Nebraska’s Home for the Arts, the Lied Center for Performing Arts is calling for entries for its first ever poster design competition in honor of the Lied Center’s 25th Anniversary season. Artists of all ages are invited to submit work depicting, commemorating, or representing the Lied Center building, performing art forms, role in statewide Nebraska communities, or the organization’s mission “to educate, inspire, and entertain the people of Nebraska through the performing arts.”

“We are thrilled to announce the Lied Center’s first ever poster design competition,” said Bill Stephan, Executive Director of the Lied Center. “A major goal of the Lied Center’s 25th Anniversary season is to showcase all of the fantastic talent we have right here in Nebraska. This is just one of many special events designed around this objective and we look forward to revealing more to our patrons and supporters throughout the 2014-2015 Season.”

The winning poster will become part of the official artwork of the Lied Center’s 25th Anniversary season, will be hung prominently in the Lied Center, and earn the winning artist a $1,000 cash prize.


  1. All posters must be submitted via email by 11:59 pm on Wednesday, March 26, 2014.
  2. The finished poster size will be 16”x20”, vertical or horizontal.
  3. Any type of media can be used: watercolor, acrylic, mixed media including manipulated photography, graphic design, and/or colored pencil – just to name a few!
  4. Three finalists will be selected by a panel of judges to display their original artwork at the Lied Center during the month of April 2014. Votes will be collected from Lied Center patrons, visitors and an expert panel and tallied to determine an overall winner.
  5. The winner will be announced at the end of April 2014 and will be notified by phone and/or email.

Entry Process:

To enter, please download/complete this ENTRY FORM. Email completed entry form and a digital poster image to Carrie Christensen,

Specifications for the images:

For the competition, submit initial entries as jpeg or PDF image files. The image should be scaled down from the original work, approximately 8” for the largest dimension. No slides or prints. Each image file name should include the name of the artist.

Contest Terms and Conditions:

By entering you are verifying the submitted work is yours, that you have the rights to the images and that you are an adult. If you are not an adult (at least 19 years old, as defined by the Nebraska Legislature) you will need to have a parent or guardian sign the entry form.

By participating in this competition, you are granting the Lied Center for Performing Arts the right to use entered work on the Lied Center website, printed materials, and for future promotions. The winning entry becomes the property of the Lied Center for Performing Arts and may not be returned. The Lied Center reserves the right to alter the work with text and/or logos.


The contest is open to all interested parties, particularly professional artists, graphic designers, and art students from, or with a personal connection to the state of Nebraska. Entrants who are under the age of 19 must supply the signature of a parent or other guardian on the entry form.

Participants and the contest winner must be U.S. residents. Employees of the Lied Center and members of the immediate family of any such persons are not eligible to participate or win.


Finalists are responsible for shipping or delivering display ready (matted with white matboard, art on canvas is an exception) original artwork to the Lied Center for display in the finalist exhibition.

The Lied Center for Performing Arts accepts no responsibility for the three pieces in the finalist show. It is the responsibility of the artist to provide his or her own insurance if the artist feels it is required.


Please direct all questions regarding the poster design competition to Lied Center Communications Coordinator Carrie Christensen at or call 402.472.4734.