Art students showcase their art in the annual art show
On April 15, the Bethel College Art Department opened its doors to students and community members to share in their work through the annual art show.
“By my count, there are 56 students represented in the show,” said David Long, Professor and Chair of Visual Arts and Design.
With so many students’ works on display, it is likely that you know someone on campus whose work is hung in the gallery, which will remain open until May 6th, the final day of spring semester courses.
The featured works come from the last three semesters worth of art courses on campus, Spring 2021, Fall 2021, and spring 2022. The following classes contributed to the artwork exhibited in the art gallery: Painting, Drawing, Advanced Drawing (figure), Printmaking, 2D design, Film Photography, Digital Photography, 3D Design, Small Metals and Jewelry, and Ceramics.
Each of these courses focuses on different aspects of art and design, and projects range from student creativity to assigned projects. Bethel College students are required to take at least one art course to fulfill graduation requirements and are given the opportunity to display their work each year. This allows students to step outside their comfort zone and learn to appreciate art from a different perspective.
“In ceramics, I was able to track my progress in a way that isn’t done in a normal classroom,” said Chantz Scurry, a senior business major from Ardmore, OK. “Being able to see myself getting better by the end of the semester made it fun.”
Other students, like History and Political Science major Marvin Phillips, look forward to having others interpret their work through the art show.
“Having my work on display makes me feel appreciated. This is something that I put hard work into and is now being seen by others. I was able to express myself in a way beyond verbal communication. I hope people can see my vision behind the piece.”
Sophomore Nalea Payton, a biochemistry major, took ceramics in the fall semester. Her work is also on display in the Fine Arts Center.
“I chose the piece because the color had turned out the best out of all my other pieces,” said Payton. “It was one of the first pieces I made, so it’s not my best, but I had to save the other ones for Christmas gifts.”
None of these students are art majors, but each found value in their experiences and took pride in their finished products. Returning to its pre-COVID format, students and community members are welcome to enjoy these works once again. While the gallery opened on April 15th, a reception was held on Thursday, April 21st from 6-8 PM that welcomed many art enthusiasts over assorted refreshments.
For students who would like to explore the gallery, Professor Long asks that you not touch or handle the works of art but did not comment on any further art gallery etiquette. The gallery is open from 9 AM to 5 PM weekdays, and again on Sundays from 2-4 PM.