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Annual student exhibit opens in FAC Gallery

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College students from a variety of disciplines working in a variety of media are featured in the annual student art exhibit, which opened Friday, April 17, and continues through May 1 in the Fine Arts Center Gallery.

The exhibit features work of students in 2008-09 art classes, in media including charcoal and pastel drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture (mask-making) and stitchery.

Student artists are Ri’Tea Acosta, freshman from San Antonio, Texas; Allie Alvis, freshman from Wichita; Matthew Beth, senior from Newton; Jordyn Blanson, freshman from Oklahoma City; Sherman Boyd, freshman from Kansas City, Kan.; Erica Buller, freshman from Lenexa; Tim Burns, freshman from McAlester, Okla.; Camille Claassen, freshman from Whitewater; James DeGaeta, senior from Punta Gorda, Fla.; Emilie Doerksen, freshman from Newton; Beth Esau, sophomore from Newton; Amanda Fredrickson, sophomore from Lawrence; Zach Frey, sophomore from Newton; Sarah Fuentes, senior from Erie, Colo.; Aaron Gaeddert, senior from Leawood; Sam Gaeddert, junior from Hutchinson; Lindsay Geisler, freshman from Leonardville; Aaron Howard, junior from Halstead; Jackie Kamphaus, freshman from Clay Center; Andrea Kaufman, senior from Harrisburg, S.D.; Rashell Kaufman, freshman from Moundridge; Maya Kehr, junior from Goshen, Ind.; Kat Kendall, senior from Newton; Abbey Kirk; Emily Kliewer, senior from Lenexa; Kelli Kroeker, junior from Hutchinson; Derrick Law, sophomore from Galva; Kristen Lohaus, freshman from Noble, Okla.; Kelsie Miller, sophomore from Goshen, Ind.; Ben Mosier, junior from Hutchinson; Lacey Parker, sophomore from Lone Tree, Iowa; Emily Piper, senior from North Newton; Sam Piper, sophomore from North Newton; Matthew Root, senior from Topeka; Ren Scherling, freshman from Goodland; Kristen Schrag, senior from Moundridge; Maggie Stephenson, sophomore from Little River; Andrew Unruh, freshman from Valley Center; Ryan Unruh, senior from Moundridge; Amy Volweider, sophomore from Haven; Sara Volweider, freshman from Haven; Lee Voth-Gaeddert, freshman from Hesston; Joe Walton, sophomore from Newton; Kaylee Wiechman, junior from Valley Center; Sharayah Williams, junior from Kalona, Iowa; and Louise Zurkee, freshman from Andale.

Bethel art faculty are Gail Lutsch, professor of art, David Long, associate professor of art, and Rachel Epp Buller, adjunct assistant professor of art.

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

The final exhibit for this school year will be the annual senior art exhibit, May 8-24, showcasing work that graduating art majors have developed during their junior and senior years. The reception for the senior exhibit will be during Commencement weekend, Saturday, May 23, from 3-5 p.m. outside the gallery.

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 only Kansas private college to be ranked in’s listing of “America’s Best Colleges” for 2008 and one of only two Kansas colleges listed in Colleges of Distinction 2008-09. For more information, see the Bethel Web site at

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