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Fusion of music, painting exhibited in senior show

April 26th, 2021

"Lacrimosa," painting by Adam Kroeker

The reception for this year’s Senior Art Show, showcasing the work of Adam Kroeker, will be Friday evening, May 17, from 7-9 at the Regier Art Gallery.

Kroeker, a senior from Augusta, is exhibiting a dozen paintings under the title “Requiem Aeternam” in the Regier Gallery in Luyken Fine Arts Center on campus.

Kroeker received a competitive URICA Summer Research Grant in 2020 that he used to do much of the work on the exhibit. (His honors presentation can be viewed as part of Bethel’s 2021 URICA Symposium at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8AQzCO0hak)

“‘Requiem Aeternam’ is my visual interpretation of Mozart’s Requiem … [and] includes a total of 12 paintings, each relating to a movement of a requiem,” Kroeker said. “Together, they tell a unified story of the fall of humankind as well as humanity’s redemption.

“My requiem highlights many important social justice issues that are present in our world today: nationalism, racism, sexual violence, refugee crises, gun violence, police brutality.”

He noted that the final two pieces of his requiem don’t come from Mozart, but are inspired by Faure’s Requiem, “in order to give the series an uplifting resolution.”

“This project has been in the works for many years,” Kroeker said. “From singing Mozart’s Requiem my freshman year for [the annual] Masterworks concert, to illustrating the first sketch of this project on a boat in Venice, to painting during a pandemic, ‘Requiem Aeternam’ has been the culmination of my work and experiences over the past four years.

“My hope is that this series influences you to be more aware of social justice issues and moves you to help create a world where all may find rest.”

Kroeker will graduate from Bethel College May 16, and then do student teaching next fall to complete a degree in art with education licensure.

“Requiem Aeternam” will be in the Regier Art Gallery through May 14. Regular gallery hours are Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free. Face coverings must be worn and physical distancing practiced on the Bethel campus.

The reception for Kroeker and “Requiem Aeternam” is May 14 from 7-9 p.m. outside the gallery.

Bethel is a four-year liberal arts college founded in 1887 and is the oldest Mennonite college in North America. Known for academic excellence, Bethel ranks at #14 in the Washington Monthly list of “Best Bachelor’s Colleges” and #26 in U.S. News & World Report, Best Regional Colleges Midwest, and earned its third-straight NAIA Champions of Character Five-Star Gold Award, based on student service and academic achievement, all for 2020-21; is Zippia.com’s highest ranked Kansas small college with the highest earning graduates; has the #10 RN-to-BSN program in Kansas according to RNtoBSN.com; and is #57 among 829 U.S. colleges and universities named by lendEDU.com as “Best for Financial Aid,” as well as #23 “Safest College Towns in the U.S.,” ranked by lendEDU.com for 2020-21. For more information, see www.bethelks.edu

About Bethel

As the first Mennonite college founded in North America, Bethel College celebrates a tradition of progressive Christian liberal arts education, diversity within community, and lifelong learning.