Points of Pride lists faculty, student and alumni achievements. It is accumulated and produced three times a year, generally in January, March, and October.
Grants and Awards
Carolyn Barber, Associate Professor and Director of Bands, won the 2005 Distinguished Teaching Award for the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts.
Karen Becker, Associate Professor of Cello, received the "Citation for Leadership and Merit" from the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) in February at the organization's national convention in Reno, Nevada. Becker was only one of five who received the recognition. The honorees are selected by the national executive board of the ASTA.
Ed Forde, Chairman of the Department of Art and Art History, and Dean of Libraries Joan Gieseke were recipients of a $22,500 Teaching and Learning with Technology grant from the University's Initiative for Teaching and Learning Excellence. Their project is entitled "Visual Resources/University Library Digital Instruction Initiative." The project will build a new university digital archive of the departmen's art slide collection.
Christin Mamiya, Professor of Art History, has been selected to become a member of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers, which recognizes outstanding teachers at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
Catherine Meier (BFA Art senior) has been awarded a highly competitive and prestigious Student Fellowship in Printmaking from the Southern Graphics Council. This national award is given to individuals who exhibit outstanding promise in the fine art practice of printmaking. There is only one fellowship awarded at each of the undergraduate and graduate levels, and Meier was the undergraduate fellowship recipient.
Tyler White, Associate Professor and Director of Orchestral Activities, has been awarded a $750 Composer Assistance Grant in support of the premiere of "Mystic Trumpeter (Symphony No. 2)" by the American Music Center.
The following faculty received Hixson-Lied Research/Creative Activity Travel Grants in February:
- Gretchen Foley, School of Music, $1,400, Paper presentation at the International Meeting of the College Music Society in Alcala de Henares, Spain.
- Paul Haar, School of Music, $220, Performance at the Region 3 North American Saxophone Alliance Conference in Des Moines.
- Michael Hoff, Department of Art and Art History, $1,200, Research presentation in Turkey in conjunction with the Rough Cilicia Project.
- Karen Kunc, Department of Art and Art History, $700, Presentation at the Southern Graphics International Conference in Washington, D.C. William McMullen, School of Music, $7,000, Moran Quintet Performance at the International Meeting of the College Music Society in Alcala de Henares, Spain.
- Pete Pinnell, Department of Art and Art History, $650, Presentation at the National Council on Education for the Ceramics Arts Conference in Baltimore.
- Pamela Starr, School of Music, $475, Presentation at the Reading and Writing Pedagogy of the Renaissance Conference in June at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.
- Brenda Wristen, School of Music, $950, Paper presentation at the National Music Teachers National Association Conference in Seattle.
The following faculty received Hixson-Lied Faculty Grants in March:
- Gretchen Foley, School of Music, $3,150, to support the creation of a computer program to assist her with her analysis of the twelve-tone music of George Perle.
- Dana Fritz, Department of Art and Art History, up to $5,000, to support the final request of her research project entitled "Garden Views and Beyond the Garden."
- Michael Hoff, Department of Art and Art History,up to $5,000, to support his continuing work on the Rough Cilica Archeological Survey Project.
- Aaron Holz, Department of Art and Art History, $5,000, to support the project "Hybrids, Coupling and Portraiture."
- Brenda Wristen, School of Music, $5,000, to support her project "Musical Activity in Small-Handed Pianists."
The following students received Hixson-Lied Undergraduate Creative Research Grants in February:
- Catherine Meier, Department of Art and Art History, $2,000, "A Time to Speak: Depicting Societal Issues Through Animated Drawing." This grant will assist Meier in completing her animated film, which she began as a UCARE project in October 2003. Completion of the project includes recording a soundtrack, producing a DVD and distributing and promoting the film.
- Krista Robbins, Department of Art and Art History, $1,850, "Site Specific Sculpture, Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery." Robbins has chosen a specific exterior site in the Sheldon's Sculpture Garden in the recessed area under the cement footbridge. She will transform the site into a vibrant inviting area, full of life and color, through the installation of her sculpture. Installation will occur in early April and will remain installed for two weeks.
- Sarah Stewart, School of Music, $1,875, "A Young Bassoonist's Guide to the Bassoon." Her goal is to foster and proliferate bassoon playing in isolated areas of Western Nebraska. Her project takes the form of a method book, which she will create to foster collaboration between the band teacher and the student bassoonist. She will also travel to various high schools to present clinics.
- Aaron Von Seggern, Department of Art and Art History, $1,590, "Classical Mediums." Classical Mediums is the continued study of Baroque subject and process. Von Seggern will use the grant to help purchase bronze, a 20-inch cubed block of marble and marble sculpting tools to help him create new renditions of Christian iconography within the Baroque style.
- Cullen Wright, Department of Theatre Arts, $1,700, "Charlie's Game." Wright wrote the screenplay for his movie, "Charlie's Game" in the summer of 2004. He began shooting the film in December 2004 and early this year, used this grant to conclude shooting in Cologne, Germany using students from the Film Acting School in Cologne.
