Hixson-Lied Graduate Fellows
These prestigious awards are given to a select number of new graduate students in each academic unit in the College. Funding for up to 32 fellowships over the next eight years has been allocated by the Hixson-Lied Advisory Board. Applications undergo rigorous evaluation by members of the graduate faculty, who look for evidence of outstanding past achievement and the potential for excellence in scholarship and creative activity at the highest level.
- Awards range from $3,500 to $4,500 in addition to the graduate assistant stipends already provided by the University, creating nationally competitive stipends in the range of approximately $12,000 to $14,000.
- Individual academic units set additional threshold admissions criteria beyond those that are normally required for graduate assistantships.
- Awards continue for a maximum of three successive years, renewable annually based on performance and fulfillment of assigned duties. Chairs/Director recommend renewal based on rigorous assessment of the student's performance by the faculty.
- Students must be pursuing one of the terminal degrees offered by the College, or, in the case of Music Education, the doctoral degree offered in conjunction with College of Education and Human Sciences.
For information about other fellowships (Departmental and University-wide), contact the respective department within the college and the Office of Graduate Studies.
Department of Art and Art History
Louise Deroualle is pursuing her Master of Fine Arts degree in ceramics from the Department of Art and Art History. She received her BFA from FAAP in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 2001. Soon after she became apprenticed with a local ceramist for seven years. In 2009 she opened her own ceramic studio, where she ran classes and had a small production. Since 2010 she has been involved with two art centers, Curaumilla Art Center in Chile and Anderson Ranch Art Center, in the U.S.
Her artwork is influenced by the duality of the two environments where she grew up: Sao Paulo along with the coastal and rural parts of Brazil. She is interested in how the density of these different environments affects the senses and interaction with the world. Through simple and soft asymmetrical shapes she want her handmade pieces to be part of daily life experiences.
Bryon Hartley is pursuing his Master in Fine Art in sculpture from the department of Art and Art History. Bryon received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville in May 2012.
Most of his work is an exploration of line, form, texture and scale. Hartley uses metal, wood and ceramic medias to explore his ideas. His works are held in the permanent collections of Lincoln Land Community College, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, as well as several private collections.
Colton Pedro is pursuing his Master of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture from the Department of Art and Art History. Pedro received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Printmaking with an additional focus in Sculpture from the Herron School of Art and Design, Indiana University in Indianapolis, Indiana in 2014. While enrolled at Herron, Pedro worked as an assistant printmaking technician and Teaching Assistant in Beginning Lithography. He also worked with the Art In The City program at the Fletcher Place Community Center as a technician and printmaking and sculpture specialist.
Pedro’s work explores human memory from the stages of development to loss as well as preservation and interaction and is expressed through a number of different mediums including cast metal and prints.
Emily Reason is pursuing her Master of Fine Art degree in Ceramics from the Department of Art and Art History. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Art degree from West Virginia University. Reason spent 11 years living and working as a studio potter in western North Carolina. She’s completed Artist Residencies at Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts in Asheville, NC and EnergyXchange in Burnsville, NC. She teaches workshops and exhibits her work in fine craft galleries and shows around the country. She is the author of Ceramics for Beginners: Wheel Throwing, Lark Books, 2010 and co-founded Flow, a fine craft gallery in Marshall, NC.
Reason works with the vessel as both a functional and sculptural object, maintaining a standard of craftsmanship and beauty. Domestic utility and narrative expression, both historic and nostalgic are the main themes of her work.
Glenn Korff School of Music
Jesse McBee is a jazz trumpet player currently based in Lincoln, Nebraska. He graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies, and the University of Louisville with a Master of Music in Jazz Performance. He is currently pursuing the DMA in Jazz Performance at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he has the honor of serving as a graduate teaching assistant and a Hixson-Lied Fellow.
