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Bethany student art winners on display during Messiah Festival

Mattress Hanging from Room - Michelle Pihl

Mattress Hanging from Room – Michelle Pihl


Winning artists were announced Sunday in the Bethany College Messiah Festival Juried Student Art Exhibition.

The annual exhibition, part of Bethany’s annual Messiah Festival of the Arts, continues through April 6 in the Mingenback Art Center on the college’s campus.

The exhibition features ceramics, crafts, design, drawings, paintings, photography, printmaking and sculpture created by Bethany students currently taking art classes. The exhibition is free and open to the public. The Mingenback Art Center Gallery is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Of the 237 works entered, exhibition jurors chose 56 works from 21 students for inclusion in this year’s show.

Winners included:

  • Best piece overall: Hugo Escobar, Emporia, Kan., for his sculpture “Time After Time”
  • Best piece by a junior or senior: Kate Dibbern, York, Neb., for her painting “Discovered”
  • Best piece by a freshman or sophomore: Katelin Clawson, Ellinwood, Kan., for her ceramics “Cobblestone”
  • Best of ceramics: Kate Dibbern, York, Neb., for “Untitled I”
  • Best of crafts: Ariel Landrum, White City, Kan., for “Lock Necklace”
  • Best of design: Joel Graham, Smolan, Kan., for “Beatle Stamp Series”
  • Best of drawing: Nancy Castro, Costa Mesa, Calif., for “Just Keep Swimming”
  • Best of painting: Jennifer Desbien, Lindsborg, Kan., for “Lindsborg Gothic”
  • Best of photography: Michelle Pihl, Falun, Kan., for “Mattress Hanging from Roof”
  • Best of printmaking: Ariel Landrum, White City, Kan., for “Blind”
  • Best of sculpture: Hugo Escobar, Emporia, Kan., for “Time After Time”

Students whose art received a merit award included Maggie Bogan, Rogers, Ark.; Nancy Castro, Costa Mesa, Calif.; Kayce Clark, Courtland, Kan.; Katelin Clawson, Ellinwood, Kan.; Kate Dibbern, York, Neb.; Jorge Escobar, Emporia, Kan.; Morgan Evans, Yuma, Ariz.; Bryan Giesen, Anthony, Kan.; Abby Koch, Salina, Kan.; Tyler Kroeker, Sterling, Kan.; and Briana Zimmerling, Waterville, Kan.

Discovered - Kate Dibbern

Discovered – Kate Dibbern


The art works and awards in this year’s exhibition were selected by Marshal Maude, Ceramics Instructor at the University of Kansas and Benedictine College, and David Platter, Design Instructor at the University of Kansas.

The juried exhibition is part of the Messiah Festival of the Arts, an eight-day celebration of sacred music, theatre and art at Bethany College. The festival features the Bethany Oratorio Society’s 129th anniversary performances of Handel’s “Messiah.” For more information about the Messiah Festival, call (785) 227-3380, ext. 8132, or visit www.bethanylb.edu/messiah.

Just Keep Swimming - Nancy Castro

Just Keep Swimming – Nancy Castro



Mingenback Art Center is located on the corner of Olsson and Second Street on the Bethany College campus. 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.

March 31st, 2010|