Bethany College will dedicate new stained glass windows designed especially for the Bud Pearson Swedish Chapel on its campus with a service on Sunday, March 20 at 2 p.m. in the Chapel.
The windows, which will be placed in the peak of the chapel and depict morning and evening, were designed by former Bethany College Art Professor Dan Mason. Both windows contain strong vertical elements which can suggest at once a heaven/earth communication, sunlight, rainfall, and a quality of music—the music created by students in performance, and the music of the spheres, according to the artist. Each composition references Bethany College’s location with the flowing lines and plowed fields of the Kansas prairie, under the broad, open sky.
During his 12 years at Bethany, Mason served as chair of the art department. He retired in 2013 after 20 years at North Hennepin Community College in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. He lives in Minnesota and continues making paintings, prints and exhibits in galleries in Minneapolis, Des Moines and in academic settings around the country. Throughout his career, he has designed and fabricated stained glass projects for architectural installations in Kansas, Minnesota, Oklahoma and Michigan.
The windows were made possible through the generous gift of donors to Bethany College. They will be installed in the Pearson Chapel on Wednesday, March 16.