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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Nelson shows artwork

Cari Nelson

Cari Nelson

Bethany College student artist, Cari Nelson, a senior from Marquette, Kan., will exhibit artwork created throughout her college career, including a semester abroad, in a gallery show beginning May 10 at the Mingenback Art Gallery on the Bethany campus. An opening reception is scheduled for Sunday, May 11 from 2 to 4 p.m. with a gallery talk at 2:30 p.m.

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Engel shows art

Christina Engel

Christina Engel

Bethany College Art Department will host a gallery exhibit by Christina Engel, senior, of McPherson, beginning May 2 through May 8. The exhibit will feature works of ceramic, painting and prints. An opening reception and gallery talk will take place Sunday, May 4 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Mingenback’s art gallery, located at Second and Olsson Streets in Lindsborg.

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Senior art exhibit

Holly PhelpsBethany College Art Department will host an exhibit featuring the artwork of Holly Phelps, senior, of Wichita.  The exhibition, including paintings, drawings, ceramics, and sculpture, runs through May 1 at the Mingenback Art Gallery located at the corner of Second and Olsson in Lindsborg, Kan. An opening reception is scheduled for Sunday, April 27 at 2 p.m. with a gallery talk at 2:30 p.m.

Phelps is exhibiting paintings and drawings from her four years at Bethany. Her show, “Raw Essence” incorporates her own essence of beauty through nature and people. Her main work is multiple portraits done of fellow Bethany College students, staff, and faculty. Phelps is the daughter of the Chuck Phelps and Rachel Blough.

The gallery is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

Student art selected

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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

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