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 School of Art, Art History & Design, the Glenn Korff School of Music, the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film, the Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts, and the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center. Affiliated units include the Nebraska Repertory Theatre, the Lied Center for Performing Arts, and the Sheldon Museum of Art.

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 arts 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

There Should be New Rules Next Week

In this year’s remarks to all of you, I would like to quote Sister Corita Kent (1918–1986) an artist, activist and one of our world’s great teachers of art. At the Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles and later in Boston, she taught creativity and art to a generation of established and emerging artists throughout the 60s and 70s. She created some of the great graphics and iconic images of the civil rights and Vietnam War era. Her social activism and protest art ran her afoul of church leadership eventually, but recently she has been getting the recognition she deserves with exhibitions at major museums around the country. She is the co-author of the book Learning by Heart: Teachings to Free the Creative Spirit from which these quotes were taken.

These are the words that Sister Mary Corita gave to art students entering Immaculate Heart College. Let them guide us this year.

Immaculate Heart College Art Department Rules

Rule 1 Find a place you trust and then try trusting it for a while.

Rule 2 General Duties of a Student: pull everything out of your teacher. Pull everything out of your fellow students.

Rule 3 General Duties of a Teacher: pull everything out of your students.

Rule 4 Consider everything an experiment.

Rule 5 Be self-disciplined. This means finding someone wise or smart and choosing to follow him/her. To be disciplined is to follow in a good way. To be self-disciplined is to follow in a better way.

Rule 6 Nothing is a mistake. There’s no win and no fail. There is only make.

Rule 7 The only rule is Work. If you work, it will lead to something. It’s the people who do all the work all the time who eventually catch on to things.

Rule 8 Don’t try to create and analyze at the same time. They’re different processes.

Rule 9 Be happy whenever you can manage it. Enjoy yourself. It’s lighter than you think.

Rule 10 “We’re breaking all the rules. Even our own rules and how do we do that? By leaving plenty of room for X quantities.” John Cage

Helpful hints: Always be around. Come and go to everything. Always go to classes. Read anything you can get your hands on. Look at movies carefully, often. Save everything—it might come in handy later.

There will be new rules next week.

So to all of you in the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts this year, go out there and solve for X. The answer will be different for each of us.