Griffey speaks on campus

Randy Griffey '90

Randy Griffey ’90

The Bethany College Alumni Office and the Department of Art will host a presentation from alumnus Randall Griffey ’90 on Friday, March 27 at 4 p.m. in the Pearson Chapel and Mabee Welcome Center.

A native of Norton County, Kansas, Randall (Randy) Griffey attended Bethany College from 1986 to 1990 receiving a B.A. in Fine Arts (Painting). Following graduation from Bethany, he entered the Kress Foundation Department of Art History at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, from which he received his M.A. and Ph.D. He was a pre-doctoral fellow at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Smithsonian Institution, from 1997 to 1998.

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Student art show

Messiah Exhibition 001 (1)The Bethany College Art Department will host the annual Juried Student Art Show as part of the Messiah Festival of the Arts beginning March 27 through April 17. An opening reception for the show is scheduled for Sunday, March 29 at 1 p.m. with an awards ceremony beginning at 1:30 p.m.

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Messiah Art Installation

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Maddy Shetlar working on her art installation.

Madison Shetlar, a Bethany College student from Salina, has been selected to display her artwork in downtown Lindsborg as part of the 2015 Messiah Festival of the Arts.

A student athlete and artist, Shetlar has been involved in art her entire life growing up in Salina. From local festivals to summer classes and various art lessons, her work has been influenced by a number of creative experiences. Shetlar is a junior majoring in Art Education at Bethany College and while she is gaining experience in drawing, painting and sculpture, her primary focus is on ceramics. Her triptych clay tile installation explores various shapes, how they fit together and the different designs and textures that go on each tile. When she is not focusing on art or teaching strategies for future use, she can be found playing and coaching basketball or eating honey crisp apples.

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Artist presents workshops

artdeptGinnie Hsu, a visual designer, illustrator and storyteller will visit Bethany College from February 26 to 27 to present her work, speak with students on their design portfolios, discuss design thinking, and conduct a “zine” workshop.

Hsu will speak about her work in design, illustration, and mobile app creation processes on February 26 from 1:30 to 2 p.m. and February 27 from 8:30 to 9 a.m. in room 124 in the Mingenback Art Center. Her discussion titled “Design Thinking” will be on February 26 from 3 to 3:30 p.m. in room 124 in the Mingenback Art Center and the “Happy Zine” workshop will take place on February 27 from 3 to 5 p.m. in room 129 in the Mingenback Art Center.

Hsu is a professional visual designer and storyteller. She is currently pursuing her Master of Fine Arts degree in Visual Communication focusing on Interactive Design and Visual Storytelling at The University of Texas at Arlington. She believes that well-designed digital experiences and technology can help improve society and human life. Her inspirations come from daily observations and empathy. Hsu’s mobile app “Bright”, has recently won the American Advertising Award, Student Silver Award, and she has received other various recognitions and awards for her work.

This event is sponsored by the Kahmeyer Visiting Visual Artist Lecture Series at Bethany College. This fund is supported entirely by charitable contributions in honor of Ray Kahmeyer.

Mingenback Art Center Gallery, located at the corner of Olsson and Second streets in Lindsborg, is open daily. Contributions are accepted – Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The public is invited to attend this event. For further information please contact the Art Department at 785-227-3380, ext. 8244 or by email: artdepartment@bethanylb.edu.

Gallery show opens

- "The Watchman Waits", crayon and graphite drawing

– “The Watchman Waits”, crayon and graphite drawing

A drawing, painting and print exhibit entitled ‘Transformations’ by Teresa Schmidt will be displayed in Mingenback Gallery October 24 through November 21, 2014.

Schmidt is a Professor of Arts and Coordinator of Drawing at Kansas State University. She received her BA and MA at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington and her MFA at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington. Schmidt’s work has been included in numerous solo and invitational exhibits. She has received awards in international, national, regional and state exhibitions, as well as being accepted in national, regional, state & local juried exhibits.

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Artist donates work

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(From left) Ron Michael, Denise Carson and Warren Olson, members of the art review committee, stand with artist Joanne Nuss and President Edward Leonard around the sculpture that was donated to the college.

Her life-long inspiration from the works of Birger Sandzen led artist Joanne Nuss to Bethany College many times and most recently to donate one of her original cast-bronze sculptures to the college.

Titled “Offering I” the bronze sculpture is from a series that was created with the idea that all life is both a gift and an offering. The sculpture that Nuss has given to Bethany was inspired by the fields of golden wheat that she loved as a child growing up in Kansas.

Nuss currently lives in Great Bend, Kansas, but has lived in Albuquerque and remembers visiting Bethany College as a little girl.

“I remember my mother taking me by the hand through the Sandzen gallery here when I was child,” she said. “I just knew when I saw his work, that’s what I wanted to do.”

Art professor selected for show

"Zenith" by Bethany Art Professor Mary Kay.

“Zenith” by Bethany Art Professor Mary Kay.

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas recently announced that the exhibition State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now will feature 102 artists from all over the country. Bethany College Art Professor A. Mary Kay’s work will be included in State of the Art, which debuts at Crystal Bridges on September 13.

Crystal Bridges President Don Bacigalupi and Assistant Curator Chad Alligood traveled to Lindsborg in December 2014 to conduct an interview with Kay as part of the search for the most compelling American art being created today. Continue reading

New show opens

White Queen

A ceramic work by artist Linda Ganstrom, entitled “White Queen.”

A ceramic sculpture exhibit entitled “Bell(e)s on Progress: Lindsborg”by Linda Ganstrom will be displayed in Mingenback Gallery August 18 through September 5, 2014. The exhibition includes a closing tea party reception and gallery talk on Sept. 5, from 1-3 p.m. in the gallery. The artist invites guests to dress in best tea party outfits and join in the exhibition. Continue reading

McKinney named distinguished professor

McKinney_3The most recent Mingenback Distinguished Professor found herself pleasantly surprised when she realized she was contemplating a move to central Kansas to accept a teaching position at Bethany College. Virginia McKinney, assistant professor of art – ceramics and sculpture, joined the Bethany faculty last fall and was recently named Mingenback Distinguished Professor.

During her interview process, McKinney said she could tell how invested the students were in the school and in the art department. “The interview process was fascinating to me,” she said. “A group of students were in on the interview and asked really hard-hitting questions. That really impressed me and I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, I am really considering a move to Kansas.’”

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