Open Space to welcome 68 students for fine arts immersion experience

Hastings College will welcome 68 students to campus as part of its Open Space for the Visual and Performing Arts immersion experience next week, with students from Nebraska, Colorado, Arizona and Iowa arriving on campus on Sunday, June 12, and participating in a variety of fine arts experiences through the morning of Saturday, June 18.

Open Space logoThe immersion programs are designed for future artists, musicians, thespians, writers 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. Creative writing and speech are both new Open Space initiatives this year.

For the visual arts, a public showing of the students’ work will be open to their parents and the public during a gallery reception and brunch in the JDAC from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 18.

Performing arts students will host a final public performance in Scott Studio Theatre from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 18. It is also open to the public.

Hastings College’s art faculty selected 34 students to attend Open Space for the Visual Arts this year, and the departments of Music and Theatre and Languages and Literatures faculty selected 34 students for the performing arts track. Both were a competitive 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 glassblowing, ceramics, sculpture, painting and graphic design.

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, which includes small group sessions for woodwinds, theatre, voice, creative writing and speech.

Students from both groups will also participate in daily electives where they select their own course. Some electives are one day, and some go over multiple days. Electives for this summer include experimental music; famous portrait recreations, which includes painting backdrops, makeup techniques and period piece costuming; digital illustration and animation; abstract painting; how to talk in front of people; learning piano in three days, which presents basic skills of keyboard musicianship for the non-musician; one-minute sculptures; pinch pots and self concept; singing and vocal health for the non-singer; and how do you market yourself as an artist or performer.

Updates throughout the week will be posted at

Students selected for Open Space for the Visual Arts include:

  • Cassidy Benjamin, Superior, Nebraska
  • Ashlynn Chipperfield, Alliance, Nebraska
  • Claire Dlouhy, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Theresa Fetterman, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Ximena Garcia, Grand Island, Nebraska
  • Esperanza Garcia, Papillion, Nebraska
  • Alexandra Goad, Gothenburg, Nebraska
  • Aspen Graves, Chadron, Nebraska
  • Andrew Hare, Bennington, Nebraska
  • Evie Howard, Bennington, Nebraska
  • Kaia Johnson, Ravenna, Nebraska
  • Brianna Jorgenson, Orleans, Nebraska
  • Katrice Lyons, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Ruby Mabbitt, Council Bluffs, Iowa
  • Olivia Manke, Bellevue, Nebraska
  • Marissa McClung, Elwood, Nebraska
  • Lily Messina, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Peyton Miller, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Scout Mueller, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Regina Namuth, Fort Calhoun, Nebraska
  • Marcel Nash, Papillion, Nebraska
  • Anna Palmer, Bellevue, Nebraska
  • Moira Rariden, North Platte, Nebraska
  • Zoey Rhynalds, Minden, Nebraska
  • Sasha Robinson, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Taylor Schnase, Hastings, Nebraska
  • Janet Soto Samaniego, Hastings, Nebraska
  • Sam Stephens, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Andrea Waller, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Annika Warn, Evergreen, Colorado
  • Karson Weiss, Hastings, Nebraska
  • Breanna Wieneke, Elkhorn, Nebraska
  • Rose Wright, Nickerson, Nebraska
  • Anna Zentz, Grand Island, Nebraska

Students selected for Open Space for the Performing Arts include:

  • Donovan Andrews, Chappell, Nebraska
  • Laureano Avalos Diaz, Crete, Nebraska
  • Addison Bryant, Anselmo, Nebraska
  • Maria Cornelius, Arvada, Colorado
  • Thérèse Daly, Lakewood, Colorado
  • Alex DeKay, Wood River, Nebraska
  • Charlie Doyle, West Point, Nebraska
  • Faith Eberhardt, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Lydia Edmonds, Gretna, Nebraska
  • Mary Emmerick, Kearney, Nebraska
  • Caitlyn Enderle, Aurora, Nebraska
  • Paige Fisher, Scottsbluff, Nebraska
  • Rebecca Ford, Cortland, Nebraska
  • Claire Fuqua, Woodland Park, Colorado
  • Paige Germer, Gretna, Nebraska
  • Dustie Harris, Dunning, Nebraska
  • Sally Joyner, Humboldt, Nebraska
  • Breann Kelly, Sutton, Nebraska
  • Gracie Lee, Minden, Nebraska
  • Hayden Mays, Ayr, Nebraska
  • Brenna McAdam, Seward, Nebraska
  • Bella Meyer, Albion, Nebraska
  • Nolan Murray, Omaha, Nebraska
  • William Paxton, Stuart, Nebraska
  • Kaitlyn Peterson, Gering, Nebraska
  • Kenzie Petr, Glenvil, Nebraska
  • Benjamin Rothermich, Kearney, Nebraska
  • Kristin Scarlett, Hastings, Nebraska
  • Mikayla Schroeder, Sumner, Nebraska
  • Ethan Stanton, Kearney, Nebraska
  • Josie Steele, Kearney, Nebraska
  • Hannah Thomas, Glendale, Arizona
  • Clara Waychoff, Mesa, Arizona
  • Emi Wesselmann, Omaha, Nebraska

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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