Clinton, Stewart named Hixson-Lied Professors

Clinton, Stewart named Hixson-Lied Professors
Barger's professorship renewed

Alison Stewart is one of three fine and performing arts faculty to receive Hixson-Lied Professor honors. Other award winners for 2014-2015 are Mark Clinton and Diane Barger.
Greg Nathan | University Communications
Alison Stewart is one of three fine and performing arts faculty to receive Hixson-Lied Professor honors. Other award winners for 2014-2015 are Mark Clinton and Diane Barger.

Three faculty in the College of Fine and Performing Arts have received Hixson-Lied Professorship honors.

Mark Clinton and Alison Stewart have been named Hixson-Lied Professors, while the professorship of Diane Barger has been renewed for a second three-year term.

The Hixson-Lied Professorship program recognizes the work of the most outstanding faculty in the College of Fine and Performing Arts. Supported by a grant from the Hixson-Lied Endowment, the professorships are limited to tenured faculty at the rank of associate or full professor, who do not already hold a named professorship and who have demonstrated exceptional or overall performance over an extended time frame and whose accomplishments have gained significant recognition beyond the university.

The professorships are awarded for a three-year term and can be re-nominated for a second consecutive three-year term. The awards carry a $3,000 annual stipend that can be used to augment the recipient's salary or to support the recipient's creative or scholarly work.

Clinton is a professor of piano and co-area head of keyboard studies in the Glenn Korff School of Music. He has worked extensively with some of the world's foremost pianists, including Leon Fleisher, John Perry, Carlo Zecchi and Tatiana Nikolayeva.

As a critically acclaimed pianist, Clinton has garnered prizes at such prestigious international competitions as the 1987 William Kapell International Piano Competition and the 1991 Joanna Hodges Piano Competition. He has also served as faculty at Salisbury University, the Aspen Institute, Missouri Southern State University and the Ameropa Chamber Music Festival in Prague, Czech Republic.

Stewart, a professor of art history, has taught at UNL since 1989. She received a Bachelor of Arts in art history and journalism from Syracuse University, a Master of Arts in art history from Queens College of the City University of New York, and a doctorate in art history from Columbia University.

Her recent books include “Media Revolution: Early Prints from the Sheldon Museum of Art,” edited by Stewart and Gregory Nosan in 2012, which is available through the Digital Commons; “Before Bruegel: Sebald Beham and the Origin of Peasant Festival” in 2008; and “Saints, Sinners and Sisters: Gender and Visual Art in Medieval and Early Modern Northern Europe,” co-edited with Jane Carroll, in 2003.

She received a Fulbright Senior Lecturing/Research Award to teach and complete research at the University of Trier in Germany in 2014. She conducted research for her book she is writing on Beham, a 16th century painter-printmaker. The book will be the first full-length book on Beham written in English.

Barger is professor of clarinet in the School of Music, a member of the Moran Woodwind Quintet and chair of the wind area. She serves as principal clarinet with Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra, is Nebraska State Chair (2010-present) and Past Treasurer (2000-2010) of the International Clarinet Association and is a Buffet Crampon USA Artist/Clinician.

In addition to her work as a collegiate educator, Barger actively works with pre-college clarinetists and is involved in mentoring her cadre of clarinet instructors at Cornerstone Academy of Clarinet, where she serves as founder and professor of clarinet. She is also a member of the Trade Winds ensemble as an educational recording artist for Carl Fischer Music.

Barger is an active soloist and chamber musician, master class clinician and adjudicator throughout the United States.

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