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Art (including Glassblowing) at Hastings College, Hastings, NE

This blog contains direct quotes from websites as of 2023. Programs and policies do change, at colleges, from time to time, so please check with the colleges directly to receive any updates. These are not, necessarily, the biggest, best, or most popular programs at the college, but they are the ones that just “caught my eye” as unique, special, interesting, or just plain awesome. They are randomly listed in the blog section of this website. Enjoy!


From the Hastings College website, 2023: “By majoring in Art at Hastings College, you’ll be ready for a career that weaves your passion for art with other interests. The result? Opportunities as diverse as graphic design, education, glassblowing, owning your own studio, scientific illustration, sculpture and more.


“Gain skills to help you grow as a professional and as an artist.

Hastings College professors create an environment for collaboration among faculty and students, investing in your success. Plus you’ll have opportunities to try glassblowing in the best glassblowing studio of any college or university in the country while exploring sculpture, ceramics, painting, printmaking, drawing, graphic design and photography. All in the incredible 25,000 sq. ft. Jackson Dinsdale Art Center. Design your own experience and build a career you’ll love!



“Coursework in Art and other areas on campus culminate in your senior thesis exhibition featured in the Hastings College Gallery, preparing you for a meaningful life as a working artist, professor, gallery director, graphic artist, art therapist and more.


“Opportunities for internships abound in the art-loving Hastings community, from Hastings Museum to advertising agencies. Through internships and events sponsored by these and other arts venues, you’ll build a solid network as you prepare to launch your career and stretch your portfolio through exposure to new ideas and techniques.


“At Hastings College, you’ll have an opportunity to work in a studio with furnaces burning at 2,000 degrees! This is where you’ll discover how to create art from molten glass. It’s an incredible experience and one of the most popular series of classes on campus for students of any major who have an interest in trying something new.


“In the glass program, you’ll experience many forms of glass: glassblowing, sand casting and kiln casting. These are just a few ways to create glass art. Working with others as a team, you’ll fire molten glass and create pieces that can be showcased to others.


“The addition of the Jackson Dinsdale Art Center means you’ll have access to a state-of-the-art glass studio, a more spacious facility and modern everything, including computerized furnaces. These resources provide the space and materials you need to have a successful and exciting glass working experience.


“Hastings College students have interned across the country, and you’ll find graduates who’ve worked with glass:

In graduate school in Canberra, Australia,

Owning studio Vella Vetro in New Orleans,

Owning studio Piece Unique in Denver,

Serving as director of a glass program at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina,

Owning Weston Glass Studio in Kentucky,

Working at Blake Street Glass Studio in Denver and

Working at Starworks Studio in North Carolina.


“Glassblowing can open your mind to a new art form through a team-building environment and offer a chance to enter the glass community.”


Hastings is one of the colleges featured in my new book (click image for additional information):



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