Ashdown to exhibit senior show, “Growth,” at Bethany College

SBethany College senior artist Monica Ashdown will exhibit her senior art show, “Growth,” at the Mingenback Art Center on campus from Feb. 28 to March 5.

A reception will be held on Sunday, March 3, from 2 to 4 p.m. with a gallery talk by the artist at 2:30 p.m. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

This exhibition will be a culmination of Ashdown’s four years at Bethany. The works shown will be mostly oil paintings with a focus on the abstract with a strong emphasis on shape and color.

Ashdown, from Eureka, Kan., is majoring in pre-professional art therapy and studio art with a focus in painting. She spent summer 2012 completing her education-based experience with Arundel Lodge in Annapolis, Md. Lodge provides psychiatric rehabilitation services to area adults with mental illnesses.  These services help individuals gain independence. This experience solidified Ashdown’s choice to become an art therapist.

Mingenback Art Center is located on the corner of Olsson and Second Street on the Bethany College campus. It is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mingenback houses the premier center for art instruction in the region and a gallery devoted to the work of regional artists and Bethany College students and alumni. The Bethany College Art Department recognizes that open and rigorous inquiry is essential to a liberal-arts education. Because art reflects life, art made and displayed within the Mingenback Art Center may address mature themes.

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