The following faculty received recognition from the UNL Teaching Council and the Parents Association in February:
- Art and Art History: Dana Fritz, Peter Pinnell, Sandra Williams
- School of Music: Scott Anderson, Michael Cochran, Peter Eklund, Anthony Falcone, Quentin Faulkner, Gretchen Foley, Rhonda Fuelberth, Joseph Kraus, Russell White
- Theatre Arts: William Grange
John Bailey, Larson Professor of Flute, will conduct the International Flute Orchestra, featuring 35 professional flutists and flute teachers from the USA and Canada, on tour in China this May. The group will perform exchanges at conservatories in Beijing, Shanghai and Xi'an.
Paul Barnes, Associate Professor and Co-Chair of Piano, served as an adjudicator in piano for the Seattle Young Artists Competition at the University of Washington School of Music in March.
Peter Bouffard, Lecturer of Guitar, was recently a featured performer and clinician at the IHCC Jazz Festival in Ottumwa, Iowa. In April he will be adjudicating at the 2005 Iowa Jazz Championships in Des Moines along with Assistant Professor of Saxophone and Jazz Studies Paul Haar. Bouffard's former guitar student, James Valentine, recently won a Grammy Award for "Best New Artist" as a member of the internationally acclaimed group Maroon 5.
Santiago Cal, Assistant Professor of Art, has a multimedia installation entitled "Tierra! Tierra!" on display at Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery through July 5.
Mark Clinton, Associate Professor and Co-Chair of Piano, and Nicole Narboni, Senior Lecturer in Piano, were guest soloists with the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra on February 5. They collaborated with guest conductor Shinik Hahm on Bohuslav Martinu's Concerto for Two Pianos. Clinton and Narboni appeared in recital on the Music at the Mansion Series in Baltimore on February 13. The following weekend, the duo were featured soloists with the Concert Artists of Baltimore, under the direction of Maestro Edward Polochick. Most recently, the Clinton/Narboni Duo gave two performances with the San Antonio Symphony, under the baton of Maestro Giancarlo Guerrero. The duo received outstanding reviews for all three performances.
Lisa Fusillo, Professor of Dance, presented her paper "The Dance Educator's Role in Preserving Diversity" at the 18th World Congress of Dance Research sponsored by UNESCO in Argos, Greece, in November 2004. Also in November, she presented her paper "Massine's Le Tricorne: The Russian-Spanish Collaboration" at the European Association of Dance Historians (EADH) Conference in Logrono, Spain. This paper will be published in the European dance journal, Choreologica in three languages (English, French and Spanish). At the Annual General Meeting of EADH, Fusillo was elected as a council member to the organization. Following these two conferences, Fusillo has received invitations to teach ballet and dance history workshops in Spain, Italy and Estonia, which are planned for the spring and summer 2005. Fusillo has also been working with the Atlanta Ballet to create a curriculum of study model for professional dancers at three stages of their careers to earn an undergraduate degree: 1) for young dancers who may be apprentices in the company, 2) for dancers who have decided to conclude their performing careers, and 3) for dancers who are continuing their professional careers. Fusillo served as consultant to the Dance Division at Southwest Missouri State University in the preparation of their National Endowment for the Arts grant application for the National College Choreography Initiative Award (Fusillo is a two-time award recipient), which was awarded to SMSU in the fall.
Paul Haar, Assistant Professor of Saxophone and Jazz Studies, premiered a new work by Professor of Composition Randall Snyder at the North American Saxophone Alliance Regional Conference.
Aaron Holz, Assistant Professor of Art, has two paintings exhibited in Scope New York through RARE Gallery in Manhattan March 11-14.
Liz Ingraham, Associate Professor of Art, had her "Skins" theatrical performance open March 3 at La MaMa Theatre in New York City for a two-week run. She also had a solo exhibition of her sculpture at La MaMa's La Galleria exhibition space. "Skins" was based on the poetry of Ingraham, whose work has inspired a series of life-sized female "skin" sculptures. Throughout the play, a compilation of Ingraham's poems are recited over a sound system as the words come to life onstage through music, dancing, lighting and scenery. The production received a positive review from Adrienne Cea on offoffonline.com.
Tammy Meneghini, Lecturer of Theatre Arts, appeared in March in "Buttons and Bows," an original cabaret that pays tribute to women in work, life, love and play in honor of Women's History Month. The production was produced by the Lincoln YWCA and the Angels Theatre Company.
Albie Micklich, Assistant Professor of Bassoon, will perform with Dr. John Masserini, Assistant Professor of Clarinet at Idaho State University, at the International Clarinet Association Conference in Tokyo, Japan. They will perform original transcriptions for clarinet, bassoon and piano trio. The Moran Woodwind Quintet (John Bailey, flute, William McMullen, oboe, Diane Barger, clarinet, Albie Micklich, bassoon, and Allen French, horn) will be presenting a lecture/recital at the International Conference of the College Music Society in Alcala, Spain in June. They will perform and discuss chamber works of Dresden composer and pianist Theodor Blumer, whose works they have recorded on two CDs on the Crystal label. They will be recording Vol. 3 in May 2005.
