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March 24, 2016
Nannette Rodriguez
Associate vice president, Office of Marketing, Brand and Communication
Derek Rayment
Public + Media Relations Manager

MCC art instructor wins Governor’s Outstanding Artist Award

OMAHA, Neb. — Metropolitan Community College art instructor Jamie Burmeister is the recipient of the 2016 Governor’s Outstanding Artist Award, an honor that was presented last night at the 2016 Governor’s Art Awards at the Embassy Suites La Vista Conference Center in La Vista, Nebraska. The ceremony included Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts, state senators and other elected officials.
The Nebraska Arts Council, who helps present the award, describes the Outstanding Artist Award recipient as someone who practices in any discipline whose work or career has made a significant contribution to their art form and to the state of Nebraska. Burmeister’s work has been exhibited in galleries, museums and public places across Nebraska, including the Joslyn Art Museum, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts and the Sheldon Museum of Art. He has completed commissions for the University of Nebraska at Omaha, the Omaha Children’s Museum and the South Omaha Public Library.
“We congratulate Jamie on his award and all of his hard work,” said Tom McDonnell, interim vice president of Academic Affairs at MCC. “Having him as an instructor at the College illustrates the high-quality education students can receive at MCC.”

About Jamie Burmeister

Burmeister has received many honors and awards throughout his career. He was the winner of the Nebraska Art Councils 2010 and 2007 Individual Artist Fellowships, Omaha Entertainment and Arts 2007 Best Public Art award and the 2006 Three-Dimensional Sculpture award. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science from Creighton University in 1992 as well as a Master of Science in Health Education from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1995. Burmeister went on to receive a Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in 2005.


Metropolitan Community College, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, is a comprehensive, public community college that offers affordable, quality education to all residents of Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy and Washington counties. Founded in 1974, MCC has the largest enrollment out of six community colleges in Nebraska and is the second largest postsecondary institution in the state. MCC serves more than 40,000 unique credit and noncredit students.