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First Hearts Installed!

Heartland Values- Sue Kalicki Sponsored by Bob and Jan Fitzsimmons

The first two sponsored hearts have been installed in downtown Lincoln. The first, titled “Heartland Values” by Sue Kalicki, is located at 10th and Q and was sponsored by Bob and Jan Fitzsimmons. Sue’s inspiration for the design celebrates several of the values which, she believes, are represented in the Heartland.  The heart portion illustrates an artist’s value scales, which overlap and interact in a way that mirrors the way we strive to interact with one another, in harmony.

Oneness-Nickie Nix Sponsored by Rhonda Seacrest




The second installed heart titled “Oneness” by Nickie Nix was sponsored by Rhonda Seacrest. “Together we can accomplish more.”  was the inspiration behind the design.

Keep your eye out for more hearts being installed. All hearts will be installed by May 2017 and will be displayed through October. Sponsors are still needed. The sponsorship period will end January 15, 2017.

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As sponsorship period continues, hearts are being delivered to artists!


The Nebraska by Heart committee continues to seek sponsors from across the state of Nebraska. To date, 34 hearts have been sponsored! As the hearts are sponsored, they are being produced and delivered to the artists to begin their work. The committee anticipates the first sponsored hearts being out for display in the community the first week of December. The sponsorship period will continue through December 15th with the goal of having 93 hearts sponsored.

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First Friday Reception- October 7th

postcard-3Please join us for the Nebraska by Heart First Friday Reception. Come view the 170 artist proposals that have been juried in and are awaiting sponsorship! There will be representatives there from the sponsoring organizations, Sadie Dog Fund and Hope College Center-A program of Boys Hope Girls Hope. Enjoy a glass of wine and peruse the proposals that are available for sponsorship!

October 7th,6PM-9PM
Old City Hall
920 O Street
Lincoln, NE

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224 Proposals!

We have received 224 artist proposals! We are thrilled with the response and quality of proposals we received from our Nebraska artists! The jurors spent hours and hours of their time today judging the proposals and we know we will end up with an amazing group of proposals that are available for sponsorship. We can’t wait to get them up on the website for all to see, but please be patient with us in the next few days as we communicate with the artists and take time to scan them all to the website! Thank you to everyone that submitted proposals! We can’t wait to see many of them come to life!

Artist: Paula Yoachim
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Unveiling of the Heart

On Tuesday, September 6th, the unveiling ceremony of the 6-foot fiberglass Heart will take place at 10:00 a.m. in the Botanical Garden and Arboretum on the University of Nebraska’s East Campus by Nebraska by Heart’s Honorary Chairs, Rhonda Seacrest and Nebraska’s First Lady, Susanne Shore.Heart_NebraskaBase2

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Proposal Judges Announced!


Wally Mason, Director of the Sheldon Museum of Art

Wally Mason earned his MFA from Indiana University.  He was the Director and Chief Curator of the Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University.  In addition, he has directed Galleries at the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, the University of Idaho and the University of Maine.

Robert C. Ripley, FAIA, Nebraska Capitol Administrator, Office of the Capitol Commission

For more than 32 years, Robert C. Ripley’s core job has been to restore and preserve the Nebraska State Capitol, a National Historic Landmark, including the creation of a Legacy Capitol Master Plan that will guide conservation of this national reassure for hundreds of years to come.