Donald Ruleaux, a retired member of the Chadron State College art faculty, has been named a recipient of the biennial Governor’s Arts Awards. The awards will be presented Monday, April 2, at Lincoln.
The Nebraska Arts Council officially announced Friday that Ruleaux will be among just two recipients of the award for excellence in arts education.
Ruleaux, a native of Gordon who earned a bachelor’s degree in art education from CSC in 1959, served as an adjunct member of his alma mater’s art faculty from 2000-2010. His other teaching experience includes positions at Hastings Public Schools, McCook Community College, Medicine Valley Public Schools at Curtis, Lead (S.D.) High School and Gering Public Schools. He’s also provided instruction during programs at the University of South Dakota at Vermillion and Black Hills State University at Spearfish.
Ruleaux has gained much praise for his paintings and silverpoint drawings depicting the life of the Oglala Lakota and other characters of the American West. His art has appeared in dozens of exhibitions and public collections in at least 16 states. The work also has been acquired for private collections in 26 states and internationally, including Japan, Scotland and South Africa.
In addition to the bachelor’s degree from CSC, Ruleaux’s formal training includes a master’s degree Arizona State University, in addition to studies at George Washington University in Washington, D.C, and the Kansas City Art Institute.
The Governor’s Arts Award will add to a list of many honors for Ruleaux, including the Distinguished Service Award from CSC in 1996.
The Nebraska Arts Council describes the Governor's Arts Awards presentation as Nebraska’s premier event in recognizing those who shape the state’s artistic landscape.
“The impact of the arts, and these honorees, is felt in the classroom, the economy, and the community -- they drive Nebraska forward. We invite you to celebrate their achievements and recognize the power of the arts in improving Nebraska,” the council said in a news release.
The awards are traditionally presented during a biennial luncheon, but will be delivered during an evening event this year. Gov. Dave Heineman and a special guest will serve as masters of ceremony for the presentations, which will be at the Embassy Suites hotel in downtown Lincoln.
—Justin Haag, CSC Information Services
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