Jerome Dubas has been a strong force in growing and strengthening the art programs within the Grand Island Public Schools. He has been teaching for thirty-seven years. During his tenure at Grand Island Senior High School he has helped double the enrollment in the art classes. He is also an adjunct instructor of art at Hastings College, teaching the pottery and clay sculpture courses for the past twenty-four years.
When he was awarded the Kim West Dinsdale Award for Excellence in Teaching, he was not only described as having a passion for art, but having a true passion for his students. The engaging lessons and fertile studio environment he provides his students offers opportunities for them to produce award-winning art. Their work has been well represented in state and national art shows and competitions. He diligently takes his students to art galleries and museums in Nebraska as well as national conferences to further their knowledge and appreciation for the arts.
Fostering large projects has been an earmark of his teaching career. From the early days when his students would conduct a day of workshops and an art competition for 250 students from 25 neighboring schools at the annual Sandy Creek Art Clinic, to Grand Island students making and installing large outdoor public art. In their latest venture, they have renovated and maintain a professional gallery in downtown Grand Island. UNDRground Contemporary Arts provides exhibition space to emerging and established artists. In turn, innovative and experimental visual art is accessible to the community of Grand Island. Art students from Grand Island Senior High are directly involved in every aspect of the operation of the gallery.