Senior Lecturer in Piano Nicole Narboni's article "Viewing the Thumb as an Extension of the Arm" was accepted for publication in the Summer 2005 issue of Keyboard Companion Magazine.
Giacomo Oliva, Dean, recently presented Ragtime lecture/performances as part of the Chancellor's Speakers Bureau in Lincoln, Curtis, Kearney and Valparaiso.
Clark Potter, Associate Professor of Viola, performed pieces by Rameau and Telemann in a concert March 3 featuring all Baroque music with Ben Carlisle, harpsichord, and Anne Patterson, cello. On the Lincoln Symphony concert March 12 Potter was a featured soloist with violinist Anton Miller on Mozart's "Sinfonia Concertante." On his March 22 faculty recital, he performed music by 20th century composers Shostakovich and Hindemith, as well as a world premiere of a work by Alabama composer John D. White, who was also the pianist for the performance. Dr. White's appearance was made possible in part by a grant from the UNL Research Council's Visiting Scholar program.
Pamela Starr, Professor of Music History, will present her new paper "'A Great Ornament and Pleasure:' The Place of Music in the Educational Formation of Early Modern English Society" to the NEH sponsored conference "Reading and Writing Pedagogy of the Renaissance" at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University in June.
Robert Woody, Assistant Professor of Music Education, recently spent 10 days in Germany, hosted by Andreas Lehmann, one of Woody's co-authors on the book Psychology for Musicians (in press, Oxford University Press). Most of the time was spent in the city of Würzburg, and included consulting with faculty and doctoral students at the University School of Music, and shadowing a local high school music teacher. He also traveled to the city of Osnabrück to present the research paper "Musician's Use Visual Imagery and Metaphorical Language in Producing Expressive Performance" at the Meeting of the Systematic Musicology Section of the German Musicological Society.
Liz Love (BME Sophomore) commissioned Jeffery Richmond (MM) to write a piece for her featuring alto saxophone and bass, and Quartet I premiered a new quartet published through Dorn Publications by noted composer Hye-Kung Lee at the North American Saxophone Alliance Regional Conference.
Catherine Meier (BFA Art senior) had her film, "A Time to Speak" accepted into the 9th Annual Arizona State University Art Museum Short Film and Video Festival. Her film was one of only 26 from 365 entries from 28 U.S. states and 14 countries that made the cut.
Anthony Radford (DMA) has had a paper accepted for presentation at the International Conference of Voice Teachers in Vancouver, British Columbia in August 2005.
Jar Schepers (BFA Art senior) has been accepted into the graduate program for sculpture at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
Adam Tourek (BFA Art senior) has been accepted into the graduate program for sculpture at Washington University, Ohio University and Louisiana State University.
Cinema 16, a film and new media student group, was one of the two finalists in the UNL "Real Nebraska" video contest. The crew comprised 15 students, including 13 film and new media students, one theatre student and one music student. Josh Brokering (BFA Film and New Media senior) was involved in creating the winning film by Michael Sukraw.
Sarah Berkeley (BFA Art 2003) received a scholarship to work with Kendall Buster of Virginia Commonwealth University at Anderson Ranch this summer. Berkeley has been living in Germany and working as a web designer.
Kathleen Clement (BA Art 1950) recently had an exhibition at the Museum of Natural History-Mexico.
Jeremy Kolwinska (MM 1999) has been named Chair of the Department of Music at the University of Tennessee-Martin. He will start next Fall.
Abby Miller (BA Theatre 2002) appeared in an episode of "Gilmore Girls" in January on the WB television network.
Ian Moschenross (DMA 2003) was one of 12 pianists selected from around the world to participate in the 2005 TCU/Cliburn Piano Institute Teachers Program in Fort Worth, Texas, in May in conjunction with the 12th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. As a result of his selection, Moschenross will perform in a masterclass and receive a private lesson from a member of the international piano faculty. At the conclusion of the TCU/Van Cliburn Piano Institute Teachers Program, he will appear in a recital at the Walsh Center for Performing Arts on the campus of Texas Christian University.
Richard Moses (BFA Art 1959) is one of five artists featured in the exhibition "A Personal Selection" guest curated by Sheldon Director Emeritus Norman Geske on display at Modern Arts Midwest Gallery, located on the third floor Loft at the Mill in downtown Lincoln through April 30.
Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden: Daniel A. Siedell, Curator, will have an essay entitled "Art and Failure" forthcoming from The Journal of Aesthetic Education (2005). He has also been invited to serve as guest editor of a special issue of The Journal of Aesthetic Education that will focus on the relationship between curatorial and educational issues in art museums. He worked with Santiago Cal on the installation entitled "Tierra! Tierra!" that opened at the Sheldon Art Gallery on March 22 and will collaborate with the artist on a fully illustrated catalogue that will document and interpret the year-and-a-half long project. Siedell will present a paper entitled "Art and the Incarnation in the East and the West" at the American Liszt Society Festival, hosted by the School of Music, on April 16. He has been invited to curate and write the lead catalogue essay for an exhibition of new photographs by Enrique Martinez Celaya at the Brauer Museum of Art at Valparaiso University in Indiana for the Fall of 2005.