Impact Membership is limited to Nebraska artists who are nationally recognized within their respective artistic disciplines.
Artists are elected through an independent jury. Each member is committed to four years of participating in all programs, exhibitions, and meetings.
Themes for 2013 through 2014 include: Lewis and Clark's expedition; Ted Kooser's poetry; Dead or Alive, a Nebraskan who has made an impact on the artist's life; one from the artist's collection which is considered to be "One of the Best" theme and two postcards, one that is "edgy" and the other a more traditional piece.
For her work, Stevens researched a Lewis and Clark painting and talked to Mary Lee and Neal Corey of McCook, who have been re-enactors for the Lewis and Clark journey. Stevens composed a painting using some objects from the re-enactment journey.
When choosing an artist who has the most impact on her life, Stevens said she first thought of Don Dernovich, former art instructor at McCook Community College, who helped her immensely when she first started to paint. She ended up choosing her husband, Jack, Stevens said, as he has been such a strong supporter of the fine art business in McCook.
Impact promotes Nebraska artists nationally and regionally.