Artist and TV creator featured in September 21 conference | Nebraska today

Artist and TV creator Ric Heitzman will present the next Hixson-Lied Guest Artist Talk at 5:30 p.m. on September 21 at Richards Hall, Room 15.

The conference is free and open to the public.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Art, Art History and Design’s Hixson-Lied Visiting Artist and Scholar Lecture Series brings notable artists, scholars, and designers to Nebraska each semester to enhance student education .

Working in multiple mediums, Heitzman has had a long career in the arts, media, and popular culture. As a visual artist, he has exhibited drawings, design, paintings and performances in galleries and museums across the country, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago and at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Houston.

Much of Heitzman’s early career was spent developing television series. He has designed and directed animated and live-action series for Cartoon Network, Children’s Television Workshop, SCSTV and Fox-TV. Working with luminaries such as Tim Burton, Lily Tomlin and Eddie Murphy to turn their visions into films and TV. It received four Emmy Awards for Co-Production Design, Art Direction, and Title Design.

Heitzman is also a member of the Screen Actors Guild, voicing characters and performing puppets for films and TVsuch as “Team America”, “Muppetvision 3D” and, most notably, on “Peewee’s Playhouse”.

Heitzman has taught and lectured at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Illinois Institute of Technology, the University of Southern California, and the California Institute of the Arts. He is a professor emeritus at Woodbury University in Los Angeles, where he taught storytelling, sound design, and animation.

In daily studio practice, Heitzman draws, paints and builds sculptures as well as animated shorts in Los Angeles.

Discover his art and design.

The remaining lectures in the series are:

  • Oct. 26: Christine Hult-Lewis, art history. Hult-Lewis is acting curator of pictures at the Bancroft Library, the special collections library at the University of California, Berkeley.

  • November 9: Sama Alshaibi, photography. Alshaibi works between photography, video, performance and installation. In 2021, she was named Guggenheim Fellow in Photography.

  • Nov. 30: Aaron Spangler, sculpture and printmaking. Spangler is best known as a sculptor, where he reinvents the traditional medium and technique of woodcarving with a contemporary eye.

Supported by the Hixson-Lied Endowment with additional support from other sources, the series enriches the culture of the state by providing Nebraskans with a way to interact with luminaries in the fields of art, history, art and design. Each guest artist or researcher spends one to three days on campus to meet with classes, participate in reviews, and give demonstrations.

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