"A work of art is above all an adventure of the mind." – Eugene Ionesco

Art x Architects is an opportunity for architects & associates to showcase their creative artistic talents, whether it was developed for a client or purely for pleasure.


  Jeff Barnes is a freelance writer and fifth–generation Nebraskan, a board trustee of the Nebraska State Historical Society, past chairman of the Nebraska Hall of Fame Commission, and former director of marketing for the Durham Museum.

A former newspaper reporter and editor, Barnes is the author of "Forts of the Northern Plains," "The Great Plains Guide to Custer," "The Great Plains Guide to Buffalo Bill," and "Extra Innings: The Story of Modisett Ball Park." He is also the author of a centennial history of the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences and the forthcoming "150 at 150: Nebrask's Landmark Buildings at the State's Sesquicentennial."

Barnes is a frequently requested speaker with Humanities Nebraska and presents throughout the Great Plains on the history of the region.
  Kate Richling is a co–founder and CMO at Rova, an enterprise software company that provides strategic performance management to agencies. Previously, Kate was a VP and General Manager at Phenomblue, where she oversaw production teams, including technology, creative and project management. Prior to managing the agency, Kate served as Phenomblue's Vice President of Communications and Marketing Director, overseeing marketing where she received placement in The New York Times, USA Today and Forbes. Prior to Phenomblue, Kate worked in public relations for Leslie Kline Lukas and at Chicago's Field Museum. Currently, Kate serves as founder and president of The Shakespeare Collective, is on the Board of Trustees for Nebraska Shakespeare and has provided volunteer support to various organizations including Omaha Fashion Week, Make–A–Wish Foundation and Omaha Children's Museum.
  Ellie Stutzman is a graphic designer at Gallup, an American research-based, global performance–management consulting company. For the last five years she has become a vital part of the Gallup design team, working with Gallup's top clients as well as helping lead Gallup marketing design. Prior to Gallup, she lived in Virginia and for two years worked for a brand strategy and design company called Elevate – Design on Purpose. While at Elevate, Ellie found her love for visual solutions, sparking her passion for brand strategy and experience.

Outside of her work at Gallup, she works on her freelance design, enjoys playing sports, spending time with friends, family and any dog possible.


Registration for Art x Architects is completely separate from the Annual Conference registration.

The art work will be on display at the Doubletree Omaha Downtown, in conjunction with the AIA Nebraska Annual Conference, October 5 & 6, 2017.

Suggested Mediums: Pencil, Pen & Ink, Water Color, Photography, Architectural Sketches, 3-Dimensional Models, Built Work, Models, Furniture, Sculpture, Renderings, Graphic Design, Accessories.

Entry Fee: Members: $20/entry; Non-Members: $35/entry

Required: 1 image of entry as a .jpg at 300 dpi with a final image size of 5 x 7 inches submitted to AIA Nebraska's Drop Box by Friday, September 22, 2017. Please name the image by the artwork title submitted.

Eligibility: Entries may be submitted by all Registered Architects, Associates, Interns (members and non-members).

Awards: The art is judged as a whole exhibit. Gold, Silver and Honorable Mention awards.


Friday, September 22, 2017
Submission of Entry Registration, photo of artwork on Drop Box (See above), and Payment.

Options for Delivery of Entries: (prior to October 5)

Evan Gunn, AIA
The Clark Enerson Partners, Inc.
1010 Lincoln Mall, Suite #200
Lincoln, NE 68508

Zach Klebba, Assoc. AIA
Leo A Daly
8600 Indian Hills Drive,
Omaha, NE 68114

Otherwise submissions must be delivered to Doubletree Omaha Downtown, October 5 by 2:00pm.


Contact AIA Nebraska, 402.858-1929, if you need to make other arrangements.

Pick up of Entries:
All entries must be picked up between 2:30 -5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 6, at Doubletree Omaha Downtown or alternative arrangements must be made directly with AIA Nebraska.

AIA Nebraska is not responsible for loss or damage of entries. Shipping and handling costs are the owner's responsibility.

Congratulations to this year's winners!

GOLD: Jeff Day; Upholstered Modular Furniture
SILVER: Gary Bowen; Tucumcari Trestle
HONORABLE MENTION: Zach Klebba; On Omaha Sunset
Honorable Mention: Bill Stott; Tower at Night



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