Hastings College welcoming 35 students to Open Space for the Visual Arts

Hastings College is hosting its second Open Space for the Visual Arts with 35 of the most talented art students from Nebraska and western Iowa. The art immersion program, which runs Sunday, June 2 through Saturday, June 8 on campus, is designed for future artists completing their junior year of high school. It’s a tremendous way to expand the students’ hands on experiences in the arts.

Open Space logo

While on campus, students will work directly with Hastings College art professors in glass blowing, ceramics, sculpture, digital media, animation, painting and drawing.

Days will be filled with hands-on applied learning, as well as individual time to create in the region’s preeminent art facility, the Hastings College Jackson Dinsdale Art Center (JDAC). Students live in residence halls on campus during the experience, and have social and other opportunities to engage in the arts throughout the community.

A public showing of the students’ work will be open to their parents and the public in the JDAC from 10:00 a.m. to noon on June 8.

Hastings College faculty selected 35 students to attend Open Space this year in a very competitive application process.

Students selected for 2019 Open Space for the Visual Arts are listed below.

  • Corinne Baker, Southwest High School, McCook, Nebraska
  • Emily Boyd, Blue Hill Community High School, Ayr, Nebraska
  • Tessa Burkey, Crete High School, Dorchester, Nebraska
  • Shaylee Carlson, Lincoln Public Schools, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Abby Dallegge, Elkhorn High School, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Mia Dempsey, Central High School, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Mya Egan, Treynor Community High School, Council Bluffs, Iowa
  • Nora Fitzsimmons, Marian High School, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Benjamin Fleming, Iowa Western Community College, Council Bluffs, Iowa
  • Isabella Forman, Westside High School, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Devon Gibbons, Abraham Lincoln High School, Council Bluffs, Iowa
  • Margaret Hoff, Alliance High School, Alliance, Nebraska
  • Evelyn Holmstedt, Fort Calhoun Junior-Senior High School, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Meghan Johansen, Aurora High School, Aurora, Nebraska
  • Kylie Ketelsen, Westside High School, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Aniya Kreifels, Westside High School, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Sierra Maginnis, Diller-Odell High School, Odell, Nebraska
  • Emma Markle, Hastings High School, Hastings, Nebraska
  • Janeth Martinez, South High School, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Sophia McKee, Lawrence/Nelson High School, Lawrence, Nebraska
  • Irelynd Pearson, Twin River Valley High School, Genoa, Nebraska
  • Allison Peyton, Arlington Public School, Fremont, Nebraska
  • Riley Pope, Abraham Lincoln High School, Council Bluffs, Iowa
  • Alexandra (Sasha) Richards, Adams Central Junior-Senior High School, Hastings, Nebraska
  • Kellen Rief, Lewis Central High School, Missouri Valley, Iowa
  • Elexianna Rowland, Abraham Lincoln High School, Council Bluffs, Iowa
  • Mary Said, Marian High School, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Jordan Schnell, Nebraska Christian School, Central City, Nebraska
  • Lydia Stenka, West Holt High School, Stuart, Nebraska
  • Allison Stratton, Elkhorn South High School, Elkhorn, Nebraska
  • Mena Sullivan, Westside High School, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Keegan Towey, Gretna High School, Gretna, Nebraska
  • Clarissa Weitzel, Treynor Community High School, Treynor, Iowa
  • Korbin Wolfe, Westside High School, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Alicia Zimpleman, Benson High School, Omaha, Nebraska

Open Space for the Performing Arts, in which selected students work with Hastings College theatre and music professors in acting, technical theatre, instrumental performance, piano performance and vocal performance, is set for Sunday, June 23 through Sunday, June 30, 2019, on campus. Students selected for that program will be announced in early June.

Hastings College is a private, four-year institution located in Hastings, Nebraska, that focuses on student academic and extracurricular achievement. Hastings College has been named among “Great Schools, Great Prices” by U.S. News & World Report and a “Best in the Midwest” by The Princeton Review. For more, go to hastings.edu.

The Jackson Dinsdale Art Center is an architecturally innovative showplace for the arts and a superb teaching and learning environment for Hastings College students. The 25,000 sq. ft. facility opened in August 2016 and is the premier art center in the region and houses the best college glass studio in the country. The JDAC offers spacious studios, classrooms and gallery space.

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