Most recently, McBee has had the opportunity to serve as a sabbatical replacement in the Jazz Division at West Virginia University, as well as working as a Master Teacher for the West Virginia Governor's School for the Arts. He has had the opportunity to perform with the University of Louisville Jazz Ensemble I as a featured soloist with Jamey Aebersold at the 2012 Jazz Education Network Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, as well as performing John Zorn's “Cobra” with the Ophidean Ensemble at the International Society for Improvised Music Conference at the University of Michigan in 2010. He continues to perform frequently in a variety of jazz idioms, from small ensembles to big bands, as well as working as an educator with students of all ages. He has a particular interest in researching the unique challenges faced by improvising musicians in developing a balanced practice routine leading to effective and efficient development.
Chubing Wang received the BA diploma of Piano Performance in Xinghai Conservatory of Music (Guangzhou,China) with Helen Sim and Ningwu Du, who both graduated from Julliard School. She was awarded an MMus degree at the Royal Northern College of Music, where she was under the tutelage of Murray Mclanchlan, who is one of Britain’s leading concert pianists. Also she has studied masterclasses with Dominique Merlet, John O’Conor, Steven Hough, Philippe Cassard, Nelson Goerner, Michel Beroff, Martino Tirimo, Huw Watkins, Jerome Rose, Peter Lawson, Jean-François Heisser, Philippe Bianconi, Christian Ivaldi and Frédéric Aguessy.
Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film
Sheric Hull is pursuing his Masters of Fine Arts in stage design with his emphasis in lighting design. Hull is a recent graduate of Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa with a B.A in Theatre. Hull has worked professionally as an electrician for the Creede Repertory Theatre and has done design work on many shows, a couple of which have been seen on UNL stages. He has been recognized by the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival on two separate occasions for his work on Some Five Women and The Winslow Boy.
Hull is not only interested in design work. He is also a writer, actor, judge for the Iowa High School Speech Association, photographer and mechanic. Theatre allows him to mix his passions together into one big collaborative art form.
Chadwick Taylor is pursuing his Masters of Fine Arts in Directing for Film and Theatre in the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film. Taylor received his Bachelors of Science degree from Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah, where he studied acting, film, and broadcasting with an emphasis in directing. Taylor has worked for the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Tuacahn Center for the Arts, The Egyptian Theatre, The SCERA Theatre, and The Hale Centre Theatre.
In the summer of 2013 Taylor lived in New York City and had the honor of working with Jeff Whiting and The Open Jar Institute. Before coming to The University of Nebraska–Lincoln he taught junior high and high school drama. As a teacher he garnish numerous awards in directing and led his students to two State Championships. Taylor is a proponent for the arts and knows that students’ academic careers thrive with the arts in their lives.
Department of Art and Art History
Chadric Devin is pursuing his Master of Fine Arts degree in photography from the Department of Art and Art History. Devin received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography from Northwest Missouri State University, where he was also hired as an adjunct instructor shortly after graduating. He has had various solo shows throughout Missouri, including Kansas City, and has had work in national and international exhibitions from Santa Monica, Calif., to Kashmir, India.
The majority of his artwork is done through traditional darkroom practices, such as processing and printing 35mm and medium format film. Throughout graduate school, Devin will be focusing on combining digital media with historical and alternative photographic processes along with organizing and curating his own exhibitions.
Meryl Engler is pursuing her Master of fine Arts degree in printmaking from the Department of Art and Art History. Engler received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in both Sculpture and religious Studies from Syracuse University in Spring 2013. She discovered printmaking while at Syracuse and immediately fell in love with the woodcut process. Throughout her first year at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Engler continued to hone her woodcut printing technique and also explore printmaking techniques. She uses organic imagery both imagined and found in her surroundings to create surrealistic worlds, at once both familiar and curious.
Originally from Southern California, Engler as worked at the Huntington Beach Art Center as an art camp instructor and gallery assistant. During the summer of 2014, Meryl participated as a studio assistant at the Penland School of Craft. She was a four-year Division 1 athlete in Syracuse University Women’s Rowing and is now coaching The University of Nebraska club rowing team.
