Open Space arts immersion experience begins June 18

Hastings College will welcome 32 students to campus as part of its Open Space for the Visual and Performing Arts immersion experience on Tuesday, June 18. Open Space concludes Saturday, June 22, with a public showing of student work and performances.

Open Space logoHastings College’s art faculty selected 18 students to attend Open Space for the Visual Arts, while theatre and forensics faculty selected 14 students for the performing arts track, which has a narrowed focus this year of theatre and speech. A public gallery show June 22 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Jackson Dinsdale Art Center (700 E. 12th Street) gives visual arts students an opportunity to share their work from the week, and a public performance will follow for performing arts students at 12:30 p.m. in Scott Studio Theatre (806 Turner Avenue).

The immersion programs are designed for future artists, thespians and speech competitors completing their sophomore or junior year of high school. It’s a tremendous way to expand the students’ hands-on experiences in the arts.

Students reside in residence halls on campus during Open Space and have social and civic opportunities to engage in the arts.

Selected visual arts students will work directly with Hastings College art instructors in glassblowing, ceramics and printmaking. During the week, students will engage in hands-on applied learning, as well as gain individual time to create in the region’s preeminent art facility, the Hastings College Jackson Dinsdale Art Center (JDAC).

Students selected to participate in Open Space for the Performing Arts will join a group of their peers for daily rotating schedules that feature small groups and individual lessons, creative time and feedback. Each student will spend time each day in their selected area-specific technique class.

Updates throughout the week will be posted at

Students selected for Open Space for the Visual Arts include:

  • Addison Birge, Bennington, Nebraska
  • A’olena Bonilla, Castle Rock, Colorado
  • Brooklynn Buhr, Hastings, Nebraska
  • Bri Fick, Kearney, Nebraska
  • Cali Gutierrez, Grand Island, Nebraska
  • Kylee Hicken, Palmer, Nebraska
  • Ryleigh Hill, Plattsmouth, Nebraska
  • Cam Hudson, Stamford, Nebraska
  • Malinda Kamler, Shickley, Nebraska
  • Morgan Kunze, Grand Island, Nebraska
  • Ehme Linner, Beaver City, Nebraska
  • Mads Mather, Kearney, Nebraska
  • Kaelyn Meyer, Kearney, Nebraska
  • Zuri Moore, O’Neill, Nebraska
  • Macy Moran, Grand Island, Nebraska
  • Olivia Schroeder, Lakewood, Colorado
  • Lauren Thompson, Hastings, Nebraska
  • Lucas Urbanski, Omaha, Nebraska

Students selected for Open Space for the Performing Arts include:

  • Isabella Ausk, Fairbury, Nebraska
  • Scott Bennett, Aurora, Nebraska
  • Olivia Burns, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Marion Day, Elmwood, Nebraska
  • Hannah Javins, Hastings, Nebraska
  • Liv L’Ecuyer, Fairbury, Nebraska
  • Charlie Lafler, Littleton, Colorado
  • Gunner Lippold, Falls City, Nebraska
  • Zoe Logan, Ada, Oklahoma
  • Bayleigh McCracken, Alliance, Nebraska
  • Mariah McDole, Red Cloud, Nebraska
  • Kylie Moore, Benedict, Nebraska
  • Vinnie Nunnenkamp , Hastings, Nebraska
  • Alondra Pedraza Arizmendi, Hastings, Nebraska

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