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Hixson-Lied Visiting Artist: Jay Kreimer

5:30 pm
Richards Hall Room: 15
560 Stadium Dr
Lincoln NE 68508
Additional Info: RH
School of Art, Art History & Design, (402) 472-5522,
The Spring 2023 Hixson-Lied Visiting Artist & Scholar Lecture Series begins on February 15th with artist and musician Jay Kreimer. Kreimer is an improvising musician, instrument inventor and sound artist. He has been creating new musical instruments for nearly 30 years. He performs internationally, throughout North America, across Europe and in China and in India.

In 2013, he returned to India on a Fulbright fellowship to document street wedding bands. In March 2011, he was a finalist in the Guthman musical instrument invention competition. He has performed with Bryan Day for more than 15 years and the Mighty Vitamins for 20 years.

In the spring of 2019, Kreimer participated in an eight-show tour of Mexico with Bryan Day and Marco Albert, in support of the Albert Day Kreimer album “Mutations.”

He has created sound works, sculpture, photos and video for many installations with Wendy Weiss. He collaborates frequently with composer and performer Stacey Barelos.

He performed his water-based piece, “When It’s Gone,” at the De Young Museum in San Francisco.

He was the subject of a video segment of Nebraska Stories on NET, talking about his instrument-making work. This piece has been featured on the PBS national website ArtsCanvas and the PBS Newshour Facebook page (

Indian filmmaker Pooja Usha is finishing a longer documentary on Kreimer’s recently completed 2021-2022 Fulbright research project to make original instruments from ordinary materials in India. The documentary includes performance footage with a range of fine musicians.

He is also working with UNL professors Jesse Fleming, Kees Uiterwaal and Jinku Kim on quantum mixed reality experiences.

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

For more information on the series, contact the School of Art, Art History & Design at (402) 472-5522 or e-mail

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