Kendall Johnson is pursuing his Master in Fine Art in Printmaking from the department of Art and Art History. Kendall received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Kansas State University in December 2012. Most of his work is a combination of multiple processes, including woodblock, monotypes, etchings and digital. Kendall uses these processes to make geometric shapes and line to capture time and change.
Joyce Taylor is pursuing her Master of Fine Arts degree in printmaking from the Department of Art and Art History. Taylor received her Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art with concentrations in Printmaking and Painting from Houghton College in 2012. While at Houghton, Taylor spent a year as a Teacher’s Assistant for the introduction to Printmaking courses. Shortly after graduation, Taylor interned at the Women’s Studio Workshop during 2012 in Rosendale, New York. A highlight of her internship was teaching serigraphy classes to children from the local high school. Following her internship, Taylor worked as the resident artist during the spring of 2013 at the Cultural Center at Eagle Hill in Hardwick, Massachusetts. While there she taught serigraphy classes to students with learning disabilities.
The majority of Taylor’s artwork is done with the silkscreen process of printing. She explores formal compositions through the use of found imagery and has worked with images found on floors and tables in her past work. She has a passion for teaching, papermaking, and silkscreen printing and is looking forward to blending these practices throughout graduate school.
Glenn Korff School of Music
Nicaulis Alliey has performed at the UNESCO Hall and Grande Salle de la Sorbonne (France); Universidad Nacional (Colombia) and other prestigious halls in Venezuela, France, Colombia, and the Caribbean. As soloist, Nicaulis has performed with the Orquesta Filarmónica Nacional de Venezuela, Orquesta Sinfónica Municipal de Caracas, Orquesta Sinfónica Gran Mariscal de Ayacucho and Orquesta Sinfónica de Maracaibo, Orquesta Sinfonica de Lara, Orquesta Sinfonica de Merida, Orquesta Sinfonica “Simon Bolivar” del Tachira, and with conductors Helmut Rilling, Eduardo Rahn, José Luís Castillo, Arnaud Pairier, Eduardo Marturet and Rodolfo Saglimbeni. Nicaulis has performed in recitals with Armand Simon, Alessio Bax, Monique Duphil, Alain Marion, Alan Weiss, Marlon Titre, Luis Quintero, and in popular productions with some of the most prominent Venezuelan musicians.
She received First Prize of the Ville de París –Unanimous- in 1994, and First Prize at the Latin American Flute Competition (Caracas, 2000). She also has been Flute Solo at the Orchestre International de Paris (1994-1995), Assistant Flute at the Orquesta Sinfónica de Lara(1996-1998), Flute Solo at the Orquesta Sinfónica de Maracaibo (1998-2010). As flutist of La Cuadra Venezolana (since 1998), she has recorded on their two CDs.
Since 2004 she has developed a pedagogical career in flute in her country: Universidad de Los Andes (Faculty), Universidad Nacional Experimental del Táchira (Visiting Professor), and at the Music School of the Universidad del Zulia (Faculty), where she was appointed Founder Director (2005-2009). Her academic work has won her the Rafael Rincon Gonzalez Award 2011, offered by the Universidad del Zulia. Nicaulis Alliey holds a Maitrise en Musique at the University of Paris IV-Sorbonne (1995), Etudes Superieures de Flute(1994) in Flute with M. Raymond Guiot at Hector Berlioz Conservatory (Paris), and the Degree of Profesor Ejecutante at the Escuela de Musica Jose Reyna, in Caracas.
Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, Max Stehr is a bassist, pianist and composer who holds a BM in jazz performance and an MM in jazz arranging from William Paterson University of New Jersey. He is a former member of the Erica Seguine Jazz Orchestra, the Ba Ban Chinese Music Society and the New Jersey Percussion Ensemble. He has premiered works by Peter Jarvis, Du Yun and David Saperstien, and has performed with Kevin Norton, Peter Jarvis, Pete McGuinness, Du Yun, Zhou Yi, Abigail Fischer, T.V. Gopalakrishnan, John Handy, Don Peak, Scott Reeves, Steve Wilson, and Mulgrew Miller. Max worked as a freelance musician in the New York area for 8 years and has performed in Japan, India and Kenya. While in India, he studied with the renowned Carnatic mridangam player and singer T.V. Gopalakrishnan. His time in Kenya was spent studying and documenting the music of the Maasai and Luo tribes through the help of a research grant. In addition to his DMA studies, Max continues to write music and perform regularly in the area.
Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film
Glenn Korff School of Music
Masayoshi Ishikawa is pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in jazz composition in the Glenn Korff School of Music. He holds two Master of Music Degrees—one in jazz composition from University of South Florida (2012) and one in jazz piano performance from University of Northern Colorado (2008).
Ishikawa, a pianist, has been involved in several jazz ensembles within the United States and has performed at many festivals throughout Italy. As a native of Japan, Ishikawa recently premiered his original jazz big band suite dedicated to the victims of the tsunami that occurred in 2011. In this multi-movement work, he incorporated a taiko drum (a traditional Japanese instrument) into the American standard big band setting.
Janka KrajciovaOriginally from Senica, Slovakia, Janka Krajciova is pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance in the School of Music. She received her Master of Music in piano performance and pedagogy from Kansas State University and her Bachelor of Music summa cum laude in piano performance from Northwestern State University of Louisiana, where she also received an Associates Degree in criminal justice. She has served as an adjudicator for the Manhattan (Ks.) Area Music Teachers Association Music Fair, The Federation of Women’s Clubs Music Auditions and the Greater Shreveport Music Teachers Association Piano Festival.
She is the recipient of First Prize in graduate piano at the Kansas Music Teachers Association Honors Auditions in 2011 and a Kansas State University Concerto Competition Winner in 2011. She received the Alice L. Pipes Award for Excellence in Music Performance at Northwestern State University of Louisiana in 2010. Krajciova also won 2nd Prize in 2010 and 3rd Prize in 2008 at the Caudell Cup Piano Competition in Pineville, La. Krajciova is a member of the Music Teachers National Organization and Pi Kappa Lambda honorary music society.
Lynda LairdLynda Laird is pursuing her Ph.D. in Music Education in the Glenn Korff School of Music, where she received her Master of Music Education in 2005. She received her Bachelor of Music from Hastings College in 2002. Laird taught Elementary general music and Middle School Choral music from 2005-2010 for the Bellevue Public Schools in Bellevue, Neb. Laird served as organist for Grace Lutheran Church in Omaha, Neb., from 2008-2011. She conducted children choirs for Sing Omaha from 2009-2011. Most recently, Laird served as the adult choir director at St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church in Omaha, Neb., from 2011-2012.
Chris VargaChris Varga’s musical background is widely varied, ranging from jazz, classical, church, rock, pop, 20th century avant-garde, trip-hop and other unclassifiable genres. His formal education includes a B.M. in percussion from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, an M.M. in jazz studies from DePaul University in Chicago, Ill., plus a few months at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he studied vibraphone with Victor Mendoza.
His informal education includes freelancing on vibraphone and drums in the Chicago area, performing at the Montreaux Jazz Festival, the JVC Jazz Festival in Seoul and the Singapore International Jazz Festival. Chris has released two self-produced albums as a leader, "Inertia" and "Dancer In," which include his original compositions and arrangements. He has also contributed as a sideman to numerous records and movie soundtracks, and has also performed with Peter Bernstein, Steve Slagle, Dave Stryker, Howard Levy, Ulf Wakenius, Darren Barrett and many others in the jazz music field.
