities and the award program on April 8, with the other NYAA award recipients in music, dance, theatre and film. Why are you making these changes?
No, there is no cost to the applicant. Slideroom registration is free. Is there a cost to submit our school’s entry/entries into the Nebraska Young Artist Awards Statewide Invitational Exhibition?
It is not required, but you have the option to submit a photo in Slideroom. We will select images from those submitted for exhibition publicity. If you don’t know yet what piece you will send to us in January or don’t have a photo of your work, you can choose not to submit a photo with your application. Each student nominated by their school will be eligible to participate in the Statewide Invitational Exhibition, so no judging of artwork will occur initially by UNL faculty. Judging for the Nebraska Young Artist Awards will occur prior to the exhibition opening in March and announced by email. Do we still need to submit a photo/.jpg of the student’s artwork?
Each school will nominate one student to exhibit one piece of art in the Statewide Invitational Exhibition. So all students who apply by Dec. 6 in Slideroom will be contacted in January with instructions on how to send in or deliver their artwork to the School of Art, Art History & Design offices.
Faculty will select the recipients of the Hixson-Lied College’s Nebraska Young Artist Awards from among the artwork submitted for the exhibition. Winners will be announced in March. Those students will be contacted by e-mail to invite them to the Hixson-Lied College’s NYAA day of activities on April 8, 2020.
The exhibition of all work will be on display in March in the Eisentrager-Howard Gallery in Richards Hall. When are students notified of the results?
We are limiting the visual art entries to three students per school because every student who is nominated by his or her school to participate will exhibit his or her artwork. Due to space limitations in the gallery, we must limit the visual art entries to three per school. If more than three entries are received from a school, we will contact the school’s principal to determine the eligible students. All other entries will be disqualified. Why are you accepting only three visual art entries per school?
Each student nominated by his or her respective school will exhibit his or her artwork in the Statewide Invitational Exhibition, which will be on display in March in the Eisentrager-Howard Gallery in Richards Hall.
School of Art, Art History & Design faculty will then jury the exhibition and select the recipients of the Nebraska Young Artist Awards. Those winners will be notified by email and they will be invited to the Hixson-Lied College’s Nebraska Young Artist Awards Day on April 8, 2020, to receive the award. What’s the difference between the Statewide Invitational Exhibition and the Nebraska Young Artist Awards?

More questions?  E-mail us at unlarts@unl.edu, if you have any questions about the Nebraska Young Artist Awards.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Theatre: Film and Emerging 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 emerging media. Submit this on the Add Media page.

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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 jazz or classical repertoire. Submit this on the Add Media page.

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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.

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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.

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