Hixson-Lied Graduate Fellows
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. Directors recommend renewal based on rigorous assessment of the student's performance by the faculty.
- Students must be pursuing one of the graduate degrees offered by the College.
For information about other fellowships (Departmental and University-wide), contact the respective department within the college and the Office of Graduate Studies.
School of Art, Art History & Design
Katherine Cox is a ceramic artist currently pursuing her Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of Art, Art History & Design. She received her B.F.A. in ceramics from California State University Long Beach. Her undergraduate studies include many different influences from various workshops in California, as well as attending the Ceramics Biennale in South Korea, participating in building a kiln in Italy and attending the Venice Biennale. These experiences have allowed her to be involved with many different ceramic projects and art making techniques including a wide array of fiber arts and performance sculpture.
Once she received her B.F.A., Cox continued working as a Post-Baccalaureate at Cal State Long Beach, along with assisting a CSULB faculty member on several performance sculpture installations creating a demanding and gratifying year.
Cox's current work explores wheel thrown pottery forms exclusively made of porcelain and inspired by the simplicity of mid-century modern aesthetics, particularly as it relates to shape. She engages the surface of these pots in a growing variety of ways while also exploring what it means to be a crafter and how she might contextualize what she creates in regard to a 21st Century audience.
Nicholas Sheldon is a printmaker working on a Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of Art, Art History & Design. “Sheldon,” as he likes to be called, started off at Clark Community College, and then moved on to graduate from Portland State University with a degree in art practices with a focus in printmaking.
He has gained great experience and insight working for both McClain’s Printmaking and Gamblin Inks. He also spent seven months at the Anderson Ranch Art Center where he was an intern in the paint and print department for two different residencies. It was there that Sheldon gained the skills and experience necessary to prepare him for graduate school. While finishing up his portfolio, Sheldon worked as a substitute teacher in the Vancouver School District, working with kids K-12.
Sheldon’s work is influenced by not only what he experiences but by the social, scientific, and historical chronicling of dreams. He is continually investigating the fringes of what is real and what has meaning within our sub-conscience.
Mallory Trecaso is pursuing her Masters of Fine Arts degree in photography from the School of Art, Art History & Design. Trecaso received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in photography from the University of Akron in her hometown of Akron, Ohio.
While pursuing her B.F.A., she received minors in printmaking, art history and commercial photography. Mallory is a Midwest documentary-style photographer, whose past work has focused on issues of population shifts and economic decline throughout the Rust Belt.
Erik White is pursuing his Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from the School of Art, Art History & Design. He received his B.S. in art practices with emphasis in printmaking and painting from Portland State University in 2013. He grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Erik is currently painting still lifes made from abstract forms that were gesturally made and manipulated. He is concerned with creating interesting compositions with color and form; to do so, he uses different phone apps to build up a dynamic image before and during the process of painting and it is this dichotomy between the material world and electronic that his paintings are currently investigating.
Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film
Somayeh Akbarisarvestani received her Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre direction from Tehran University’s College of Fine Art. She has worked as a designer and playwright since 2003 and as a magazine and newspaper critic since 2004. She has worked as a director, designer and actor in theatre; an author; and an assistant director and screenplay writer in movies. She taught in the Cinema School of Shiraz and was a manager of the Cinema Tech Institute.
Rebecca Armstrong is joining the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film pursuing an M.F.A. in Costume Design after working professionally for the last eight years across the United States. A Lincoln native, she received a B.F.A. in technical theatre from Nebraska Wesleyan University and then went on to work in the diverse costuming worlds of theatre, opera, dance and drag pageantry. After all the opportunities in sequins, rhinestones and feathers, she is looking forward to further developing her art here at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
Daniel d’Egnuff is pursuing his Master of Fine Arts degree in technical direction from the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in theatre design and technology at the University of Evansville in 2012.
He has spent the last four years working as a carpenter at two separate regional theatres, The first being The Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia, and the second being the Kansas City Repertory Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri. His experience at both of these locations has allowed him to practice the craft of theatrical construction and has given him a desire for a higher education to further the quality of work that he can produce.
Glenn Korff School of Music
Pianist Ayaka Kondo is now in Lincoln to pursue her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance at the Glenn Korff School of Music, under the instruction of Dr. Mark Clinton.
Kondo began playing the piano at the age of four in Japan. After receiving her dual Master of Music degrees in piano performance and piano pedagogy and performance from Baylor University, where she studied with Artist-in-Residence Krassimira Jordan, she continued further studies with Thomas Kreuzberger at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna and attained a postgraduate diploma in piano performance and chamber music. She holds her Bachelor of Music in piano performance from the University of Nebraska at Kearney with the Outstanding Senior Award in 2009.
Throughout her musical career, Kondo has performed domestically and internationally. Her area of specialty is classical music, and she was invited to performed Mozart’s Fantasy in C minor, K. 475 for the Grumo Festival New York Concert in 2012. She also participated in several international piano academies/festivals, such as WienerMusik Seminar, Austria; Tyrolean International Piano Academy, Austria; Carinthia International Piano Academy, Austria; Grumo Festival, Italy; and Young Musicians’ Academy, Hungary.
