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:
Arizona – Steven Ortiz, junior, Design, from Coolidge;
California – Nathan Coleman, junior, 3-D Explorations, Ceramics, from Oceanside;
Colorado – Ashley Eakman, freshman, 3-D Explorations, Printmaking, from Pueblo;
Kansas – Colton Hartline, junior, Ceramics, Andover; Elsie Mealiff, sophomore, Drawing, Painting, Beloit; Lex Deal, junior, Ceramics, Concordia; Cecilia Ramsey, junior, Ceramics, Drawing, Garden City; Audrey Wheeler, freshman, Ceramics, Haviland; Megan Kennedy, senior, Ceramics, Hill City; Karessa Nordyke, freshman, Ceramics, Hugoton; Katie Esh, senior, 3-D Explorations, Drawing and Maggie Fisher, freshman, Drawing, Printmaking, both from Lindsborg; Meghan Klaassen, senior, Design, Drawing, and Cari Nelson, senior, Drawing, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, both from Marquette; Christi Engel, senior, Painting, Printmaking, McPherson; Jovi Carpenter, freshman, Ceramics, Ottawa; Carole Stuenkel, junior, Design, Drawing, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Palmer; Madison Shetlar, sophomore, Drawing, and Sara A. Warren, sophomore, Drawing, both of Salina; Anna King, sophomore, Painting, Printmaking, Spring Hill; Hannah Chester, freshman, Design, and Holly Phelps, senior, Drawing, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, both of Wichita;
Nebraska – Susan Dudley, senior, Ceramics, Gothenburg; Sarah Styron, freshman, Drawing, Lincoln;
Pennsylvania – Sarah Hill, senior, Painting, Sculpture, Lititz;
Texas – Emma Phillips, freshman, 3-D Explorations, Willis;
International – Esther Boado, freshman, 3-D Explorations, Davao City, Phillipines; Dujoh Ollivierre, junior, Ceramics, Drawing, Printmaking, St. Vincent, Kingstown.
The artworks and awards in this year’s exhibition were selected by Linda Ganstrom, professor of art at Fort Hays State University and Teresa Schmidt, professor of art & coordinator of drawing at Kansas State University.
The juried exhibition is part of the Messiah Festival of the Arts, the 10-day celebration of sacred music, theatre and art at Bethany College. The festival features the Bethany Oratorio Society’s 132th anniversary performance of Handel’s “Messiah” on Easter Sunday. For more information about the Messiah Festival, call 785-227-3380, ext. 8137, or visit www.messiahfestival.org.
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.