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Annual student exhibit now open in FAC Gallery

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College students from multiple disciplines working in a variety of media are featured in the annual student art exhibit, which opened Monday, April 9, and continues through April 27 in the Fine Arts Center Gallery on campus.

The exhibit features work of students in 2011-12 art classes, in media including functional ceramics; charcoal, pastel and pen-and-ink drawing; embroidery; jewelry and metals; acrylic, tempera and mixed-media painting; black-and-white and digital print photography; and ceramic, mixed-media and found-object sculpture.

Student artists are seniors Samuel Agoitia, Maize, Erica Buller, Lenexa, Leah Clark, Manhattan, Maggie Goering, Hutchinson, Linda Gomes, Dhaka, Bangladesh, Jesse Kaufman, Newton, Kristen Lohaus, Noblesville, Okla., Taylor McCabe-Juhnke, North Newton, Audra Miller, Hesston, John Regier, Beatrice, Neb., Renee Reimer, Sioux Falls, S.D., Alyssa Schrag, Moundridge, Lucas Stertz, Lincoln, Grady Stultz, Goessel, and Miranda Weaver, Hesston; juniors Madeline Baumgartner, Silver Spring, Md., Edward Davila, San Antonio, Texas, Linsey Laird, Newton, and Christopher Smith, Hesston; sophomores Nicole Eitzen, Xalapa, Mexico, Kaitlin Heller, Lawrence, Austin Muckenthaler, Shawnee, Jorden Oden, Hutchinson, Cora Ogden, Haven, Terra Scott, Newton, Rachel Tamerius, Wichita, and Samantha Wilkerson, Neosho Rapids; and freshmen Zach Bear, Lindsborg, Emily Luedtke, Sedgwick, and Jessie Pohl, Moundridge.

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

There will be a reception for the student artists in conjunction with Bethel’s annual URICA Symposium, Thursday, April 26, 6-8 p.m. in the area just outside the FAC Gallery. (URICA stands for Undergraduate Research, Internships and Creative Activities.)

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 7-20, 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, Friday, May 18, from 6-8 p.m. outside the FAC Gallery.

Bethel College is the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas listed in the 2011-12 Forbes.com analysis of top colleges and universities in the United States and is the highest-ranked Kansas college in the Washington Monthly annual college guide for 2011-12. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see www.bethelks.edu.

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