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Nearly 300 people attended Eat – Drink – Art, the LUX Center for the Arts’ annual benefit art auction, April 27 at Nebraska Innovation Campus.

Artists, patrons of the LUX, collectors and LUX supporters joined in to bid on 160 works of art, in a variety of mediums, up for auction. The event raised more than $70,000 for the programs at LUX Center for the Arts.

The LUX awarded its annual Duncan Arts Champion Award to Tom and Sue Tallman, who have supported art in Lincoln and throughout Nebraska, and who support the LUX in many ways, including graciously opening their home for LUX events. Tom also served on the LUX board for six years, including time as board treasurer.

“We are grateful for their support of art and artists, and their support of the LUX,” said LUX Executive Director Joe Shaw. “They’ve made Lincoln a better place through their generosity and support for art.”

This year is the 10th anniversary of LUX’s Art Van outreach program, which takes classes to hospitals, senior centers, schools including four Lincoln low-income elementary schools at no charge, and to the Lancaster County Youth Services facility.

“The LUX is grateful to our sponsors whose support funds the LUX’s programs,” said Shaw. “They understand the positive effects of arts education in Lincoln and are helping the LUX educate the next generation of artists, leaders and creative thinkers.”

The LUX, in its newly renovated building and campus, is fulfilling its role as a community arts center. The new LUX offers improved classrooms, enhanced educational opportunities for children and adults, expanded scholarships and outreach to the underserved, and increased excellence in exhibitions. The LUX serves children and adults from every zip code in Lincoln.

This year’s Eat – Drink – Art auction sponsors were Assurity, Union Bank & Trust, Arch+Etc, Ayars & Ayars, Butherus Maser & Love, David Clark Framing, First Concord, Rivers Metal Products, Woods & Aitken, UNANIMOUS, Bank of Bennington, Berry Law Firm, Bryan Health, Geoff & Kristen Cline, Cline Williams, Firespring, INSPRO, Ken Koop, Lynne Boyer and friends, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Saro Cider, U.S. Bank, Valentino’s, Laura & Doug Winjum, Herb and Kathy Friedman, Runza, Julie and Sam Seever, John and Nancy Wiederspan, Westgate Bank, Ameritas, Shalla Young, Farmer’s Mutual of Nebraska and the Peed Foundation.

For more information about LUX Center for the Arts and its programs, call 402-466-8692 or visit luxcenter.org.

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L Magazine editor

Mark Schwaninger is L magazine and Neighborhood Extra editor.

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