Art graduates present virtual thesis exhibition

To celebrate the work of eight May 2020 visual arts graduates, the Hastings College Department of Visual Arts is holding a virtual art exhibition of their senior thesis pieces from May 18 through June 12.

The virtual senior thesis exhibition can be viewed online at

Visual art graduates featured in the exhibitions are included below.

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Lauren Feden explores landscape through the medium of printmaking by carving agricultural patterns onto wooden furniture — both by hand and and using more advanced tools as a metaphor for farming. The print from the carving is hanging on the wall by the table.

After volunteering for a zoo, Holden Banks of Thornton, Colorado, was inspired by a zookeeper’s belief that human life comes before animals. His work mixes artificial animal habitats with modern-day human developed areas and is showcased through photographs.

Dakota Boydston of Hastings, Nebraska, showcases different digital environments inspired by Earth’s most uninhabited places.

Photography by Delaney Feezell of Hastings explores an individual’s relationship with their waste and impact on climate change.

Papillion, Nebraska, native Lauren Feden utilized used furniture and printmaking to portray midwest agricultural patterns to show how people make an impact on the land they visit, even in rural areas.

With clay, Dacia Hartman of Hastings explores how fragile it can be and uses it as a metaphor for mental illness.

Melissa Loney of Omaha, Nebraska, highlights the impression of memories and experiences people have consumed by working with sewing and other hand-craft techniques to further the existing dialogue on the inherent gender-binary of craft.

Bladen, Nebraska, native Morgan Stromer’s work is titled, “Compendium of Curiosity” and showcases the preservation of the natural world through animal bones and botanical and geological specimens to highlight her own innate desire for knowledge and learning.

Autumn Teff of Fremont, Nebraska, produced a comic, “Pleiades Seven Stars,” which creates a world with relatable human challenges and utilizes color to emphasize the uniqueness of the world.

Hastings College is Nebraska’s premier private college. A four-year residential college that focuses on student academic and extracurricular achievement, Hastings’ student-centered initiatives include providing books, an iPad and a two-week study away experience at no additional cost. A block-style semester schedule allows professors and students to focus on fewer classes at a time and promotes hands-on experiences. Discover more at

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