Art

McGehee mixes mediums

A dozen easels stand at attention in a large, gray classroom. They are perfectly new, waiting for the first brush stroke or pencil mark from an artist’s hand. The cement floor below calls out for pencil shavings and paint splatters, while the walls long for the first sketch to be hung. When the artists arrive, so will the color, the life, the art. But the soul—where will the soul come from in this pristine, state-of-the-art facility? It’s a question Turner McGehee asked himself as plans unfolded for the new Jackson Dinsdale Art Center at Hastings College. McGehee, professor of art, former Art ...Read more

Omaha art scene brings HC grads together

For three Hastings College graduates, enjoying the Omaha arts scene is all in a day’s work. Amy (Krobot) Rummel ’94, Kori (Else) Radloff ’95 and Jessica (Hardy) Brummer ’04 are all marketing directors working to promote the arts in Nebraska’s largest city. Rummel is director of marketing and public relations for Joslyn Art Museum, Radloff is director of marketing for the Rose Theater and Brummer is director of marketing and public relations at Durham Museum. “It’s actually really interesting that you have three Hastings College grads working for three major arts organizations in Omaha,” said ...Read more

Reynolds '98 manages Broadway's 'The Lion King'

The circle of life has taken one Hastings College graduate from directing college plays to managing Broadway shows. Tom Reynolds ’98 has been working behind the scenes on “The Lion King” at the Minskoff Theatre in Times Square in New York City since 2007. As one of the show’s five stage managers, he is responsible for making sure what happens on stage goes off without a hitch. Armed with a headset and flashlight, Reynolds keeps the actors and crew on track and troubleshoots occasional problems so the audience never sees a mishap. “We check that everyone has arrived and everyone is working. ...Read more

Seeley '88 sculpts snow into colossal creatures

Matt Seeley’s sculptures might last only a few days, but for him, that’s part of the beauty of ephemeral art. Seeley ’88, a systems engineer, sculpts large-scale creations with snow, creating jumbo characters like a 16-foot praying mantis, oversized gnomes and a sprawling, crawling octopus. He also does sand sculpture and giant 3-D sidewalk chalk drawings. Each January, Seeley takes part in the U.S. National Snow Sculpting Competition in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, as one-third of Team Nebraska, which also includes sons Taylor and Thane. Over the past nine years, the team has earned several ...Read more

Inspired by family and Impressionists, Arias paints 2016 Best of Show selection

“The inspiration for my painting came from my family,” Katherine Arias, an art major from Lexington, Nebraska said of her work, "Mi Familia. 1 -- Diptych." “This was the first of my Junior Thesis and my goal with it was to make work showing how important my family was to me and do it in a really traditional, impressionist style to elevate them and make them a little more important and a little more in line with history.” Arias took the time to research impressionist painters and their work throughout history to understand their techniques and methods. She created her series of paintings by ...Read more