Kondo is an active soloist, chamber musician and piano pedagogue. She has collaborated with a number of instrumentalist, vocalists and choirs. In 2016, she expanded her music carrier as a theater pianist and played “Wonderful Town” by Leonard Bernstein at Baylor University, where she served as a staff accompanist in the Theater Department. She is also passionate to inspire joy of music through teaching piano. She served as a piano instructor at Waco Piano Center and has taught students ages four years old through adult students in individual and group setting.
Canadian and American cellist Jennifer Son is an avid chamber musician and artist. She has performed in venues in various Canadian provinces, the U.S.A., Korea and India. She enjoys teaching and has visions to travel to parts of the world where Western classical music education is limited and share her passions there.
Son has recently been invited as resident artist in music festivals such as Con Brio in Bombay, India, where she was given the opportunity to collaborate and teach with artists from around the world. This past summer, as the Young Artist in Residence, she joined members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and The Cleveland Orchestra at the Steamboat Springs Music Festival. She participated in quartet seminars with the Chiara String Quartet, the St. Lawrence String Quartet at Stanford University, the Aldot Parisot Cello Festival, the Banff Center Cello Festival, the Cello Symposium in Sitka, Alaska, and many more. She has also represented British Columbia with her chamber ensemble and won many awards and prizes at the Canadian Nationals Music Competition.
Son is an alumnus of the Vancouver Academy of Music, where she began her cello studies with Audrey Nodwell. She received her Bachelor of Music degree at the Chicago College of Performing Arts. She also completed her Master of Music degree in cello performance and Suzuki Pedagogy at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Son is currently pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln under the tutelage of Professor Gregory Beaver. Her primary teachers include Dr. Tanya L. Carey and Dr. Melissa Kraut.
School of Art, Art History & Design
Patrick Kingshill is a ceramic artist currently pursuing his Master of Fine Arts degree from the Department of Art and Art History. He received his BFA with emphasis in ceramics from San Jose State University in California. His undergraduate experience was compiled of many different influences from various community colleges across California and a semester abroad in Sunderland, England. These experiences have allowed him to be involved with many different kiln building projects and art making techniques including woodworking and glassblowing. Immediately after receiving his BFA, Kingshill moved to Layton, New Jersey, to work as the studio assistant/tech at the Peters Valley School of Craft. This proved to be both a challenging and rewarding endeavor
Kingshill’s current work explores the sculptural properties of the ceramic vessel. He makes work for use at the table and also creates abstract compositions in which the ceramic vessel serves as the focal point of the work. He is primarily interested in pottery form and presence within reach of the viewer.
Kyle Nobles is pursuing his Master of Fine Arts degree in printmaking from the Department of Art and Art History. Nobles received his Bachelor’s degree in both Art History and Studio Arts with a focus in printmaking from Hamline University in Spring 2015.
While working on his undergraduate degree, he worked as the Teaching Assistant for both the introductory art history courses as well as all the levels of printmaking offered. Nobles works largely with intaglio and relief processes to create psychological works that explore the emotional facets of the human experience using self-portraiture as his vehicle. His work is not only reflective of personal experiences, but is also engaged with art historical traditions and the history of the medium.
Originally from the Twin Cities in Minnesota, Nobles has a background in many of the arts, particularly in theatre and dance. This commitment to artistic expression of all kinds has influenced him in innumerable ways and continues to provide inspiration and enrichment in his life and work.
John David Richardson
John David Richardson, currently a first year MFA candidate in photography at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, was born in Northwest Alabama and grew up in western Kentucky. He holds a BFA in Applied Photography from Northern Kentucky University.
He has shown work in several galleries within the Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati area, including the 2014 FotoFocus Biennial, Carnegie Arts Center, Covington Arts Center, and has had multiple features as a finalist in Popular Photography Magazine’s online gallery. Working in the style of an open narrative, his photographs illustrate moments of self-realization, solitude, and clarity within everyday occurrences.
Glenn Korff School of Music
Mezzo-soprano Patty Kramer is here to begin her Doctoral of Musical Arts degree in Vocal Performance here at UNL this fall. She graduated with her Masters from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and undergraduate degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. This South Dakota native is thrilled to be back at UNL -- her first visit was as a young trombonist in the Winter Festival for Winds and Percussion.
She has dedicated her life to performing, teaching, and promoting the enhancement of musical awareness and research. She has performed with the Toledo Opera, Fargo-Moorhead Opera, Asheville Lyric Opera, Cedar Rapids Opera Theater, Bowling Green Children’s Opera, Sounds of South Dakota, Inc. and Opera Omaha as well as competing in various competitions, most recently performing as a soloist with Lima Symphony Orchestra after winning the Lima Symphony Concerto Competition. She also has taught privately in many Nebraska high schools and a returning teacher in the Allegro Wolf Voice Academy in Sutton, NE.