Rising young baritone, Joshua Zink, is beginning to make a reputation on the stage, in the concert, and recital hall. Recent operatic engagements have included: The Band Leader in John Harbison’s The Great Gatsby at Opera Omaha, Marullo in Verdi’s Rigoletto with Nashville Opera, and Don Giovanni on tour as a Mary Ragland Young Artist. Other recent operatic engagements have included The Mikado and Die Entführung aus dem Serail with Opera New Jersey. As an advocate for new works Zink collaborated with composer Michael Ching to workshop a new opera, A Midsummer Night’s Dream; an a-capella opera which was showcased at Opera America in New York City in the summer of 2009. At Dayton Opera, Zink was an Artist in Residence with for the 2008-2009 season and covered Belcore in L'elisir d'amore and performed Kromov in The Merry Widow. Joshua has also performed as a Resident Opera Artist at Pine Mountain Music Festival. In a summer tribute to Leonard Bernstein works included Trouble in Tahiti and Candide.
2015 will bring Joshua to Fresno California to perform Robert Cohen’s new work, Alzheimer’s Stories, with the Fresno Master Chorale and Orchestra. Recently on the concert platform Joshua has sung with the Dayton Bach Society and Philharmonic in Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Bach’s St. John Passion; also as a soloist in Handel’s Israel in Egypt. Additional solo concert repertoire with various orchestra’s include: Brahms Requiem, Mozart’s Requiem and Mass is C minor, Schubert Mass in G, Beethoven’s Mass in C, Handel’s Messiah, and Mendelssohn’s Elijah.
An avid song lover Zink has performed some of the great repertoire with pianist John Wustman; Including Schubert's Winterreise on the Crescendo Concert Series in St. Louis, MO in 2011. He also has an affinity for chamber music and recently performed Samuel Barber’s Dover Beach.
Joshua Zink is an alumnus of The University of Illinois where he studied with his mentor John Wustman, and an alumnus of Bowling Green State University.
Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film
Victoria HalversonVictoria Halverson is pursuing her Master of Fine Arts in scene design from the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film. She received her Bachelor of Science in theatre design and tech from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Halverson was also the scene shop student supervisor from 2010-2012 at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
Halverson was the scenic designer for “The Drowsy Chaperone,” “Shakespeare in Hollywood”, “Urinetown” and “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” (an American College Theater Festival Regionals participant) for the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse’s Toland Theatre. She has also worked as an assistant scenic designer, assistant technical director, scenic artist and props for Toland Theatre and Frederick Theatre.
Michaela Lynne SteinMichaela Lynne Stein is pursuing her Masters of Fine Arts in Scenic Design in the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film. Stein received her Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from Stephens College in Columbia, Mo., where she studied Technical Theatre with an emphasis in Scenic Design. She has worked for the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, Okoboji Summer Theatre, Southwest Shakespeare Company, Theatreworks (Peoria, Ariz.), Stageworks and the Phoenix Metropolitain Opera.
In the last three years she was the scenic paint charge and resident Theatre for Young Audiences scenic designer for the Arizona Broadway Theatre. Her previous scenic designs include "Anastasia," "Steel Magnolias," "Grease" and "The Celebration of Christmas" at Phoenix First Assembly of God. Stein will serve as the Scenic Charge Artist for the JCSTF and will be designing "Candide" this year. In addition to painting and scenic design, she also is a freelance electrician, seamstress, scenic carpenter and foodie.
David Bruce TousleyDavid Bruce Tousley is pursuing his Master of Fine Arts in scenic design from the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from San Jose State University in 2009 where he designed the sets for "Mummified Deer," "Death of a Salesman," "Urinetown, the musical" and "Six Characters in Search of an Author."
Tousley has trained under Bay Area set designer Erik Flatmo working on numerous plays and operas such as "Scapin," "La Běte," "Tosca," and "La Traviata." Tousley is the recipient of the 2008 Randy Earle USITT Award for Excellence in Production Design as well as the 2009 Wendell Johnson Award for Excellence in Stage Design. He is also a recurring member of the design team for San Francisco’s premiere sketch comedy group, Killing My Lobster.