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Annual student exhibit now open in FAC Gallery

NORTH NEWTON, KAN.– Work by 34 Bethel College students is now on display in the annual exhibit, which opened April 4 and continues through April 30 in the Fine Arts Center Gallery on campus.

The exhibit features work of students in 2012-13 art classes, from a variety of academic disciplines, in media including painting, drawing, prints, photography, ceramics, sculpture and jewelry.  

There will be a reception for the student artists in conjunction with Bethel’s annual URICA Symposium, Thursday, April 25, 6-8 p.m. in the area just outside the FAC Gallery. (URICA stands for Undergraduate Research, Internships and Creative Activities.)

Student artists from the local area are, from Newton, Sara Boman, Erin Doerksen, Nicole Goertzen, Samantha Jarvis, Jesse Kaufman, Linsey Laird, Maria Mancera, Emma Regier and Tiana Williams; from North Newton, Jon Roden; from Hesston, Audra Miller; from Moundridge, Cory Graber and Jessie Pohl; and from Hillsboro, Grady Stultz.

Others exhibiting are Adam Arciniega, Avondale, Ariz.; Brianna Bates, Hewitt, Texas; Madeline Baumgartner, Silver Spring, Md.; Sarah Bittle, Andover; Sondra Buller, Aurora, Neb.; Leah Clark, Manhattan; Alison Conrad, Dwight; Nicole Eitzen, Xalapa, Mexico; Jeremiah Howington, Paris, Texas; Keon Jones; Emily Luedtke, Wichita; Callie Manche, Wellington; Katelyn Melgren, Olathe; Nora Poell, Monheim am Rhein, Germany; Renee Reimer, Sioux Falls, S.D.; Serenity Seiler, Hanston; Samantha Sheridan, Riverside, Calif.; Rachel Tamerius, Wichita; Natalie Unruh, Clay Center; and Miriam Weaverdyck, Ann Arbor, Mich.

The gallery is located inside the Fine Arts Center building on the Bethel campus. Regular hours are Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, 2-4 p.m. There is no admission charge.

Bethel art faculty are David Long, professor of art, and Rachel Epp Buller, assistant professor of art, with the assistance of Gail Lutsch, professor emeritus of art.

The final exhibit for this school year will be the annual senior art exhibit, May 3-19, showcasing work that graduating art majors have developed during their junior and senior years. The reception for the senior exhibit will be Friday, May 17, during Commencement weekend.

Bethel College is the only private college in Kansas listed in the 2012-13 Forbes.com analysis of premier colleges and universities in the United States and ranks in the top five “Best Baccalaureate Colleges” in the Washington Monthly annual college guide for 2012-13. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see www.bethelks.edu.