Nebraska artists invited to create ornaments for statehouse holiday tree

LINCOLN, Neb. – First Lady Susanne Shore invites Nebraska artists - professional and emerging – to design Nebraska-shaped ornaments for the official state capitol 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 for downloading purposes, can be found on 

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 created ornaments for the Nebraska State Capitol’s holiday 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 [email protected] Proposals should be mailed to: Project Director, 2700 Sheridan Blvd, Lincoln, NE 68502.

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