Bethany College @ MindFire Academy will host exhibitions of University of Kansas Art Professor Norman Akers’ color prints and Bethel College Art Professor David Long’s ceramics at its art gallery at 3805 E. Harry, Suite 105, in Wichita, Kan., until Final Friday on Nov. 22 when a closing reception will be held from 7 to 9 p.m.
The gallery is open from Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tours of the impressive digital arts facility at MindFire Academy will also be available with a representative available to address any questions regarding educational programs. The exhibition, reception, and tour are free and open to the public.
Akers’ exhibited prints are from the “Survey” series, which display his continual interest in human migration and the use of boundaries and borders as ways of defining cultural groups. As a member of the Osage Nation, Norman utilizes traditional Osage symbols in combination with maps and contemporary iconography, to describe his fascination with the media’s portrayal of fact and fiction as related to indigenous populations.
Long is exhibiting ceramic functional works that incorporate the wood fired kiln process using differing ash glazes. This process allows the pots to embody variations of color along their surfaces that are directly dependent upon the firing process itself. The control and length of firings allows Long to adjust the surface colorations that engulf these utilitarian vessels.
Bethany College at MindFire Academy offers courses for personal enrichment as well as Bachelor of Arts degrees and certificates in audio recording arts, digital filmmaking, 3D computer animation and video game design.