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Sarah Unruh ’12

Greer Fine Arts Visiting Artist Series

This fine arts endowment was established at Bethel College in memory of Milford E. Greer, Jr., a native of Geuda Springs, Kansas, who was interested in literature and music and excelled as an artist. He died in an auto accident in 1972 at the age of 45.

Dr. and Mrs. Robert C. Goering of Wichita, close friends of Greer, initiated the endowment, which brings visiting artists and scholars to the campus in the areas of music, visual arts or theater. Dr. Goering, a 1948 graduate of Bethel College and a native of Moundridge, earned his M.D. degree from the University of Mexico, where he met and married his wife, Amparo. Dr. Goering served as a clinical pathologist at St. Joseph Medical Center in Wichita until his death in 1982.

Trustees to plan the endowed programs are John McCabe-Juhnke, professor of communication arts, David Long, professor of art, and Karen Bauman Schlabaugh, professor of music.

Past Visiting Artist Series:

2010s

  • (2010) Heinrich Toh, Artist
  • (2010) Paul Rudy, Composer

2000s

  • (2009) Alice Watterson, Artist-Teacher
  • (2008) Allen Vizzutti, Trumpeter
  • (2007) Peter Massing, Artist-Teacher
  • (2006) Greg Luginbuhl, Artist-Teacher
  • (2005) Arianna String Quartet
  • (2005) Nancy Palmeri, Printmaker
  • (2004) Lloyd Menard, Printmaker
  • (2004) Conrad Snider, Clay Artist
  • (2003) Chris Wolff, Potter
  • (2002) Buzz Alexander, Prison Arts
  • (2002) Elizabeth Dove, Printmaker
  • (2002) Count Basie Orchestra, Jazz Big Band
  • (2001) Henry Holden, Media Commentator, Comedian, Actor
  • (2001) Lynwood Kreneck, Artist
  • (2000) Gregory H. Miller and Dick Lehman, Artists

1990s

  • (1999) James H. Chapmyn and Living the Dream Theater, Actors
  • (1999) John A. Michael, Artist-Teacher
  • (1999) Frank Nemhauser, Conductor
  • (1998) William Christenberry, Visual Artist
  • (1997) Augusta Read Thomas, Composer
  • (1996) Paul Soldner and Maya Nishi, Artists
  • (1995) Patrick Dougherty, Artist
  • (1995) Alice Parker, Composer
  • (1994) Ted Swartz and Lee Eshleman, Actors
  • (1993) Symposium: The Arts, Culture and Community
  • (1992) Nicholas Hill, Artist
  • (1991) Symposium: The Arts and Prophetic Imagination
  • (1991) Erma Martin Yost, Artist
  • (1990) Malcolm Miller, Chartres Cathedral Scholar
  • (1990) Roberto Caamaño, Composer

1980s

  • (1989) Steven Fiol, Opera Director
  • (1988) Elvera Voth, Choral Director
  • (1988) Milford E. Greer Painting Exhibit
  • (1988) Bethel College Alumni, Cosi Fan Tutte
  • (1987) Centennial Alumni Art Exhibit
  • (1987) David Dunlap, Artist-Teacher
  • (1986) Willem Volkersz, Artist-Teacher
  • (1985) Wallace Shearon, Bass-Baritone
  • (1985) Jack Eddleman, Opera Director
  • (1985) Peter Hurford, Organist
  • (1985) Reinhold Marxhausen, Artist-Teacher
  • (1984) Laura Chapman, Specialist in Art Education
  • (1983) William Meyers, Writer/Director
  • (1983) Donald Martin Jenni, Composer/Theorist
  • (1983) Kenneth Hiebert, Graphic Designer/Photographer
  • (1982) Keith Dearborn, Music Educator
  • (1981) Leslie Irene Coger, Oral Interpreter
  • (1981) Alan Gussow, Painter
  • (1980) Arthur Tollefson, Pianist

1970s

  • (1979) Edward Sovik, Jr., Architect