Nevada Humanities Awards

2015 Nevada Humanities Awards Recipients

Every other year, Nevada Humanities presents four awards recognizing individuals and organizations that foster cultural enrichment and deepen our understanding of the human experience by facilitating opportunities for Nevadans to engage with the humanities. In addition to the Judith Winzeler Award for Excellence in the Humanities, Nevada Humanities adjudicates awards to honor outstanding humanities advocacy, teaching, and public programming.

JUDITH WINZELER AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN THE HUMANITIES
Phil Boardman, Reno
Trish L. Geran, North Las Vegas

FRIEND AND CHAMPION OF THE HUMANITIES AWARD
The Honorable Shelley Berkley, Las Vegas
Robert Z. Hawkins Foundation, Reno

OUTSTANDING TEACHING OF THE HUMANITIES AWARD
Core Humanities Program, University of Nevada, Reno
Milton Hyams, Incline Village
Jim Roderick, Reno
Kim Russell, Las Vegas

OUTSTANDING HUMANITIES PROJECT AWARD
Holland Project & Sundance Books and Music: “Sunland Series,” Reno
Junior League of Las Vegas: “The Sands Copa Connection Program Series,” Las Vegas

Each of the ten awardees will be on hand to accept their awards during the ceremony held at the Governor’s Mansion Nevada Room Annex on March 26, with a reception at 5:00 pm, and program beginning at 6:00 pm. Following the awards presentations, Gailmarie Pahmeier, the City of Reno's inaugural Poet Laureate, will join Joe Crowley, Carolyn Dufurrena, Shaun Griffin, Laura Wetherington, and Lindsay Wilson in a reading of a selection of poetry by Nevada poets. The program is free and open to all, however Nevada Humanities requires that attendees RSVP to its Reno office at 775-784-6587 as space is very limited.

SIDNE TESKE
The 2015 awards artist
Based in Tuscarora, Nevada, and primarily working with soft Schmincke pastels, award-winning artist Sidne Teske paints on location (en plein air), depicting the landscape with vibrant, energetic originality. When extreme weather makes it too difficult to explore the outdoors, Teske turns to her studio easel to create large expressive works that feature the human figure. Although she has taken some workshops over the span of her career, Teske is largely self-taught. Teske made ten original pieces for the 2015 Nevada Humanities Awards. The series was inspired by a desire to support Governor Sandoval’s new State Parks Passport program, which provides free access to Nevada’s state parks for one year after visitors have their passports stamped at 15 different parks. Each of the paintings was created on location inside a state park, and each painting includes a stamped passport page from the state park in which it was made. Teske says, “I like to be outdoors in all weather. Because I am racing the light to obtain a specific effect, I work very rapidly. The sound of bugs thwacking my board, the scratching of the pastels on my support, birds singing, and the sun on my face are comforting.”