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Hesston faculty member exhibit opens year at FAC Gallery

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – An exhibit of work by a native Kansan whose background influences her work and who serves on the art faculty at Hesston College opened the 2010-11 year at Bethel College’s Fine Arts Center (FAC) Gallery.

“Lois Misegadis: Recent Works” opened Friday, Sept. 3, and included paintings and drawings.

Misegadis is chair of the visual art department at Hesston College, where she has taught since 1999. She is also director of the Hesston College Gallery. She earned her B.A., M.A. and M.F.A. from Fort Hays State University.

Before coming to Hesston, Misegadis served as art faculty at Tabor College in Hillsboro and at Saint Mary of the Plains College in Dodge City. While in Dodge City, she was exhibit coordinator for the Carnegie Center for the Arts. She has also worked in art therapy at Prairie View and at the Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility and has taught middle school and high school art in La Crosse and Satanta.

Misegadis says, “Having grown up in ‘Post Rock Country,’ [I find] stone has a special meaning to me, whether it is in its natural element of the ground, used in architecture or a ruin of the past.”

“Lois Misegadis: Recent Works” will be on display through Sept. 24. It will be followed by “Jennifer Miller: Site Inspired,” opening Thursday, Sept. 30, with a reception for the artist, a 1996 Bethel graduate, Saturday, Oct. 9, during Fall Festival. “Jennifer Miller: Site Inspired” will run through Oct. 29.

Opening Nov. 4 is “Heinrich Toh: Midnight Bloom,” an exhibit of mixed media work. An artist based in Kansas City, Toh will be the 2010-11 Greer Lecturer. The exhibit will be on display through Dec. 10.

Also on the 2010-11 schedule: “Ted Krone: Formal Order,” Feb. 1-25, 2011; “Heather Meeds: Organic Forms,” March 4-April 11; the annual student exhibit, April 8-29; and the annual senior art exhibit by graduating art majors, May 6-22 with a reception for the artists during Commencement Weekend.

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 the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas listed in the 2010-11 Forbes.com analysis of top colleges and universities in the United States, and is in the first tier in its category in the U.S. News & World Report annual ranking of “Best Colleges.” The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see www.bethelks.edu.

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