Kami Olson stands with her jewelry that won Best of Show.

Works of art by Bethany College students are currently on display as part of the 2016 Messiah Festival Juried Student Art Exhibition. The annual art exhibition will continue through April 1 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. Award winners were announced at a reception on Sunday, March 20 at 1:30 p.m. in the gallery. Best of show was given to Kami Olson, a sophomore from Sedgwick, Kansas, for her jewelry.

The gallery show is free and open to the public. The Mingenback Art Center Gallery is open daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The following honors were awarded:

Best of show – Kami Olson, sophomore, Sedgwick, Kansas

Best junior/senior piece – Anna King, senior, Spring Hill, Kansas

Best Freshman/sophomore piece – Kayla Borell, freshman, Dighton, Kansas

Best of painting – Dujoh Ollivierre, senior, St. Vincent, Kingstown

Best of drawing – Kathleen Chartrand, sophomore, Wichita, Kansas

Best of printmaking – Madison Shetlar, senior, Garden City, Kansas

Best of Sculpture – Amber Warne, sophomore, Peck, Kansas

Best of Ceramics – Sara A. Warren, junior, Salina, Kansas

Best of Jewelry – Kami Olson, sophomore, Sedgwick, Kansas

Best of 3-D – Aaron Cooley, junior, Colorado Springs

Merit Award/Ceramics – Amber Warne, sophomore, Peck, Kansas

Merit Award/Drawing – Elsie Mealiff (2), senior, Beloit, Kansas; Jovi Carpenter, junior, Ottawa, Kansas; Stephanie Boren, freshman, Marysville, Kansas

Merit Award/Painting – Jenna Mall, junior, Clay Center, Kansas

Merit Award/Printmaking – Jenna Mall (2), junior, Clay Center, Kansas; Sara A. Warren, junior, Salina, Kansas

Merit Award/Sculpture – Kami Olson, sophomore, Sedgwick, Kansas


Of the 146 works entered, exhibition jurors selected 88 works for inclusion in this year’s show. Students whose art was selected for inclusion are:

Kansas – Beloit: Elsie Mealiff, senior, drawing, painting, printmaking; Bennington: Tabatha Ihnken, junior, ceramics, painting sculpture; Clay Center: Jenna Mall, junior, painting, printmaking; Dighton: Kayla Borell, freshman, 3-D Exploration, drawing, printmaking; Emporia: Sydney DeLong, sophomore, 3-D Exploration; Hays: Jacob Werth, freshman, ceramics; Hoxie: Lisa Stone, freshman, printmaking; Marysville: Stephanie Boren, freshman, 3-D Exploration, drawing, printmaking; Ottawa: Jovi Carpenter, junior, drawing, painting, sculpture; Peck: Amber Warne, sophomore, ceramics, printmaking, sculpture; Salina: Kylee Ayres, junior, 3-D Exploration, jewelry; Madison Shetlar, senior, ceramics, printmaking; Sara Warren, junior, ceramics, drawing, painting, printmaking; Noah Smucker, sophomore, sculpture; Sedgwick: Kami Olson, sophomore, 3-D Exploration, drawing, jewelry, painting, printmaking, sculpture; Spring Hill: Anna King, senior, drawing, jewelry, painting, printmaking, sculpture; Wichita: Hannah Chester, junior, jewelry; Kathleen Chartrand, sophomore, drawing.

Arizona – Tucson: Paulina Bledsoe, senior, ceramics.

Colorado – Colorado Springs: Aaron Cooley, junior, 3-D Exploration, ceramics; Montrose: Jacob Hebbel, junior, jewelry.

Missouri – Carl Junction: Brandon Divine, sophomore, painting.

Kingstown – St Vincent: Dujoh Ollivierre, senior, ceramics, drawing, painting, printmaking.

The artworks and awards in this year’s exhibition were selected by Stephanie Lanter, assistant professor of ceramics at Emporia State University and Erin Wiersma, assistant professor of art 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 135th anniversary performance of Handel’s “Messiah” on Easter Sunday. For more information about the Messiah Festival, call 785-227-3380, ext. 8229, 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.