Works of art by 21 student artists will be on display as part of the Bethany College Messiah Festival Juried Student Art Exhibition.

The annual exhibition will be held March 25-April 6 in the Mingenback Art Center Gallery on the Bethany campus. Winners will be announced at 1:30 p.m. on Palm Sunday, March 28, at a reception in the gallery.

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 236 works entered, exhibition jurors chose 55 works from 21 students for inclusion in this year’s show.

Students whose art was selected for inclusion in the show include:

  • Yuma, Ariz.: Morgan Evans, senior – ceramics, crafts, sculpture
  • Rogers, Ark.: Maggie Bogan, junior – drawing, painting
  • Costa Mesa, Calif.: Nancy Castro, senior – ceramics, drawing
  • Anthony, Kan.: Bryan Giesen, senior – ceramics, drawing, painting
  • Bird City, Kan.: Samantha Beeson, junior – photography
  • Courtland, Kan.: Kayce Clark, sophomore – photography
  • Ellinwood, Kan.: Katelin Clawson, sophomore – ceramics
  • Emporia, Kan.: Hugo Escobar, senior –sculpture; Jorge Escobar, junior – painting, printmaking
  • Falun, Kan.: Michelle Pihl, freshman – photography
  • Halstead, Kan.: Eileen McNeil, senior – design
  • Lawrence, Kan.:  Rachel Gardner, junior – sculpture
  • Lindsborg, Kan.: Jennifer Desbien, senior – drawing, painting
  • Nickerson, Kan.: Tyler Kroeker, sophomore – ceramics, crafts
  • Salina, Kan.: Abby Koch, sophomore – crafts, printmaking
  • Smolan, Kan.: Joel Graham, senior – ceramics, design
  • Waterville, Kan.:  Briana Zimmerling, junior – ceramics, drawing, painting, printmaking
  • White City, Kan.: Ariel Landrum, senior – crafts, printmaking
  • Fairbury, Neb.: Emily Zimmerman, senior – photography
  • York, Neb.: Kate Dibbern, junior – ceramics, design, drawing, painting, printmaking
  • Pflugerville, Texas: Danny Jaime, sophomore – drawing

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

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.