Spread the wealth was the theme of the evening Sunday as the Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards were handed out. No artist or show dominated any category.
Coming closest: Icky Blossoms, who won local album of the year and artist of the year. The band was the only double winner in the 16 music categories.
In the 25 performing arts categories, three shows won four awards each, including best-drama winner “August: Osage County” for the Omaha Community Playhouse and best-musical winner “Avenue Q” for SNAP Productions. “Spring Awakening,” a Blue Barn Theatre musical, also won four. Best comedy, a double winner, was the Playhouse's “Lend Me a Tenor.”
The Playhouse and the Blue Barn each totaled seven awards, while SNAP and the Rose Theater won four each.
Dance awards went to Ballet Nebraska for best production and to featured dancer Alyssa Harrington of The Moving Company.
Among seven winners in seven visual arts categories, Bart Vargas won best visual artist and sculptor Mary Day won best solo show.
The lifetime achievement award went to Dave Sink, founder of the Antiquarium Record Store.
Ethan Stone emceed. Live performers included Crimson Dawn, Voodoo Method, aetherplough, Icky Blossoms and a joint performance by Blood Cow with All Young Girls Are Machine Guns.
THE FULL LIST
Here is a complete list of winners at Sunday's Omaha Arts and Entertainment Awards.
Album of the year: Icky Blossoms, “Icky Blossoms”
Artist of the Year: Icky Blossoms
New artist: Universe Contest
Rock: Snake Island!
Hard rock: Bloodcow
Singer-songwriter/folk: All Young Girls Are Machine Guns
Country/Americana: Matt Cox
R&B/soul/gospel: The 9's
Hiphop/rap: Galvanized Tron
Blues: Kris Lager Band
Jazz: Steve Raybine
Progressive rock/funk/experimental: Satchel Grande
Ethnic: The Bishops
Cover band: Secret Weapon
Visual artist: Bart Vargas
Solo show: Mary Day, sculpture
Group show: Golden Guts, Bemis Underground
2-D artist: Kim Reid Kuhn
3-D artist: Ying Zhu
New media artist: Caleb Coppock
Emerging visual artist: Gerard Pefung
Drama: “August: Osage County,” Omaha Community Playhouse
Comedy: “Lend Me a Tenor,” Playhouse
Musical: “Avenue Q,” SNAP Productions
Director, play: Amy Lane, “August: Osage County,” Playhouse
Stage direction, musical: Susan Clement-Toberer, “Spring Awakening,” Blue Barn Theatre
Musical direction, musical: Mitch Fuller, “Spring Awakening,” Blue Barn
Choreography: Melanie Walters, “Altar Boyz,” Playhouse
Actor, play: Brian Zealand, “Bug,” Blue Barn
Actress, play: Moira Mangiameli, “August: Osage County,” Playhouse
Supporting actor, play: Randy Vest, “August: Osage County,” Playhouse
Supporting actress, play: Laura Leininger, “Lend Me a Tenor,” Playhouse
Actress, musical: Kate Johnson, “Spring Awakening,” Blue Barn
Actor, musical: Matthew Uehling, “Avenue Q,” SNAP
Supporting actress, musical: Mary Carrick, “Seussical,” Rose Theater
Supporting actor, musical: Homero Vela, “Avenue Q,” SNAP
Youth actor: Kevin Mikuls, “Seussical,” Rose
Performance for a young audience: “James and the Giant Peach,” Rose
Original, local script: Ben Beck and Molly Welsh, “Crash! Boom! Pow!,” Shelterbelt Theatre
Scenic design: Martin Scott Marchitto, “In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play),” Blue Barn
Lighting design: Carol Wisner, “Spring Awakening,” Blue Barn
Costume design: Sherri Geerdes, “Seussical,” Rose
Sound design: Martin Magnuson, “Bug,” Blue Barn
Local dance production: “Momentum,” Ballet Nebraska
Featured dancer: Alyssa Harrington, “Spring Showcase,” The Moving Company
Slam poet: Katie F-S