Works of art by 28 student artists are currently on display as part of the Bethany College Messiah Festival Juried Student Art Exhibition. The annual art exhibition will continue through April 23 in the Mingenback Art Center Gallery on the Bethany campus.
The exhibition features 3-D explorations, ceramics, design, drawings, paintings, photography, printmaking and sculpture created by Bethany students currently taking art classes. Winners were announced on April 13 at a reception held in the gallery. The gallery show is free and open to the public. The Mingenback Art Center Gallery is open daily 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Of the 190 works entered, exhibition jurors selected 72 works for inclusion in this year’s show. Students whose art was selected for inclusion are: Continue reading
The Messiah Student Art Exhibition begins Saturday, April 12 at the Mingenback Art Center on Bethany College campus. An awards ceremony and reception will be held on Sunday, April 13 from 1 to 3 p.m. with awards given at 1:30 p.m. The exhibit will run through April 24.
Jurors for the exhibit are Linda Ganstrom, professor of art from Fort Hays State University and Teresa Schmidt, professor of art from Kansas State University.
Again this year, the two Easter-week oratorio renditions in Lindsborg, which conclude the 10-day annual Messiah Festival of Music and Arts, will be broadcast regionally on radio stations — utilizing the satellite Messiah Festival Radio Network through flagship station WIBW Radio in Topeka.
Both the Good Friday evening, April 18, J.S. Bach oratorio “St. Matthew Passion,” and the Easter Sunday afternoon, April 20, “Messiah,” will be broadcast live. Bach “St. Matthew Passion” will air at 7:15 p.m. and the “Messiah” on air at 2:45 p.m. Preliminary interviews and commentaries for each oratorio broadcast begin 15 minutes before the downbeats.
Five Bethany College students have been selected to perform in the Messiah Festival of the Arts Honors Recital on April 17 at 2:30 p.m. in Presser Hall. The performance is free and open to the public.
Students performing include: Mikhail Zhilin a senior from Rostov-on-Don, Russia; Sarah Doering, a senior from Apex, N.C.; Laura Klaassen, a junior from Marquette, Kan.; Ashley Glover, a junior from Emporia, Kan., all vocalists; and Samantha Anderson, a sophomore from Oberlin, Kan., French Horn.
The Messiah Festival of the Arts begins April 11 and features art, music and theater events through April 20. To purchase tickets, call Bethany’s Messiah Coordinator Blakely Bunning at (785) 227-3311, ext. 8137, between 1 and 5 p.m. on Monday through Friday or e-mail email@example.com.
Melody Steed, D.M.A., associate professor of music, has been appointed to serve as the Assistant Academic Dean at Bethany College. Her appointment officially begins in July, according to the announcement made by Provost and Dean of Bethany College Ken Macur.
In her new role, she will continue her leadership on the Bethany College Core Experience and expand to include leadership of the Quest Experience and work with Student Development and other aspects of first and second year experiences. She will take a lead role in supporting the expansion of Faculty Development initiatives and will begin working to lead and coordinate the different special-curricular programs on campus, such as Pearson Professor, Johnson Lecture Series and interterm. She will retain her role as college organist and as the accompanist for the Bethany Oratorio Society.
Each year students from the Bethany Oratorio Society are selected to perform solos during dress rehearsals for Handel’s “Messiah,” the highlight of the Messiah Festival of the Arts held annually at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kan.
This year ten students were selected for this honor, including seniors Mikhail Zhilin of Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Nichol DeChant, Leavenworth, Kan., Caitlin O’Connor, Arvada, Colo., Sarah Doering, Apex, N.C.; juniors Ashley Glover, Emporia, Kan., Laura Klaassen, Marquette, Kan., Cecilia Ramsey, Garden City, Kan.; sophomore Alyson Krohn, Agenda, Kan.; and freshmen Mark Klaassen, Marquette, and Angelica Reinert, Salina.
Professor of English Linda Lewis, Ph.D., has published an essay, “George Sand’s Consuelo and Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Aurora Leigh: Visionary Socialism versus Feminist Capitalism,” in vol. 31 of the journal George Sand Studies. Lewis’ essay examines the aesthetic and political theories of both authors.
Linda Lewis, a professor of English at Bethany since 1987, is the author of a number of articles, as well as four books: The Promethean Politics of Milton, Blake, and Shelley (1992); Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Spiritual Progress (1998); Germaine de Stael, George San.
Campus Pastor Noni Strand will share her passion for sustainability beyond the Bethany College campus this week by presenting a workshop at First Lutheran Church in Lincoln, Neb. For the Healing of the Earth: Ritual, Reflection, and Response is a multigenerational, interactive workshop that draws upon the resources of people of faith to address the environmental crisis and issues of sustainability that affect everyone.Strand’s unique approach to sustainability is rooted in the belief that spiritual and religious resources across all religions are key for helping address the environmental crisis – and related economic, social justice and spiritual crises that are interconnected. “Like the Body of Christ image in I Corinthians 12, we are connected with one another and all of Creation,” Strand said. “When one member or species or biome suffers, all suffer together with it.” Continue reading
The Messiah Festival of the Arts in Lindsborg, Kan., is offering three education outreach opportunities to area students this year as part of its events leading up to the Easter Sunday performance of Handel’s Messiah on the Bethany College campus. Programs include apprenticeships awarded to four area high school students. Continue reading
Bethany College is the recipient of an $80,000 grant from the Sunderland Foundation to replace the roof over the auditorium of Presser Hall. This award is one of the largest ever received by Bethany from the foundation and will be gifted over two years.
“We are excited to receive this grant from the Sunderland Foundation as a confirmation of the importance of Presser Hall to Bethany College and the region,” said President Edward F. Leonard III. Continue reading