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Five seniors’ work on display for annual art exhibit

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The annual Bethel College Senior Art Exhibit opened May 2, with a reception for the artists to be held during Commencement Weekend.

Five seniors are showing work in a variety of media in the Fine Arts Center Gallery on the Bethel College campus.

Gretchen Bookout, Newton, is showing photography. She will graduate May 25 with a major in art.

Kate Larson, Clay Center, and Kimberly Schmidt, Wichita, are showing a collaborative mixed media installation with painting and ceramics. Both are graduating May 25 with majors in art.

Tim Parker, Moundridge, is exhibiting an installation of transformative art. He graduates May 25 with a double major in art and Bible and religion.

Dana Rathbun, Bennington, is showing paintings. She will graduate May 25 with a major in art.

The five are students of Gail Lutsch, professor of art, and David Long, associate professor of art.

The seniors’ exhibit will be open through Saturday, May 24. There will be an artists’ reception from 4-6 p.m. that day to which the public is welcome.

Regular gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday afternoons from 2-4 p.m. There is no admission charge.

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

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