Works of art by Bethany College students are currently on display as part of the 2017 Messiah Festival Juried Student Art Exhibition. The annual art exhibition will continue through April 20 in the Mingenback Art Center Gallery on the Bethany campus.

The exhibition features ceramics, drawings, jewelry, paintings, photography, printmaking, and sculpture created by Bethany students currently taking art classes. Award winners were announced at a reception on Sunday, April 9 at 1:30 p.m. in the gallery. Best of show was given to Sara Warren, a senior from Salina for her painting titled “Persuasion.”

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 – Sara Warren, senior, Salina, Kansas
  • Best junior/senior piece – Esther Boado, senior, Davao City, Phillippines – drawing
  • Best Freshman/sophomore piece – Stephanie Boren, Marysville, Kansas – jewelry
  • Best of painting – Kami Olson, junior, Sedgwick, Kansas
  • Best of drawing – Jovi Carpenter, senior, Ottawa, Kansas
  • Best of printmaking – Esther Boado, senior, Davao City, Phillippines
  • Best of sculpture – Sara Warren, senior, Salina, Kansas
  • Best of ceramics – Noah Smucker, junior, Salina, Kansas
  • Best of jewelry – Hannah Chester, senior, Wichita, Kansas
  • Best of photography – Riley Afshari, freshman, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Merit Award/ceramics – Aaron Cooley, senior, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Merit Award/drawing – Kayla Borell, sophomore, Dighton, Kansas
  • Merit Award/jewelry – Hannah Chester, senior, Wichita, Kansas
  • Merit Award/painting – Kami Olson, junior, Sedgwick, Kansas
  • Merit Award/sculpture – Kayla Borell, sophomore, Dighton, Kansas; Sophie Servaes, freshman, Burlington, Kansas


The artworks in this year’s exhibition were selected by Matt Garcia, assistant professor Digital/Experimental Media in the Department 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 136th anniversary performance of Handel’s “Messiah” on Easter Sunday. For more information about the Messiah Festival, call 785-227-3380, ext. 8235, or visit

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.