Brett Erickson | Hastings College

Brett Erickson

Associate Professor of Visual Arts
Phone: 
402.461.7338
Office: 
Gray Center, GC134

A photographer whose fine art and documentary images have won acclaim internationally, Brett Erickson’s work has shown in locations across North America and Europe. His work has appeared at National Geographic.com, National Public Radio, American Public Media and Nebraska Educational Telecommunications; he formerly served as the freelance Central Nebraska Bureau Chief for NET Radio (Nebraska Public Radio). His first book, PlainSky, Nebraskans, with National Geographic’s Sam Abell, was published in 2013.

A sought-after workshop instructor, he teaches yearly courses at the world’s foremost photographic educational center, the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops. 

Additionally, Erickson has been developing online content and systems for more than 20 years. As a high school journalism and multimedia department chair, he developed one of the first full-digital multimedia and convergent programs in Oregon. His primary areas of expertise include dynamic systems, development and social media strategy, and interface design. 

The Hastings College Student Alumni Association presented him with its award for exemplary teaching in 2005, and in 2015 he was honored with the Hastings College Art Alumni Exhibition. In 2017 he was selected as the Fall Artist Lecture Series Invited Faculty Lecturer, Hastings' highest faculty honor.

Brett is sponsored by Hahnemühle, one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious art paper companies.

He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts from Hastings College in 1995, a Master of Arts in Teaching with an emphasis in English Language Arts from Hastings College in 1999, and a Master of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, one of the nation’s top 12 journalism master’s programs, in 2009. He is currently completing his PhD in Educational Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Courses taught:

  • Introduction to Online Development & Design
  • Strategic Interactive Design
  • Interfaces and Applications
  • Grid Systems
  • Typography
  • History of Graphic Design
  • Introduction to Digital Photography
  • Intermediate Digital Photography
  • Advanced Photography
  • Traditional and Alternative Process Photography
  • Light and Photographic Lighting
  • Photojournalism
  • History of Photography