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Sculptor’s work is about ‘negotiating with chaos’

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – A sculptor who has been creating and teaching art for more than two decades in south central Kansas has the current exhibit in Bethel College’s Fine Arts Center Gallery.

“Formal Order,” a solo show by Ted Krone, chair of the art department at Friends University in Wichita, opened Feb. 1 and will be on display through the end of this month.

“I used to think that, through process, I used the rules of formal order to manipulate or control the images I created,” Krone says in his artist statement. “Now I tend to think my mission is more about negotiating with chaos. To me it is a fluid process, where decisions are made based on lessons learned. Every piece I finish raises questions that can only be answered within the context of another work. This is fine with me because I have always enjoyed the process.

“I like to find order in my work,” Krone continues. “I try to establish a movement that leads the eye. Then I try to create something that will entertain the eye on its excursion throughout the piece. I do this by establishing clean hard edges that define the form and movement, and contrasting textures that interrupt the surface of the image.”

Krone has a B.A. from Fort Hays State University. He earned his M.F.A. from Wichita State University in 1973, with a major in sculpture and a minor in printmaking, and from 1973-74 taught ceramics at the Wichita Center for the Arts.

From 1974-89, he was chair of the art department at Cloud County Community College in Concordia. He has been on the Friends University faculty since 1989.

Krone has exhibited frequently in south central Kansas since 1972, as well as in Des Moines, Norman, Okla., and Columbia, Mo. In 2006, he was part of a group exhibit at the Amsterdam Whitney Gallery in New York City.

“Formal Order,” an exhibit of work by Ted Krone, will be on display in the Fine Arts Center Gallery through Feb. 25. On the schedule for the remainder of the school year are “Heather Meeds: Organic Forms,” March 4-April 1; 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 March 19-27 for spring break). There is no admission charge.

Bethel College is the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas listed in the 2010-11 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 “America’s Top Colleges” for 2011. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see

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