Open Space to welcome 65 students to Hastings College for fine arts immersion experience

Hastings College is hosting Open Space for the Visual and Performing Arts next week, with 65 talented students from Nebraska, Iowa, Colorado and Missouri coming to campus Sunday, June 6 through Saturday, June 12.

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

Hastings College’s art faculty selected 36 students to attend Open Space for the Visual Arts this year, and the Department of Music and Theatre faculty selected 29 students for the performing arts track. Both were a very competitive and rigorous application process. Students will reside in the residence halls on campus during the experience and have social and civic opportunities to engage in the arts.

Selected visual arts students will work directly with Hastings College art instructors in glass blowing, ceramics, sculpture, digital painting and drawing.

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).

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 Saturday, June 12.

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 and feedback.

Each student will spend time each day in their selected area-specific technique class, which includes small group sessions for woodwinds, piano, brass, theatre and voice.

Students will also partake in a daily elective where they pick their own course. Electives were designed to include information on stage makeup techniques, tips on auditioning, puppetry, sound painting, improv and a wide variety of skills.

Finally, students will have personalized lessons with a Hastings College professor or visiting guest artist from their primary technique area.

On Friday, June 11 performing arts students will host an evening preview performance at Odyssey in downtown Hastings, and a final public performance will be held on the lawn in front of Fuhr Hall at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 12.

Students selected for Open Space for the Visual Arts include:

  • Rivers Bergen, Sutton, Nebraska
  • Rheagen Broadwell, Hastings, Nebraska
  • Fayth Brudvig, Nelson, Nebraska
  • Leizer Chi, Grand Island, Nebraska
  • Josephine Cooley, Council Bluffs, Iowa
  • Hannah Crawford, Juniata, Nebraska
  • Rebecca Dungan, Saint Charles, Missouri
  • Diego Espinoza, Grand Island, Nebraska
  • Benjamin Flynn, Ainsworth, Nebraska
  • Ellie Hall, Papillion, Nebraska
  • Andrew Hare, Bennington, Nebraska
  • Faith Husband, Cortland, Nebraska
  • Campbell Jenkins, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Jack Jenowe, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Makayla Kennedy, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Kadi Kimberly, Hastings, Nebraska
  • Jill Kramer, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Delaney Krutsinger, Imperial, Nebraska
  • Nathan Larsen, Council Bluffs, Iowa
  • Saraya Lilly, Fort Collins, Colorado
  • Maddie McDaniel, Glenvil, Nebraska
  • Alejandra Mendez, Crete, Nebraska
  • Regina Namuth, Fort Calhoun, Nebraska
  • Hannah Nichols, Broken Bow, Nebraska
  • Grace Ozzello, Council Bluffs, Iowa
  • Kaitlynn Parrish-Yell, Palisade, Nebraska
  • Denay Pelster, Elsie, Nebraska
  • Sophia Perez, Venango, Nebraska
  • Emily Pikop, Grand Island, Nebraska
  • Sasha Robinson, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Josiah Rose, Grand Island, Nebraska
  • Bryce Sidders, Grand Island, Nebraska
  • Liam Sites, Erie, Colorado
  • Alexandra Splittgerber, Kearney, Nebraska
  • Tara Thomas, Inavale, Nebraska
  • Renee Williams, Nebraska City, Nebraska

Students selected for Open Space for the Performing Arts include:

  • Donovan Andrews, Chappell, Nebraska
  • Linden Biskup, Wilcox, Nebraska
  • Brandon Bruns, Hastings, Nebraska
  • Caitlyn Cabela, Chappell, Nebraska
  • Maggie deFreese, Holdrege, Nebraska
  • Mary Emmerick, Kearney, Nebraska
  • Miriam Ganoung, Halsey, Nebraska
  • Samantha Gapp, Grand Island, Nebraska
  • Chloe Harms, Elm Creek, Nebraska
  • Libbi Hood, Hastings, Nebraska
  • Kaia Johnson, Ravenna, Nebraska
  • Breann Kelly, Sutton, Nebraska
  • Dylan Kramer, Kearney, Nebraska
  • Mackenzie Krull, Kearney, Nebraska
  • Emma Lowther, Seward, Nebraska
  • Keaton Mackin, Blue Hill, Nebraska
  • Janison Majors, Superior, Nebraska
  • Daniel McCarty, Kearney, Nebraska
  • Ethan Murrish, Kearney, Nebraska
  • Ella Ningen, Chappell, Nebraska
  • Ava Post, Derby, Kansas
  • Jason Robertson, Kearney, Nebraska
  • Jack Rueschhoff, Morrison, Colorado
  • Dylan Shaw, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Izzy Smith, Elkhorn, Nebraska
  • Jasmine Smith, North Platte, Nebraska
  • Ava Sutton, Cheyenne, Wyoming
  • Emily Woosley, Fairbury, Nebraska
  • Ariana Read, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Hastings College is 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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