Her dream here at UNL is to learn as much as she can from the voice and opera departments, particularly her voice teacher and mentor Prof. Butler, her responsibilities as a graduate teaching assistant and grow through her new research endeavors here at the University.
Matthew Oltman is Music Director Emeritus of the Grammy®-award winning male vocal ensemble, Chanticleer and Artistic Director Emeritus of the New York based Empire City Men’s Chorus. Most recently, he served as Lecturer in Music at Texas State University where he conducted the University Singers and taught courses in undergraduate and graduate conducting. He is currently pursuing a DMA in choral conducting at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.
During his tenure as Chanticleer’s Music Director, Oltman led the ensemble through three critically acclaimed seasons which included over 300 concerts in more than a dozen countries. He helped launch the Chanticleer Live in Concert or “CLIC” recording label, which released some of the best of Chanticleer’s vast trove of archival recordings to the public, and was the editor of the Chanticleer Choral Series, published by Hinshaw Music. Oltman continues to be an active soloist, choral musician, clinician and guest conductor, making his Carnegie Hall conducting debut on the DCINY concert series in January, 2014.
Oltman first joined Chanticleer in 1999 as a tenor and in 2004 was named Assistant Music Director under Joseph Jennings, a post which he held until his appointment to Music Director in 2009. During his decade singing with the ensemble, he appeared on twelve albums and toured extensively throughout North America, Europe and Asia. During the 2011-2012 academic year, Oltman served as Guest Director of Choral Activities and Lecturer in Music at UC Berkeley where he conducted the University Choir and the University Chamber Singers. Following his time at Berkeley, he served on the staff of Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) in Program Development where he helped to create educational/performance residencies for choirs from around the globe that took place at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, Oltman earned a B.M. in Vocal Performance from Simpson College and an M.A. in Music from the University of York in England with the aid of a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship. Before joining Chanticleer, Oltman sang with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale for four seasons and was on the faculty of Simpson College where he taught harmony, French diction, choral techniques and voice.
Originally from Manhattan, Kansas, Bobby Scharmann is a new student at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, pursuing a DMA in Double Bass from the Glenn Korff School of Music. Scharmann holds an MM in Jazz Studies from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, and a BM in Double Bass from Kansas State University.
He is a versatile bassist, transcending the genres of classical, jazz, rock, and everything in between. Scharmann has received two awards from Downbeat Magazine’s Student Music Awards, and his co-led jazz septet JKS has been invited to perform at the annual Jazz Education Network conference this coming January in Louisville, KY.
In June 2014, Scharmann was invited to Ravinia’s Steans Institute Program for Jazz, where he studied with faculty Dr. David Baker, Rufus Reid, Curtis Fuller, and Dr. Nathan Davis. Scharmann is a past member of the Topeka Symphony Orchestra, and plans to audition for the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra in September. When he is not practicing, performing, or teaching, he enjoys spending time with his cats, listening to music and playing video games.
Stephanie Yu began her study of music at age five. She was later selected to study as a part of the music talent class in Taiwan. Yu then continued her study at the Taipei Municipal University of Education in Taiwan, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, with an emphasis in piano. She received her master's degree in piano performance at the University of Missouri- Kansas City, under the instruction of Dr. Robert Weirich and Professor Karen Kushner.
As a solo pianist, Ms. Yu has given recitals both in the United States, and Taiwan. She has also been selected to perform in master classes with prestigious professors and artists, including the composer, Lowell Liebermann. Along with solo performances, Ms. Yu has been an extensive collaborator, both as an accompanist and chamber musician. Currently, Ms. Yu is pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, under the instruction of Dr. Mark Clinton.
Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film
Kyle Andreas is pursuing his Masters of Fine Arts in Scenic Design at the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film. He received his Bachelors of Arts in Theatre - Design/Technology from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania in May 2015.
Andreas was the scenic designer for “Electra: An American Gothic” (a world premiere play which attended the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland), “Scab” (an American College Theater Festival participant), “Dog Sees God,” and “Terminus” for Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. He also has worked as a sound designer and scenic artist.
Jessica Thompson is pursuing her Master of Fine Arts degree in scenic design from the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in ceramics from Arizona State University in 2011. She began studying technical theatre design after completing her undergraduate studies; happily discovering scenic design combines many of her interests into one area of study.
Haley Williams is pursuing her Masters of Fine Arts in Costume Design at the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film. She received her Bachelors of Education and Human Science degree from UNL where she studied Textiles and Fashion Design, but she has always wanted to go into costume design where she can create a character through clothing, reflecting their personalities and innermost feelings to the audience.
In Fall 2014, she was given the opportunity to design the costumes for the Haymarket Theatre's productions of Into the Woods and wanted to do more since then. She interned for Dennita Sewell at the Phoenix Art Museum in the Fashion Design Department and traveled to New York City for a study tour in Summer 2014.
She received the Outstanding Senior Award from the College of Education and Human Science last spring.
School of Art, Art History & Design
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.
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.