Campaign for Nebraska

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts has established a goal of raising $20 million as part of the University of Nebraska Foundation's Campaign for Nebraska.

$4 million for Student Support, including graduate fellowships, undergraduate scholarships, and awards and recognitions to enable us to attract outstanding students and to recognize and support the creative and scholarly work that students undertake in the pursuit of their degrees.

$3 million for Faculty Support, including endowed faculty professorships, visiting artists and scholars, national and international faculty exchanges and collaborations, and awards and recognitions that distinguish and celebrate faculty performance and achievements.

$13 million for Program Support, including innovative projects and activities, and in particular, those that are interdisciplinary or that rely heavily on cutting-edge technology for their long-term sustainability and success.

Since its founding in 1993, the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts flourishes in many ways. Enrollment has more than doubled and remains strong in all degree programs. The scholarly and creative work of our faculty, students and alumni continues to gain increasing national and international recognition.

So much of what we have accomplished would not have been possible were it not for the alumni and friends of the College who made generous contributions over the years in support of scholarships, facilities, workshops and residencies, special activities and events, and academic programs. We are grateful for everything you and others have done. To join these supporters in their endeavor, please give to the College today.

The College has currently raised $19,327,779 of its total goal of $20 million

Privately Supported Projects

A few examples of how private support enhances the quality of our programs for students and faculty:

Student Aaron Nix receives instructions from Camera Assistant Bob Heine while filming 'Vipers in the Grass'
Student Aaron Nix (left) receives instructions from Camera Assistant Bob Heine.

Carson Film Series

Work completed in 2010 on the Johnny Carson School Film Series' first film, Vipers in the Grass. Students were paired with film professionals from Los Angeles and New York to create the short film, which has been recently completed after three years of work for pre-production, filming and post-production, and is currently being entered to various film festivals. The project was supported with funding from the Hixson-Lied Endowment and the Johnny Carson Theatre and Film Endowment.

UNL Opera production crew and performers pose with their awards won in 2007.
UNL Opera in 2007. Photo courtesy of the Glenn Korff School of Music.

Light Opera Festival

The Glenn Korff School of Music's Opera Program has twice traveled to Waterford, Ireland, to compete in the Waterford International Festival of Light Opera. Most Happy Fella took home six awards in 2007, including the Waterford International Trophy for best overall production. In 2002, The Bohemian Girl won four awards, including best operetta. Both trips were made possible through a generous donation by James and Rhonda Seacrest of Lincoln.

A professor lectures to a group of students in the Richards Art Gallery
Photo by Mark Stenbakken/University Communications.

Exhibition Gallery

The Eisentrager-Howard Gallery in Richards Hall was dedicated in 2001 following the renovation of Richards Hall. The gallery space, located on the first floor of Richards Hall, features a full exhibition schedule of student, faculty, alumni, and outside artist exhibitions for the School of Art, Art History and Design. The gallery was made possible by generous donations by two emeriti faculty, James and Dorene Eisentrager and Dan and Barbara Howard.

Hixson-Lied College Campaign Committee

Christina M. Hixson
Honorary Chair

James C. and Rhonda Seacrest

Charles O'Connor
Hixson-Lied Endowed Dean

Lucy Buntain Comine
University of Nebraska Foundation

Rhonda and James C. Seacrest
Rhonda and James C. Seacrest

Honorary Members

Dick Cavett
LaVon Crosby
Barbara J. Gilmore Dinsdale
Donald and Ann Farber
Norman Geske
Bruce and Carol Hendrickson
Dan and Barbara Howard
Herbert E. Howe Mrs. Larry H. Lusk
Ann K. Rawley
Jane Rohman


James Baffico
Robert Fought
Larry Frederick
Kathleen I. Friedman
Ron and Chris Harris
Pamela Schaap Hemann
Jon Hinrichs
Tice L. Miller
Joseph M. Ruffo
James W. Strand
Carol Thompson
Diana H. Warner
Ernie Weyeneth