Bethany College Art Department will feature the sculptures of Linda Ganstrom in the next gallery exhibition at Mingenback Art Center. The show, titled, “Nature Made/Maid,” will open on Thursday, February 9. A closing reception will be held on Friday, March 3 from 1 to 3 p.m. with a gallery talk at 1:30 p.m.

The exhibition features the pieces Seed Sisters, Bell(e)s, and Half Dolls sculpted from porcelain paper clay. The contemporary sculptures are hybrids of various types of figurative forms: statues, religious icons, effigy sculptures, mannequins, figurines, pandoras and half dolls. Sculpted over press-molded elements created from life cast molds, then painted with fleshy tones, these sculptures mine the uncanny valley between art and life, according to the artist.

Ganstrom has worked in ceramics for the past 30 years and explores issues relating her personal experiences to big picture questions primarily through figurative ceramics. She is a professor of art and design at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas where she teaches ceramics.

While in Lindsborg, Ganstrom conducted a two-day workshop for Bethany students. She assisted the students in creating body-cast molds and experimenting with various painted clay techniques.

The gallery exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. Mingenback Art Center Gallery, located at the corner of Olsson and Second Streets in Lindsborg, is open daily Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, please contact the Art Department at (785) 227-3380, ext. 8244 or email at