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Annual student exhibit now open in gallery

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Work by 39 Bethel College students is now on display in the annual exhibit that opened April 4 and continues through April 25 in the Fine Arts Center Gallery on campus.

The exhibit features work of students in 2013-14 art classes, from a variety of academic disciplines, in media including painting, drawing, photography, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry and book arts.

There will be a reception for the student artists in conjunction with Bethel’s annual URICA Symposium, April 24, 6-8 p.m., in the area just outside the FAC Gallery. (URICA stands for Undergraduate Research, Internships and Creative Activities.)

Student artists are Lina Adame, Newton; Aaron Aikens, Wimauma, Fla.; Sara Boman, Newton; Erin Bradley, Newton; Hannah Brinker, Shawnee; Sondra Buller, Aurora, Neb.; Xi Cheng, Jinhua, China; Alison Conrad, Dwight; Brittny Czarnowsky, Whitewater; Sierra Dirksen, Goessel; Erin Doerksen, Newton; Mitchell Dutcher, Flower Mound, Texas; Becca Epp, North Newton; Tia Goertzen, Goessel; Cory Graber, Moundridge; April Harpe, Memphis, Tenn.; Mattison Hiebner, Hampton, Neb.; Shelby Howard, Halstead; Samantha Jarvis, Newton; Jesse Kaufman, Newton; Yun Kee, Gwang Ju, South Korea; Jenson Kingsley, Newton; Ben Kreider, North Newton; Janae Lawson, Wichita; Apriel McDade, Houston; Audra Miller, Hesston; Sadie Minkevitch, Newton; Jessie Pohl, Moundridge; Matthew Rodenberg, Halstead; Katie Schmidt, North Newton; Terra Scott, North Newton; Britani Shrum, Eudora; Ashley Suhr, Valley Center; Rachel Tamerius, Wichita; Natalie Unruh, Clay Center; Andrew Walker, Newton; Samantha Wilkerson, Neosho Rapids; Tiana Williams, Kalona, Iowa; and Sarah Zurkee, Andale.

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.

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

The final exhibit for this school year will be the annual senior art exhibit, May 2-18, showcasing work that graduating art majors have developed during their junior and senior years. The reception for the senior exhibit will be May 16, during commencement weekend.

Bethel College is the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas listed in the 2013-14 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 2013-14. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see

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