Letter from the Dean

Chuck O'Connor

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

Letter from the DeanOur college turns 20 this year!

That is hard to believe because 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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The Arts Matter

Sometimes people ask me, what good are the arts, what great problems or issues of national interest do they solve? Perhaps the answer is that the arts make all our other problems worth solving. The arts are important because life is about more than work – at least life as good as ours in Nebraska, in America, right now. Our forbearers in Nebraska knew this when they established music societies and art associations and small opera houses across our state. Their belief in the arts endures on our campus today as we ensure that the arts will always be strong in Nebraska.

Our Faculty and Students are Amazing

As you learn more about our college, you will soon discover what incredible opportunities we provide our students, our faculty, and our state. You will learn about how we are sending our students and faculty all over the world to perform, exhibit, and study. Closer to home our student and faculty artists are making a difference by organizing community art events and projects in Lincoln. Most importantly, our faculty and students are succeeding. Our graduates are working in Hollywood and winning national music competitions. They are our artists, designers, performers, scholars, and teachers of tomorrow.

We are 20 years old this year and the future has never looked better. Please enjoy finding our more about our college, and if you are a donor or alumnus, think of us when you plan your annual giving. Your gifts make a difference to our students and to the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts.

Thank you,

Chuck O’Connor Hixson-Lied Endowed Dean