NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College associate professor of art David Long has mounted his first exhibition on campus in six years. He has not had a Bethel show since 2001, the year he began teaching at the college.
The display of pottery pieces runs through Oct. 26 in the Bethel College Gallery, located inside the Fine Arts Center building on the Bethel campus. Regular gallery hours are Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, 2-4 p.m. There is no admission charge.
Long’s current exhibition consists of two distinct bodies of work. One group is functional wood-fired pieces. The other group, while still functional, consists of multi-fired pieces.
In this second group of work, a high-temperature glaze was applied as a base color, followed by the first firing. Once this step was complete, Long applied brightly colored glazes to the surface of the pieces. The title of the exhibit, “Welcome to MY reality show,” derives from “the seemingly endless hours spent decorating these objects while sitting in front of the TV,” Long says.
Finally, the pieces were fired again, at a lower temperature. The intent is to employ color and design elements not found on traditional functional ware.
Long has two B.A. degrees and three graduate degrees: an M.A. in ceramics from the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, an M.A. in art history from Arizona State University, Tempe, and an M.F.A. in ceramics from Wichita State University. He frequently exhibits locally and is represented by Tree House Pottery of Dillsboro, N.C. He has taught at Bethel College since 2001.
The opening reception for “Welcome to MY reality show” was held Saturday, Oct. 6, during the college’s annual Fall Festival.
Bethel College is a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. Founded in 1887, it is the oldest Mennonite college in North America. Bethel is known for its academic excellence and was the highest ranked Kansas college in the national liberal arts category of U.S. News & World Report’s listing of “America’s Best Colleges” for 2008. For more information, see the Bethel Web site at www.bethelks.edu.