2019 Nebraska Artist Biennial



Thank you to everyone who applied!

The judges will make their decisions in the coming weeks. You will be notified by email when results become available.


What is the Biennial?

The Biennial is a juried exhibition of artwork by Nebraska artists. In 2017, Gallery 1516 introduced the Nebraska Artist Biennial exhibition to further our mission to serve Nebraska artists. The show brought together over 50 works from a diverse range of artists and awarded thousands of dollars of prize money. The 2019 Nebraska Artist Biennial will continue to showcase the very best of the state’s artistic talent, with the new addition of 3D art to this year’s list of categories. Those selected will have their work shown at the Biennial exhibition at Gallery 1516 from May 24 – August 4, 2019. The Biennial is open to all Nebraska artists, including students and current and former residents.

We will be accepting artwork from the following categories: Drawing, Printmaking, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Ceramics/Pottery, Multimedia/Other, in addition to a Student Artist division

Selection Process and Exhibition

Artwork submitted for the exhibition will be reviewed by a panel of four judges from Kearney, Lincoln, and Omaha. Judging is done blind to ensure unbiased selections; the judges only see the artwork you submit, not your name or information. Fifty+ works will be selected to be shown at the Biennial exhibition at Gallery 1516 from May 24 – August 4, 2019. (Please note that you may be asked to bring your artwork to be seen in person for further review. This is part of the selection process and does not guarantee a place in the final exhibition.)

Artists are encouraged to submit their strongest work; entries do not need to reflect your most recent portfolio. Each artist may enter a maximum of 3 pieces which can come from multiple categories. A piece from each category will be selected to win a $500 prize. The winner of Best in Show will also have their artwork featured in a future exhibition at Gallery 1516, in addition to the Biennial.

Application Process

The link to the online application is below.

You will need the following information to complete the application:

  • Resume/Artist Statement

  • Up to 3 images of artwork

    • For each image you will be asked to provide the title, date, medium, dimensions, a brief description of the artwork, and the value or selling price.

Applications sent by mail will not be accepted


If selected to appear in the Biennial, your work is eligible to receive one of a number of unrestricted cash awards:

  • Best in Show - $2500

  • Drawing - $500

  • Printmaking - $500

  • Painting - $500

  • Photography - $500

  • Sculpture - $500

  • Ceramics/Pottery - $500

  • Multimedia/Other - $500

  • Student Artist - $500

  • Artists’ Choice - $500

  • People’s Choice - $500

    Entry Fee

    $40 per artist

    $25 for student artists

    Entry fee covers submission of up to 3 works; works can cross into different categories. This one-time fee also includes a two-year individual membership to Gallery 1516 and helps cover the costs associated with the Biennial and promotion of the arts.

Who is eligible to apply?

The 2019 Nebraska Artist Biennial is open to all artists who have a connection to Nebraska. This includes residents (current & former), students who attended school here, Bemis residents (current & former), members of the Artists’ Co-op and Hot Shops, etc. The Student Artist category encompasses people of any age currently enrolled in a school in Nebraska. Please contact us at patrick@gallery1516.org if you have questions regarding eligibility.

Artists of diverse backgrounds and ages are encouraged to apply.

Additional information:

  • Artwork must be available for display from May 24 – August 4, 2019.

  • Artists are responsible for delivery and pick-up of artwork selected for the exhibition.

  • This will be a selling exhibition. 100% of the proceeds from sales will be paid directly to you or your representative. Gallery 1516 is a non-profit with 501c3 status and does not require any commission fees.

Those who submit an application will be notified by email as to whether they have been selected to receive an award and entry into the 2019 Nebraska Artist Biennial exhibition.

Legal Agreement

The artist submitting this application (“Applicant”) certifies that the information contained in the application, including all support documents and attachments, is true and correct. Applicant further certifies that the submitted works are the original work of the Applicant and do not infringe upon the copyright, trademark, personal property, privacy or publicity rights of others, or violate any other law, rule, or regulation. Gallery 1516 and the Award Committee Members are not responsible for any damage, loss, or liability related to or arising from the materials submitted, and are not required to return materials submitted to Applicant. Gallery 1516 reserves the right to withhold any prize if Applicant fails to comply with these terms.

If you are chosen as the winner of an award, please note that Gallery 1516 will retain the exclusive right to purchase your works during the term of Exhibition, subject to the terms of the corresponding Exhibition Agreement. If you have any questions, please contact patrick@gallery1516.org