Ten Lincoln artists have been selected to receive a $1,000 stipend and have their artwork presented on a billboard within the City of Lincoln as part Public Art Lincoln’s Billboard Art Project.

Forty-two artwork submissions were received by Lincoln artists and ten works were selected for billboard presentation. Submissions were open to individual artists over the age of 18 living or working in Lincoln, Nebraska. Selection preference was given to artists whose primary sources of income have been immediately impacted by the pandemic and its economic repercussions. Additional criteria included the artwork’s ability to unite, support, and inspire the community, its suitability to the billboard format, and its creative use of imagery and text.

According to Public Art Lincoln Director, Deb Arenz, “The project review committee was thrilled with the response to the request for submissions for the Billboard Art Project. Committee members were impressed by the quality of the work submitted and the attention paid to the project goal of supporting and inspiring the community.  Everyone involved with the project looks forward to seeing the creative visions of these artists on billboards through the City and we thank our sponsors for helping make it possible.”

The Lincoln Billboard Art Project, generously supported by The Sherwood Foundation, the Lincoln Community Foundation, and Lamar Advertising, aims to unite, support, inspire, and bring joy and healing to our community through public art while providing financial support to local artists during the pandemic.

Artwork will begin to be placed on billboards around May 27 and each work will remain up for at least four weeks. A list of billboard locations and artwork installation dates will be available soon. All artwork submitted for the project will be featured on the Public Art Lincoln website:

View the art here.