LINDSBORG, KAN., April 6, 2012— Works of art by 24 student artists will be included in the Bethany College Messiah Festival Juried Student Art Exhibition on display through April 10 in the Mingenback Art Center Gallery on the Bethany 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.

The art works and awards in this year’s exhibition were selected by Erika Nelson, sculpture artist from Lucas, Kan., and Paul Hotvedt, painting artist from Lawrence, Kan. They chose 51 works by 24 students from the 242 entered. Students whose art was selected for inclusion in the show include:

Arvada, Colo.: Kristin Mihalcin, printmaking

Admire, Kan.: Alex DeLong, painting, printmaking
Buffalo, Kan.: Grace Luther, drawing
Chase, Kan.: Julie Weston, photography
Concordia, Kan.:  Angela Dvorak, ceramics
Eureka, Kan.: Kelsey Himes, ceramics, printmaking
Falun, Kan.: Michelle Pihl, printmaking
Garden City, Kan.: Cecilia Ramsey, design
Lindsborg, Kan.: Janie Tubbs, ceramics, crafts
Lyndon, Kan.: Hannah Wilson, painting
Marquette, Kan.: Cari Nelson, ceramics, drawing
McPherson, Kan.: Christi Engel, ceramics, design; Megan Gray, JR – printmaking
Salina, Kan.: Abby Koch, ceramics, crafts, drawing, painting, printmaking; Jordan Schwartz, ceramics; Cassandra Smith, ceramics, drawing, sculpture; and Sara Warren, ceramics
Wichita, Kan.: Holly Phelps, drawing, painting

Hermann, Mo.: Sarah Hill, design, drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture

Gothenburg, Neb.: Susan Dudley, painting
Omaha, Neb.: Courtney Kenny, ceramics, drawing, painting, printmaking

Apex, N. C.: Sarah Doering, photography

Terevan, Armenia: Ruzanna Boyakhchyan, photography
Kiev, Ukrane: Kateryna Shegera, photography
Winners were announced at 1:30 p.m. on Palm Sunday, April 1, at a reception in the gallery.  Award recipients include:

Best Piece Overall: Cari Nelson, “Almost Ready” drawing
Best Piece Junior/Senior: Abby Koch, “Pour 1 Series 3” painting
Best Piece Freshman/Sophomore: Sarah Hill, “Twirling” printmaking
Best of Ceramics: Sara Warren, “Notched Bowl”
Best of Design: Cecilia Ramsey, “Woman of War”
Best of Drawing: Abby Koch, “Life Drawing”
Best of Photography: Kateryna Shegera, “Cold Heart”
Best of Printmaking: Sarah Hill, “Domo!!”
Best of Sculpture: Cassandra Smith, “Layers of Me:  Harvest”
Merit Award for Ceramics: Angela Dvorak, “Cranberry’s Elegance”
Merit Award for Design: Sarah Hill, “Beauty of Nature”
Merit Award for Painting: Susan Dudley, “Before the Apocalypse”; Sarah Hill, “Geraniums for Granny”
Merit Award for Photography: Sarah Doering, “Jennifer”
Merit Award for Printmaking: Alexandria DeLong, “Yotel”; Megan Gray, “Beaver”

This exhibition is presented during Bethany College’s annual Messiah Festival of the Arts, when hundreds of guests enjoy the weeklong celebration of sacred music concerts, art exhibitions, and theatre performances. For the full listing of Festival events, visit

The Mingenback Art Center, located on the corner of Olsson and Second Street on the Bethany College campus, is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily during the academic year. Mingenback houses the premier center for art instruction in the region and a gallery devoted to the work of regional artists, Bethany college students, and alumni. The Bethany College Art Department recognizes that open and rigorous inquiry is essential to a liberal-arts education.

Bethany College, established by Swedish Lutheran immigrants in 1881, is a college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The mission of Bethany College is to educate, develop and challenge individuals to reach for truth and excellence as they lead lives of faith, learning and service. Bethany College is on the Web at

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