About The College

About the College

The Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts was established on July 1, 1993, to bring a focus to the arts at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. In 2000, the college was officially renamed the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts to recognize a gift of $18 million to the University of Nebraska Foundation by Christina M. Hixson and the Lied Foundation Trust for the college.

The College includes the Department of Art and Art History, the Glenn Korff School of Music and the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film. Affiliated units include the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center, the Lied Center for Performing Arts, and the Sheldon Museum of Arts.

Our classes are taught by outstanding faculty, and our students have access to internationally renowned guest artists, performers, art exhibits and films. Some of our most recent guest artists have included Cellist Yo-Yo Ma, Academy Award-winning Editor Mike Hill, Art Historian Jonathan Fineberg and Hollywood Director Donald Petrie.

Personal attention, global connections and the experience of a Big Ten university are what you’ll get in the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts at one of the best values in American higher education. Scholarships are also available for students in all majors within the college.

University Choir performing in the Sheldon Museum of ArtUNL Chamber Singers perform in the Sheldon Great Hall

Some of the experiences our students have:

  • Theatre and Film and New Media students work with top Hollywood professionals in Los Angeles, New York City and Chicago
  • Music and Art and Art History students study in Asia and across Europe.
  • Student grants from the Hixson-Lied Endowment are available for travel and special projects

Our Mission The Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts will:

  • Offer comprehensive educational programs of study in the arts at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
    • Provide professional preparation for artists, historians, theorists, and arts educators.
    • Sustain a strong commitment to liberal education for all UNL students through its course offerings and special programs.
    • Maintain a strong interdisciplinary and continuing education emphasis by creating comprehensive cultural and educational opportunities.
  • Foster creative activity and scholarly research in the arts.
    • Provide opportunities for the performance, collection, preservation, publication, and exhibition of important works.
    • Provide leadership for the understanding and development of the arts in the state and nation.
  • Develop supportive and knowledgeable audiences and patrons for the arts.
    • Support and contribute to collaborative multicultural and intercultural programs.
    • Serve the entire state and region as an important artistic and cultural resource through its exhibitions, performances, and educational outreach programs.
Chuck O'Connor

Chuck O'Connor Dean of the Hixson-Lied College
of Fine & Performing Arts

Letter from the Dean

The fine and performing arts have been a vital part of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus since the 1800s. However, it was 1993 when things really began to take off for us and we became our own College of Fine and Performing Arts. In 2000, through the incredible generosity of Ms. Christina Hixson and Lied Foundation Trust, we became the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts.

It’s good to be a young college in this day and age. Emboldened by our traditions to be sure, our gaze now turns toward our future, one that is expansive and full of potential, just like our beautiful Nebraska horizon. We are proud to be our state’s flagship college of fine and performing arts. What our students learn here will keep art, music, dance, theatre and film alive in Nebraska for generations to come.

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