The Bethany College Department of Art and Mingenback Art Gallery presents “Barnacled Midriff,” an exhibition of mixed media paintings by internationally recognized artist, Anne Austin Pearce. The exhibition runs from October 8 through November 2, 2018. There will be a reception for the artist with a gallery talk on Friday, November 2, from 5:00 pm – 7:00pm.

Thomas Piché Jr., Director of the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, describes Pearce’s work as “merging visual manifestations of the mystical, intellectual, and Anthropocene (relating to or denoting the current geological age).” Pearce illustrates those moments for which there is no distinct emotional adjective to employ – ambiguous moments that occur exclusively in one’s head or often between two people at an intersection of communication. It happens when we are grappling with a dream deferred or an expectation not met. It is the time passed shifting sensibilities, wavering between resolution and avoidance, teetering at the threshold of debilitating anxiety or liberating submission, deciding what, when and how to speak, what to distill, and whether to scream.

Pearce’s colorful paintings range from long scroll works, to smaller works on paper, which explore rich interactions of paint and pigments. At first glance these seem arbitrary acts of nature, but after more time reveal integrated systems of hand merging media and thought.

This event is 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 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For further information please contact the Art Department at 785-227-3380, ext. 8244 or by email: artdepartment@bethanylb.edu.

The Mingenback Art Gallery, in the Department of Art at Bethany College is a cultural center connecting the pedagogical needs of art students, invested with core values of Integrity, Hospitality, Community, Servant Leadership, Sustainability, and Excellence, to the diverse community in central Kansas. The Gallery serves Bethany College’s Department of Art degree programs in Studio Art, Visual Arts Administration, Art Education, and Art Therapy through innovative exhibitions, workshops, and artist lectures that challenge students and the wider community to engage, imagine, and create new possibilities.