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First Lady Susanne Shore is inviting Nebraska artists – professional and emerging – to design Nebraska-shaped ornaments for the Nebraska State Capitol’s official holiday tree.

Nebraska artists of any age are encouraged to submit up to five design ideas/proposals (appropriate for community display) on 11” x 17” paper within a line drawing of the shape of Nebraska. Project information and an outline of the state, available to download, can be found on ne150.org/ornament/. Designs should depict themes of Nebraska using traditional, contemporary or abstract ideas. Themes can focus on the state's diverse natural, cultural and agricultural heritage, the state's vibrant history, or a depiction of Nebraska today.

Artists are encouraged to use their creative talents using paint, mosaics, glass, metal, fiber or other artistic mediums. A title, brief written inspiration statement and the artist's contact information should accompany each design idea. Proposals will be juried, and selected artists will receive a white, fiberglass blank in the shape of Nebraska, measuring 10 ¾ inches wide and 4 ¾ inches tall.

Proposals are due by June 15. Completed ornaments should be returned on or before Oct. 15. Artists who create ornaments for the Capitol's tree will be invited to a reception in their honor at the Governor’s Mansion, hosted by First Lady Susanne Shore.

Questions? Contact Liz Shea-McCoy, project director, at 402-430-5923 or liz_shea@windstream.net. Proposals should be mailed to: Project Director, 2700 Sheridan Blvd., Lincoln, NE 68502.

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