The exhibition is free and open to the public daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Winners will be announced at 1:30 p.m. on Palm Sunday, March 24, at a reception in the gallery.
The exhibition features ceramics, design, drawings, paintings, photography, printmaking and sculpture created by Bethany students currently taking art classes. Of the 155 works entered, exhibition jurors chose 62 works from 21 students for inclusion in this year’s show. The art works and awards in this year’s exhibition were selected by jurors Norman Akers and Dukno Yoon.
Norman Akers is an associate professor of painting and drawing at the University of Kansas. Akers, born and raised in Fairfax, Okla., earned his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Kan. City Art Institute, and a certificate in museum studies from the Institute at of American Indian Arts, where he also taught. In 2007, he was selected to participate in the “We Are All Knots” print project sponsored by the National Museum of the American Indian and ART in the Embassies Program Print Series. He was also a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Grant in 1999.
Akers had solo exhibitions at the Lawrence Arts Center, Kan., Jan Cicero Gallery, Ill., and the Gardner Art Gallery at Oklahoma State University. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions including ones at the Katonah Museum, N.Y., Albuquerque Museum, N.M., and the National Museum of the American Indian at the Smithsonian. His paintings are in several collections including the Gilcrease Museum, Okla., Rockwell Museum, N.Y., Heard Museum, Ariz., Eiteljorg Museum, Ind., National Museum of the American Indian, Washington D.C., and Museum of Fine Arts, N.M.
Dukno Yoon is an Assistant Professor at Kan. State University and has taught at several universities in Korea. He received his Master of Fine Art from Miami University in Ohio and his Bachelor of Fine Art at Kookmin University in Seoul, Korea.
Yoon has actively exhibited his work in Korea, Japan, and the U.S., and has received several international awards. Yoon explores movements and mechanical structure as form to create small kinetic sculptures and jewelry.
Students whose art was selected for inclusion in the show are as follows.
Coolidge, Ariz.: Aaron Garcia, SO – Ceramics
Admire, Kan.: Alex DeLong, SR – Painting
Beloit, Kan.: Elsie Mealiff, FR – Drawing
Buffalo, Kan.: Grace Luther, SR – Drawing
Concordia, Kan.: Angela Dvorak, SR – Ceramics, Painting, Photography, Sculpture
Eureka, Kan.: Kelsey Himes, SR – Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture
Garden City, Kan.: Cecilia Ramsey, SO – Ceramics, Drawing, Sculpture
Lindsborg, Kan.: Katie Esh, SR – Drawing, Photography; Angela Rider, JR – Ceramics, Drawing, Photography
Marquette, Kan.: Meghan Klaassen, SR – Ceramics, Drawing; Cari Nelson, JR – Drawing, Sculpture
McPherson, Kan.: Megan Gray, SR – Drawing, Painting
Oakley, Kan.: Dayna Mannebach, SR – Drawing, Painting
Palmer, Kan.: Carole Stuenkel, SO – Ceramics, Design, Drawing, Sculpture
Spring Hill, Kan.: Anna King, FR – Drawing
Hermann, Mo.: Sarah Hill, JR – Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture
Gothenburg, Neb.: Susan Dudley, JR – Drawing, Painting
Carmen, Okla.: Michelle Stebens, SO – Printmaking
Baytown, Texas: D’Andre Thompson, SR – Drawing, Painting
Baku, Azerbaijan: Lamiya Korchiyeva, SR – Photography
St. Vincent, Kingstown: Dujoh Ollivierre, SO – Design, Drawing, Painting