Anne Austin Pearce, Hosted by the Bethany College Art Department
November 2, 5-7pm
Gallery Talk at 5:30pm
Mingenback Art Gallery

Anne Austin 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.

Anne Austin Pearce was born in Lawrence, Kansas and studied art at the Kansas City Art Institute, Brighton Polytechnic and the University of Kansas. In 1993, Pearce received a full scholarship to James Madison University, where she received her MFA in drawing and painting. Her work has been recently acquired by the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art and the Spencer Museum. Exhibitions include Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS; Corcoran School of Art and Design, Washington D.C.; and the Drawing Center, New York City. Anne’s first museum show will be at MDC’s Museum of Art + Design in Miami, 2013.

Currently, Anne is a Professor of Art at Rockhurst University and Director of Greenlease Gallery.

Visit her website here. 

Pastor Allen Smith, in celebration of Black History Month
February 9, 2019 (more information available soon)

Rev. Smith’s service to God began under the leadership of the late Reverend E.D. Nation at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church in Rayville, Louisiana.

On a scholarship, he attended Southern University at Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He graduated in 1986 with honors.

Being a chosen vessel, he began his active service for the Lord. He became a deacon-in-training at the Antioch Baptist Church in San Antonio, Texas. He also served as a deacon at Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Oakland, California and at Palestine Missionary Baptist Church of Jesus Christ in Kansas City, Missouri under the leadership of Rev. Earl Abel.

On April 27, 1997, Rev. Smith preached his first sermon and became licensed by the Palestine Missionary Baptist Church to preach the gospel. He became an ordained minister on June 3, 1998.

Pastor Smith is very active in the Salina Community. He is a man sent by God and ordained to duty for the body of Christ, at St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church.

Rev. Allen D. Smith officially took the pulpit on April 5, 1999. He is happily married to Shalonda. Together, they have been blessed with two wonderful children, Adria and Devin Smith.

Pearson Chapel

Michael Rinehart is Bishop of the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, a community of over one hundred congregations, campus ministries, retreat centers, and other agencies. At Valparaiso University, a Lutheran university in Valparaiso, Indiana he studied music, focusing on organ performance and singing in the VU Schola Cantorum, Chorale, Concert Choir. He received his Master of Divinity at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio. He lives in Montgomery, Texas with his wife and children.

In celebration of Women’s History Month

Cora Cooper teaches violin, viola, chamber music and string pedagogy at K-State. She studied violin with Peter Salaff, Charles Castleman, Karen Clarke and Eliot Chapo, and short-term with Linda Cerone and Simon Fischer. Cooper recorded for NAXOS American Classics and has professional symphony experience playing with the Vermont, Austin and Tallahassee Symphonies, and the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra. Research on music by women composers led to multiple performances at the Festival of Women Composers at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and lectures in the United States and England. Cooper publishes violin and viola music by women composers and assorted chamber music editions. Her latest project is a new chamber music series, Developing Contemporary Techniques, with two volumes published in 2018.

Cooper served on the violin committee for two editions of the ASTA String Syllabus, and has been a frequent contributor to the AST Journal. She has presented sessions at the national ASTA conferences three times. Cooper has attended the Starling-DeLay Symposium on Violin Pedagogy at the Juilliard School, the Teaching Violin to Children workshop, and is certified in the Sassmannshaus Method. She is a member of the founding education committee of the Boulanger Initiative, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting women composers.

Visit Dr. Cooper’s website Violin Music by Women Composers: A Graded Anthology.

ELCA Presiding Bishop
In celebration of Bethany College Graduation

Elected as the ELCA’s fourth presiding bishop at the 2013 ELCA Churchwide Assembly, the Rev. Elizabeth Eaton earned a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School and a Bachelor of Music Education from the College of Wooster.

Ordained in 1981, Eaton served three congregations in Ohio before being elected bishop of the ELCA Northeastern Ohio Synod in 2006 and re-elected in May 2013.

Eaton’s four emphases for the ELCA are: We are church. We are Lutheran. We are church together. We are church for the sake of the world. These four emphases are fundamental to identifying who the ELCA is.

In 2015, under Eaton’s leadership, the ELCA underwent an extensive vision process to help this church journey faithfully and effectively together in the years ahead. The process resulted in Future Directions 2025, a strategic framework that serves shared leadership across the ELCA to realize common aspirations and better face the challenges of this church.

In addition, with Eaton’s guidance, the ELCA launched Bishop Eaton’s Leadership Initiative, which encourages all ELCA members to seek out and inspire gifted people in our congregations and communities to consider a call to the ministry of the gospel.

Eaton also called together a task force in 2016 to draft a policy statement for inter-religious relations in the ELCA. As the chief ecumenical officer of the ELCA, she represents this church in a wide range of ecumenical and interfaith settings. She is the vice president for North America on the Council of The Lutheran World Federation and serves on the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA Governing Board and Development Committee, and Religions for Peace USA Council of Presidents.

As presiding bishop, Eaton travels extensively, representing the ELCA in a variety of capacities. This has included a visit to a Syrian refugee camp, commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with Lutherans from around the world in Namibia and participating in an ecumenical service commemorating the Reformation in the Lund, Sweden, cathedral with Pope Francis.

Eaton’s husband is the Rev. T. Conrad Selnick, an Episcopal priest. They are parents of two adult children, Rebeckah and Susannah.

Photo of Peter Bryant , Ph.D.

Peter Bryant, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Physics Department of Mathematics & Physics
Office Nelson Science Center 126 Phone: 785.227.3380 x. 8540
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