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Work by several artists to open FAC Gallery year

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Four Wichita artists, including a Bethel College art faculty member, will be featured in the inaugural show of the 2009-10 school year in the Bethel College Fine Arts Center Gallery.

“The Human Figure On and Off the Pedestal” opens Friday, Sept. 4, with work by Bethel Associate Professor of Art David Long and three of his colleagues in the Wichita area, Andrea Corcoran, Alaine Kuestersteffen and Kelsi Suderman.

This group has met several times this year for mini-workshops in which each has been allowed to explore his or her own individual aesthetic in regard to the human figure. The exhibit features two-dimensional images and sculptural work ranging from realistic to geometric compositions.

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 is represented by the The Art Center on Main, Garden City, Gallery 12, Wichita, and Treehouse Gallery, Dillsboro, N.C. He has taught at Bethel College since 2001.

Corcoran is a graduate of Wichita State University. She teaches art at Northwest High School in Wichita.

Kuestersteffen, also a WSU graduate, works as a professional artist. To see photos of her work, visit the Signs of Life Gallery Web site at and click on the “Artists” link.

Suderman is a graduate of Tabor College, Hillsboro, and completed her certification in art education at Bethel College. She taught one year at Wichita South High School and has just begun her first year teaching art at Moundridge Junior and Senior High Schools.

“The Human Figure On and Off the Pedestal” will be on display through Sept. 25, to be followed by David Long’s exhibit of work from his recent sabbatical (Oct. 1-30). Other shows scheduled for 2009-10 include sculpture by Erin D. Coleman-Cruz, DeKalb, Ill. (Nov.6-Dec. 11); mixed media works by Mark H. Cowardin, Overland Park (Jan.28-Feb. 26, 2010); and mixed media works by Lora Jost, Lawrence (March 5-April 2), in addition to the annual student show and senior show.

Regular hours for the Bethel College Fine Arts Center Gallery are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, 2-4 p.m. (closed during the college’s fall, Thanksgiving, Christmas and spring breaks). 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 only Kansas private college to be ranked in’s listing of “America’s Best Colleges” for 2009. For more information, see the Bethel Web site at

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